Category Archives: Laos

27th May – Land of Smiles (and 14 million tourists/year): Vieng Phouka to Chiang Khong

The route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/183380330 (119km, total 4680km – a tough ride with nearly 2000m of climbing, but good tarmac all the way) The photo: The chat: Our last day’s riding in Laos was bittersweet – another country ‘ticked’ but we both fear Laos … Continue reading

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Last full day in Laos: 26th May Luang Namtha – Vieng Phoukha

The photo: The route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/183380350 (60km, total 4561km) The chat: As we watched the rain sheet down and palm trees bend in the 50mph (possibly) winds from our guesthouse, we reflected on how fortunate it was that our ride today was short. … Continue reading

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25th May : Lazy lunching,Luang Namtha

 The photo:  A highly enjoyable morning was spent route planning while sitting in our cosy guesthouse munching thai omlettes and smugly waving goodbye to backpackers heading out into torrential rain to endure a 3 day jungle trek. When the rain … Continue reading

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Skirting the Chinese border: 24th May, Oudomxay to Luang Namtha

The photo: The route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/181777628 (119km – total 4501km) The chat: Today’s 120km ride had us skirting the Chinese border for much of the day. Every second beaten – up van going past was Chinese, the road  and shop signs changed to … Continue reading

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

The photo: 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 … Continue reading

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