Cheating slightly….23rd May : Luang Prabang to Oudomxay

The photo:

Andy looking calm before our panniers fell off…

Question : When is getting a bus while bike touring not cheating?

Answer : When you’ve already ridden the (rather boring) route in the other direction

Well, that was what we told ourselves anyway. The prospect of a 2 day 200km trudge back up to North Laos on the same route we’d come down to drop into Luang Prabang was not an appetising one. Add in some rather menacing thunderstorms and our decision was made – local bus. The 6 hour journey was pretty unexciting, apart from when Andy heard a loud thunk and looked out the window to see one of our panniers (strapped, clearly not very securely to the roof of the bus) fly past his window as the bus careered along at 80km/hr. Oops. Luckily it was a pannier without the laptop/camera/andy’s speedos so the blog/photos/unsettling swimwear shots will continue – panic not readers!

Oudomxay was definitely not a destination town. We stayed in an unexciting room, ate an unexciting meal, and spent a romantic night with pillows clutched over our heads trying to drown out the noise of our neighbour hacking and spitting – a popular pastime among men in Laos and Vietnam.

best breakfast in Luang Prabang (arthouse cafe)


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4 Responses to Cheating slightly….23rd May : Luang Prabang to Oudomxay

  1. Rob Koppenhol says:

    It would be cheating if you left your garmin on in the bus though!

  2. Alison says:

    Thank you for being the first to follow my blog. As I’m sure you realized I’m just getting started and will move all older posts over from my old blog site in the next little while. (I’ve also completed the first post which you must have seen only half done.) WordPress rules!

    I will also follow your blog, especially since our next trip will be to Laos, Cambodia, Northern Thailand, Burma etc.

    I want to go to that waterfall! How do we get to it?

    Emma you have a wicked sense of humour 🙂

  3. Alison says:

    Forgot to say – fabulous photos!

  4. Alison says:

    Oops. Just realized it was Walked Thru that’s following my blog, not you guys specifically. Still my comments stand. And I still want to know where that waterfall is!

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