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Off Circuit: A Solo Woman Traveller's Guide To Laos

From the cities to the countryside, the often overlooked Laos thrums with life and beauty

Patuxai was built in honour of those who fought for independence from France Photo: Shutterstock

Sitting at the edge of a turquoise lagoon, I watch a young boy dive headlong into its waters. He slices the blue neatly like a freshly sharpened sword as his circle of teenage friends burst into applause. The cheering dies and the silence of the jungle takes over again. I continue to soak in the unbelievably pristine surroundings until I get on my rented scooter and ride back to Vang Vieng, my second pitstop on my journey through Laos.