Laos Unlocked was one of those rare trips that exceeded my expectations. I was keen to visit the Wild Buffalo Foundation in Mark's adopted home of Phonsavan and meeting the students there was one of many wonderful memories I have taken home with me. Mark has an unerring ability to appear at unexpected moments with a little treat. In Pakistan it was tea as we watched the sun rise over the Himalayas, here it was gin and tonics at sunset on the French bridge near our hotel at Sala Don Khone. Mark really cares about giving his clients an authentic experience that goes far beyond ticking off tourist destinations. I have come back with a real feeling for Laos, keen to read and discover more about this beautiful and complex country.