With fresh air and clear skies, I don't mind occasionally slipping in a cool mud hole.
Fortunate for us, we have a local guide with us because our carefree hiking may have stumbled us into a “sting operation”.
Thanks to his advance warning, we avoid a possible temporary change in identity as he navigates us around a massive active beehive.
A huge money transaction ($20,000) and we are equipped to venture into one of the dark sides of being in Laos.
After climbing a set of stairs, we are given fair warning of what lies ahead. Wearing just sandals that limits my ability to run, I am both nervous and excited as we descend into the abyss of Cave Loup.