Laos, self guided, self FUNded

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by gavo, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. gavo

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    Two weeks in Laos, same group of us as Cambodia/Vietnam last year, heres a sample', net is not the best here, more to come
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    The route about 1300 ks all up
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  2. pirate63

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    cant wait for the rest :clap:clap
    that last photo was it near the dam outside Vientiane?
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  3. Comrade Art

    Comrade Art Working stiff

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    Looking good Gavo :thumb
    Is that a Honda CRF 250x?
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  4. bajubaru

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    Great pic gents:clap:clap
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  5. gavo

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    can't say for sure but it was definitely outside Vientiane on the road to Pak Lay
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  6. gavo

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    no it's an honda xr250r
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  7. MuddySump

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    Looking good. Was in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia in 2007


    Not on bikes though :(: apart from the odd scooter for the day :D
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  8. gavo

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    we arrived in Vientiane after an overnighter in Bangkok.
    Some touristy things as we had a free day before collecting the bikes.
    A trip out to Budda park by tuktuk,about 20 clicks from Vientiane
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    And then something I wanted to see Patuxai, sort of like a Lao arc de triumph
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  9. gavo

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    sorry progress is slow, am still in Cambodia an internet has been so so and some times not avaliable.
    A few shot around Vientiane and a view from the deck at our hotel
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    the ride from Vientiane was dusty, bumpy and slow for the first part with our FTR honda being in desperate need of a decent rear shock when ridden 2 up and we averaged about 28 kph for the first 2 hrs,fourtunately the road improved later.
    A break
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    the Mekong
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    A stop for lunch in Xanamkhan, a bargain at $2.75 for the 4 of us
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    then onward to Pak Lay
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    the ferry crossing of the Mekong river
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    We hit town then had to turn off the main road to find our guesthouse, we missed it because I was looking at the GPS and their sign was obscured by trees. We slowly road up the side road and came upon this place
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    By the ways the girl came out and gave us keys I thought she was expecting us, WRONG, later on as we went walking back for dinner I discovered my mistake, oh well at $6.50 a night, hot shower and clean bed, such is life.
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    This is the place we had dinner and would recommend it also the son spoke very good english and was very chatty.
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    A short vid of some of the day
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    And Then :ear
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  13. gavo

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    Been distracted by all the jobs that didn't get done while I was away.
    Left Pak Lay after a breakfast of banana's and and three in one coffee's.
    The morning was cool and misty
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    A stop for fuel then head out
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    no problems so far and the cooler temp was welcome.

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    It didn't take long for the first smoke break :puke1
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    The road is of good quality and the scenery excellent
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    In fact the distance turned out to be about 50ks less than the map indicated :huh
    so we arrived in Xayaboury early at about lunch time, so thinking it's to early to check in to booked hotel we looked for somewhere for lunch and found this place
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    local food, even does takeaways for local businesses, don't speak a word of english, My Loation sucks so out with the book, managed to get chicken (kai) with sticky rice and vegetables and some kind of soup :clap
    After lunch off to the hotel only to be told no rooms government officials take all.
    Get on the phone to James at remote asia who made booking and pre paid. so after much talking , we have rooms on floor under renovation, the guy came in and reconnected the electricity while we looked on unimpressed.
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    So an afternoon to fill so a tour around town and on the other side of the river.
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    and assorted villages over the river
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    the view from the hotel
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    All in all a pretty easy day
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    I see Drunk People.
    That hotel looks rough!

    Nice to meet you the other week Gavo, looking forward to the rest of the report.

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    Ahhh! Sweet memories of the land of 1000 elephants - beer Lao and sao lao!
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  17. gavo

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    Ok , awoke early (25th Oct) no coffee, no breakfast , which was supposed to be included. Just a word here, Jim Barbush could not understand what went wrong at this hotel as it's normally very good, he apologized and refunded our money for the hotel, shit happens and we don't blame Jim.
    Anyway, early start
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    About 20ks down the road we stopped in a village where breakfast consisted of some orange drink that was kind of like juice and B.B.Q chips mmmm
    The shop and owner
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    another quick stop for a chainlube , 3 bikes 3000 kip and away we went.
    A bit misty this morning and my wife didn't notice this until we were next to it
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    scenery as good as ever,lots of villages
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    Then we came to another ferry crossing
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    Not everyone gets to ride first class:lol3
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    then some dirt road
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    we stopped at this village for a break
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    Just after this that truck with the pigs had pulled up and the owner was spraying them with a hose to cool them funny thing was the hose just looked like it ran into a random field, must have been a pump hidden somewhere.
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    This bridge out side Luang Prabang
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    The maps and routes Jim put in my GPS were brilliant had no trouble finding the hotel. (recommended) Villa Phathana
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    And a little quiz, What's wrong with this picture
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    Thanks for sharing!

    A couple of years ago I would have never even thought of traveling though southeast Asia on a motorcycle... Now it's one of the MANY trips I yearn to take. I love ADVrider and all the awesome ride reports!
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  19. gavo

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    Do it it's a feast of sights, sounds and smells. And bloody good fun:lol3
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    No dic brake:rofl
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