There are many neat little villages in and around Laos. It was awesome to see the locals doing their different arts and crafts and I stumbled upon a little wood working shop that was making little wooden statues for tourists to buy. This one nice guy was making a personalized elephant statue for me because thats what I requested so I could bring home a little gift for my nephew. They started with little blocks of wood and within 20 minutes a piece of artwork has been created. I was so impressed and my newphew did indeed end up loving the gift. So yeah check out Laos and pick up some locally made gifts!