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VAN LAOS (KIPPEN) NAAR CAMBODIA (DOLLARS)

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BOLAVEN PLATEAU
Het plateau heeft in deze tijd een niet te onderschatten plus: het scheelt graden met de lager gelegen gebieden. Verder heeft het gebied een aantal mooie watervallen, die zelfs in de droge tijd de moeite waard zijn. In feite rijd je hier een rondje: van de ene waterval naar de andere.

In Paksong zijn we bij de Tad…

SABAIDEE

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Hallo in het Laotiaans, en als je het zegt, krijg je altijd een big smile terug en soms Bibi of Hello, maar veel Engels wordt er hier niet gesproken. Soms makkelijk, want we worden nooit aangehouden…de enige persoon die dat heeft gedaan, stond heel geleerd naar ons rijbewijs te kijken, waar hij natuurlijk niets van snapte. Het alfabet ziet er…

03/08/2014 – 247 days/22472 miles

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Today had to be my most physically exhausting day so far.
It involved good asphalt, crap asphalt, gravel covered asphalt, hard packed dirt, loose gravel, looser gravel, washboards, rocks, ruts, sketchy bridges, steep hills, sand, silt, river crossings, and falling.
I loved it.I love the fact that I did it, and that I am now drinking beer instead of riding.…

03/07/2014 – 246 days/22224 miles

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Turns out Ban Nahin is on the northern portion of “The Loop” in Laos. Although I didn’t feel like riding the whole loop, I figured I’d make my trip from Ban Nahin to Pakse a little longer and ride the north, east, and south portions, rather than just taking the west side, which would’ve been much faster. The west side…

OP WEG NAAR LAOS

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OP WEG NAAR LAOS
OMGEVING CHIANG MAI
Op een klein halfuur van Chiang Mai wonen Els en Kees, die na een goed jaar reizen dit plekje hebben gevonden. We arriveren bij een mooi huis met weids uitzicht over de rijstvelden, waar de familie al op ons zit te wachten. Jammer genoeg voelt Kees zich niet echt lekker en gaandeweg de…

03/05/2014 – 244 days/21885 miles

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From Phonsavan, I had a long day of riding to get to Ban Nahin, which is near the Kong Lo cave (Tham Kong Lo)
I’m starting to find that as soon as you get off the few main roads in Laos, long stretches of dirt become fairly common.
I’m also starting to find that I’m getting more tired with each…

03/03/2014 – 242 days/21590 miles

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This happened yesterday.

I wish I had a more exciting story to go along with the picture, but all I have is this boring explanation…
I stopped to take a pee. I flipped the kickstand down with my foot. The kickstand hit a rock and bounced back up. I assumed that the sound I heard was the kickstand settling into…

03/01/2014 – 240 days/21308 miles

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The ride from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang, and the surrounding area, might have me convinced that Laos is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been.

And the food at all their little roadside restaurants is amazing as well
One day in Luang Prabang was spent riding around, getting lost…one particular road I took seemed to get less and…

02/23/2014 – 234 days/20922 miles

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Vang Vieng is an interesting place. The landscape is absolutely beautiful, and there are endless possibilities for what one could do while visiting.

Unfortunately, however, pretty much all that the place has become is a huge party. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my beer, but drinking from the early afternoon until the early morning every day is a bit…

02/18/2014 – 229 days/20637 miles

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Crossing into Laos was fairly simple, other than the fact I had to wait in line in the heat for a couple hours to get my visa.
I immediately noticed a fairly different feel to the traffic and roads. The roads were decent quality, but definitely not what you get in Thailand. And the traffic was a bit more unruly…it…

Discovering the Subtle Charm of Vientiane

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The Laotian capital of Vientiane is not a city often lauded as a tourist hub. Unlike Bangkok or Saigon, this lazy, tree-lined town is considered boring by many, and to be used only as a transit point for the rest of the country. We loved it.

 
Due to circumstances beyond our control, i.e, a week long wait to acquire…

Living Well in Luang Prabang

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Luang Prabang is a place I loved, and yet am unsure if I ever want to return to. A UNESCO World Heritage Site of around 50,000 residents, the town sits at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. What makes it so appealing may also lead to it’s inevitable downfall, as more and more travelers flock to it’s…

One Day, Four Thousand Islands

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Just as the captain pushed the boat away from the shore a seventh body catapulted onto the deck. He was winded but clearly excited to have made it with not a second to spare. We didn’t know who he was but he surely wasn’t a local. He was like the Incredible Hulk with tan skin and curly shoulder length hair.…

A Landslide Brought it Down

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The arrival of rainy season in Laos fell on deaf ears.
“It sure seems to be raining a lot lately,” Sheena would say.
“That’s just orographic precipitation and the rain shadow effect, my dear Sheena,” I would confidently retort. My lady can be so silly.
We woke up and started driving south, the rain continued to fall, and it…

The Saga of the Magic Worm

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The silkworm is exhausted after five long days of work. It is happy and warm and lays there in the darkness, dreaming of the wings that are soon to blossom from its back. It will never be a monarch butterfly, but nevertheless, it will have new freedoms. But the worm is awoken from its dream. Its body is spinning…

The Plain of Jars

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In the distance the road split and the orange blob on the back of the motorcycle taxi veered left. I pointed ahead and motioned to Brad to follow. “If we keep that monk within sight we’ll find the temple.”

The rural road out of Phonsavan quickly turned to red dirt. It was smooth and fast, but given Laos’s insane population of…

Crossing into Thailand from Laos with Your Vehicle (At Vientiane / Nong Khai)

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I recently crossed into Thailand from Laos at the Vientiane / Nong Khai border. As I was after a 60 day visa for me and my truck I thought I’d share the process I went through.

Exit Vientiane
Drive your vehicle as far to the front as possible then park and get out. Head to any of the offices with your…

Laos – Lovely and Luscious, A Real Forest Retreat

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Rice fields and mountains views
(Luang Namtha, Laos)
After China, Laos was always going to be about rest and relaxation. If there is a better spot than South East Asia for doing exactly that, then tie me down sport, and call me an Aussie!!.
The instant you enter South East Asia the shackles come off, the pressure dissipates, stress disappears,…

The International Missing Persons Incident

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I wiped the perspiration from my face, lugged my backpack onto my lap and opened the door. In the corner of my eye I noticed our SPOT GPS tracker in the center console. It had a button which, when pressed, would update an online map showing our current location. As an afterthought I picked it up and pressed the button.…

The Jailbreak

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The morning was warm and I awoke in a patina of sweat. I roused Sheena, swung my legs over the sleeping ledge and lowered myself into Nacho’s cabin. Already the sounds of the temple and the town filled the air. Monks chatted with one another, street touts advertised their wares, and tourists fended off obnoxious tuk tuk drivers.
“Hey you mister! You…

Nacho vs. the Mountain Bandits

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We spiraled our way up into the sky, slowly working our way over the jagged backbone of the Annamite Mountains. The curves in the road had put a twist in my stomach and I had to alternate between admiring the view and reading my Laos guidebook. Since Brad is the driver, my official role is route planner (and cook)…

A Pack Rafting Adventure on the Mekong River

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Stu and his pack raft ‘The Mekong Queen’ on testing day
(Luang Namtha, Laos)
While I was in Luang Namtha, Laos I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow Kiwi called Stuart Biggs. Stu and I discovered we were both fans of the adventurer Alastair Humphreys. Stu was so impressed he had taken a leaf out of Alastair’s book and…

Barkeep, Another Mekong Please

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Brad sat with his back to the Mekong River and I watched his face slowly darken to a silhouette of black. The sky was smeared with the most brilliant blues while the dark clouds seemingly sat on an invisible sheet of glass. We rested here, along the Mekong River on one of the many balconies that hung from the…

Rest and Recuperation in Laos

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Forest Retreat Cafe
(Luang Namtha, Laos)
Hi Everybody,
I know I’ve been quiet, so I just wanted to pass on a short message.
I crossed over the border from China to Laos 7 days ago. I’ve been resting and recuperating in Luang Namtha ever since. It’s a fantastically laid back place. A large portion of my time has been spent…

An Hour with Moto Lady

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She looked at me worriedly after each move, “you okay?”
I focused on my breathing, attempting to block out the pain, “oh yes, this is gooood.  Really good”.
“You so strong!  I push so hard and most, they say stop, you stop!  But… you okay?”
I was told by a Thai that a good massage is the right of every Thai…

Laos

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I arrived in Laos and Laos didn’t even know it. In fact, I was in Laos for about an hour, had lunch and a beer before I decided I should get a visa. I hopped in the car and started asking around: Where do I get my passport stamped?
I had entered Laos by barge.

Mekong and me.
Most people don’t…

Laos – the south – caves and 4000 islands…

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Since we liked the north of Laos very much, we also wanted to explore the south of the country. In the north we had especially liked the mountain landscape – in the south it was more the huge caves in the limestone hills, and the many islands in the wide Mekong River that we found very memorable.
First, we spent…

Laos – the north – heaven for motorcyclists

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We took a little bit more than two weeks to travel the north of Laos. It’s a beautiful area that seems like it is made solely for motorcycling. The twisty roads that run through the fantastic mountain landscape are generally in a relatively good condition. Traffic is almost non-existent, and for those that love to go off-road, there are many…

Secret Eden – Green Discovery Tours, Laos

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We always appreciate local, environmentally aware companies when we travel and, unfortunately, such companies are not the norm so were more than thrilled to find Green Discovery Tours in Laos. We had been hanging out for over a week in the delightful capital, Vientiane, when we found our Indian visas would not be ready for at least five more days.…

Not quite to plan

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The customs officer looked out of the window and wiped his brow. It was hot. Outside the lush jungle clicked and buzzed with tropical insects. On the desk in front of him was Magda’s paperwork. He looked back at me with a pained expression:
“What colour is your car?” he asked.
I looked out at where Magda sat patiently in…