Around the World in 800 Days

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by flyingdutchman177, Jun 20, 2012.

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  1. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    Here's a group of kids from the first village i stopped at

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  2. flyingdutchman177

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    This is the second village i stopped and it was even more remote. I had to ride a couple of miles off the main road to reach it.
    I handed my camera to a guy to take this picture and it was like he had never used a camera before. He didnt even know which way to hold it. After a brief lesson, he took this shot. Not too bad for a first time


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  3. flyingdutchman177

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    I saw this girl in a remote village and i had to get a picture of her with my moto. She stood out for a couple reasons. Certainly a freak of nature here in SE Asia :evil

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    Lots of beautiful waterfalls here in Laos

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    I was just a few miles from the border with China so i thought i would go check it out.
    I thought maybe i could get a one day visa.......no such luck.

    I asked the guy at the border is i could take a picture of my motorcycle on the China side of the border so i can say i went to China. Again, no such luck

    But the guy was doing some electrical work and he asked if i had a screwdriver. I said yes, and dug it out of my pack. I asked again if i could take my picture and he said ok but i had to give my keys and push my bike over the border line.
    So here is my bike inside China

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    There is this ghost town just inside the Laos side of the border with China.
    The story i heard was the Chinese money built about 10 hotels and about 3000 rooms plus a casino to bring business to Laos. The people of Laos were not wecome. Just rich Chinese men looking for a good time. They brought in the girls from Laos. But the party crashed when the word got out that it was more than a gambling trip for these men.
    The casino closed and all but two hotels shut down.
    It was a real ghost town.
    And since i had camped in abandoned houses and restaurants along the way, i can now say that i camped in an abandoned five star hotel.

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  7. flyingdutchman177

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    There is this ghost town just inside the Laos side of the border with China.
    The story i heard was the Chinese money built about 10 hotels and about 3000 rooms plus a casino to bring business to Laos. The people of Laos were not wecome. Just rich Chinese men looking for a good time. They brought in the girls from Laos. But the party crashed when the word got out that it was more than a gambling trp
    The casino closed and all but two hotels shut down.
    It was a real ghost town.
    And since i had camped in abandoned houses and restaurants along the way, i can now say that i camped in an abandoned five star hotel.

    [Here's a shot at the almost finished yet abandoned hotel at the Laos border
    I pulled my moto in to the lobby and pitched my tent right there. I was probably the first over night guest


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  8. flyingdutchman177

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    A view from the third floor

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    Crazy hotel!! I always wanted to try to ride an escalator:lol3
    Good one on getting into China for the photo:clap
  10. spacebro

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    I'm all for guerrilla style camping, and I've done my fair share of it, but I gotta say you have come up with some pretty awesome places to throw the tent down. This one is up near the top of the list just for the weirdness of it. Thanks for all the reporting, still following and enjoying the stories.
  11. davidbrundage

    davidbrundage Been here awhile

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    ^ +1
  12. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    The places, people, and things that you find in your path are amazing and unusual. You inspire me to get off the beaten path.
  13. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    Like something from the movie "Omega Man"
  14. 2wheeldevildog

    2wheeldevildog Been here awhile

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    Ed, loving reading about your journey. I'm still in Sept 2012. You are inspiring many of us. Hope your lady is there when you get home. I salute her too. :clap
    Be safe,
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    Eagletalon Been here awhile

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    Great reporting man! That pic on the china side was great and the camping on the abandoned hotel probably one of the top ones of strange camping here on adv. thanks for sharing with us man!

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  16. atokad

    atokad wan⋅der⋅lust

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    Ditto, I wouldn't sleep a wink in that place. Creepy. :eek1
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    +2 ! you keep going strong!!! have fun!!!
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    There's a bit more to the decline of Boten than a few ladies of negotiable affection. I believe that there were lots of guys coming across the border, losing their shirts, and more, in the Casino... and ending up in jail.... which caused the shutdown.

    There's still some of those ladies there btw... did you manage to escape their clutches, Ed?

    A Chinese company has bought up big around there and hopes to get it going again. We (I was there with 2 other guys) stayed in the hotel where the company has its staff... a 4+ star hotel and we paid $9 a night.... although they would only take Chinese notes, so we had to exchange USD for Yuan at the supermarket.

    A fascinating place... and a brilliant road leading to it. I imagine you'll be heading towards the Plain of Jars?
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    Making brooms in northern laos is big business. You see these workers everywhere collecting these plants to sell to the broom plants. From behind the plants seem to be walking on their own


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