A Little Time In The Trees.
Bokeo Nature Reserve
This is not an ideal excursion for the faint of heart, nor is it an ideal excursion for a single day - it's three days or none at all. Although, I can assure you they will prove to be some of the most gorgeous three days of your life. This is an experience for everyone who sat in a treehouse as a child, and was unhappy with the vista it offered: undoubtedly it was something suburban; undoubtedly the only interesting vista was the kids next door jumping on their trampoline. Bokeo offers more: a canopy level room, with almost uninterrupted panoramic sight lines, running water, and a little dash of electricity to charge your essentials. There is no reception, so don't even think about trying to call your friends to tell them what a great time you're having. That's not the point. Save it. Savour it. The only access to the rooms, and the only way to travel around the park is via zip-line, some of which are half a kilometre long. The lines are suspended anywhere from 60 to 150m above the jungle floor, which means if you are afraid of heights, this will be a resoundingly terrifying experience.
If you are lucky, you might catch sight of one of these elusive little chaps. However, they are relatively shy, and you may find that you complete your three days without a single sighting - not the end of the world, there are plenty of other wildlife to see, and the guides are unbelievably adept at imitating a range of animal calls....which means that for the truly lazy, it is possible to sit in the treetops and simply wait for them to come to you. Failing all else, I can safely say that spending a few days sailing through the air on half kilometre zip-lines, watching your feet dangle above tree tops and taking in the gorgeous surroundings...is one of the most satisfying, not to mention childishly fun things about the whole experience.
Each room has a small kitchen set on a nearby hillside (fear not, no one will try to light an open fire in a tree), the staff will whip up a dizzying array of traditional foodstuffs for all three meals, and the guides will ferry them across to the rooms. There is certainly something for all the Foodies out there: grilled bull hearts, Lao sticky rice, shots of Lao Lao (a rice based moonshine, which will strip paint off a wall), and soups etc.
You rise with the sun, and you tend to snooze as it sets. Relatively straightforward. There are plugs, and outlets, and a spare bulb hanging about, though if you use the lights after sunset - you are in the midst of the jungle, remember - you will attract many a mosquito, gnat, or other charming insects who will delight in entertaining you with an endless barrage of bites. Leave it out. Sleep at sundown.
I would stay at: Bokeo Nature Reserve
The full package price is hard to nail down, as it is in constant flux, but expect to pay somewhere around $300 for 3 nights, transport, and meals. (Tipping is extra, but you know that).