I did a lot of things in Laos and I think a lot of people assume the hot air balloon was the highlight but it was learning how to weave with a traditional loom and the process of dying spinning and weaving silk like this (and raising). These women are incredible masters of their art and it was an honor to glimpse at what they can do and learn a little bit.
The only reason divers go to Mabul or in the surrounding islands is to dive in Sipadan. Due to the access restrictions, visitors need to submit a request through their resorts and the biggest ones hold a monopoly of the accesses. Thus divers can go to Sipadan on average one day out of four.
I had to dive around Mabul three days around artificial reefs and small wrecks of little significance. But finally the great show came at the last day of my stay and it didn't disappoint me. I've never seen such a richness of reefs and colours, sharks were everywhere and turtles of any sizes. More refined divers were attracted by small things.
The restriction policies have helped the environment to stay intact and preserve its beauty.
Even though a lot of people told me to skip Mui Ne, I'm glad I didn't!
Waking up at 3.30 in the morning to watch the sunrise at the white sand dunes was totally worth it. It felt otherworldly and surreal seeing the sky change colors in a landscape that felt like the Sahara desert. In Mui Ne, there are white and red dunes, the white ones being the most impressive in my opinion.
And as if that isn't enough yet, Mui Ne is also home to a miniature version of the Grand Canyon. The soft red creek with strange rock formations at its shores is called the Fairy Stream. For the most part, it's only ankle deep, and walking barefoot through it is the best way to explore it.