Remote Asia offers a whole range of activities around this region. They differ from other Laos-based operators in two ways. Firstly they are totally online based and your whole trip can be meticulously planned in advance by e-mail with expert advice from the Remote Asia office. That means that when you arrive in Laos not a minute of your time is expended on admin. Secondly, although Remote Asia can offer an already set itinerary, you are also able to devise your own individual trip tailored entirely to your needs and desires. Again they use their on-the-ground knowledge to implement the logistics and provide support once you arrive. An affiliate agent in Luang Prabang is Laos Jewel Land, 02/29 Ounheuan Rd., Ban Chomkong (tel. 071/253-910; www.laojewelland.com).