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Hot water bottles.

So today is our last in Laos. We cycled 100km from Vang Vieng to a small town with a motel 60km north of here. It felt great to be on bikes again ‘ back on the road’ after 4 days of relative inactivity. Imagine tiring of paradise! It was hot in the sun, drinking warm … Continue reading »

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On holiday in Vang Vieng

Happily doing very little in Vang Vieng. The Burmese embassy in Vientiane is 2 days of easy riding from here and opens on Monday so no need to depart until Saturday. Here we have sunshine, a beautiful river winding through graphite grey towers of limestone. Caving, tubing (not the drunken activity it once was here) … Continue reading »

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When the going gets tough, catch a bus!

Charles found a young Australian cyclist’s blog, roughly a month ahead of us on a similar journey. It takes 3 days to cycle to Vang Vieng and he walked for 3km of the challenging first day climb, south of Luang Prabang (+2135m -1000m). We climbed as high on Doi Inthanon, but without luggage, and not … Continue reading »

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Luang Prabang

After northern Laos Luang Prabang is unbelievable: a UNESCO protected town of spick teak buildings: patisseries, restaurants, boutique shopping, spotless temples, all very chic, but a shocking contrast to the people’s lives in the north. ¬†Here you can spend $150 on a meal, or $3 in the food market. Real coffee, apricot wheaten rolls, tarte … Continue reading »

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  We have crossed¬†the border into Laos and have taken a boat along Mekong river to Pakbeng. Suddenly meeting lots of cyclists: a young English couple, devoted to cycling who achieve far more than we ever will, a lovely Dutch couple trying long distance cycling for the first time, and a pair of English blokes, … Continue reading »

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