Magic String Edventure - This ain't gonna be no vacation. Going deep in Asia

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  1. flyingdutchman177

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    I am still alive aren't I? But it was a close call.
    I put the story and videos on my Facebook page.
    I just set up a YouTube account so I can upload the videos there and link them to my Ride Report
    Just give me some time to get it done.

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  2. #1Fan

    #1Fan Been here awhile

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    Awesome! I enjoy YouTube as a video platform because I can watch the videos on my television.
  3. flyingdutchman177

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    I love riding thru the countryside and coming upon little villages like this.

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    Yes, thank you Laos. I am having a "Good Trip"
    Riding along the mighty Mekong River

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    Some of the government built bridges have been neglected. But at least there was no toll and I didn't have to cross a deep river

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    Oh boy!!! Noddle soup again. Breakfast lunch and dinner

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    My "hotel" for the night along side the fast flowing Mekong River

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    kumatae Been here awhile

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    I’m not sure which part of Laos you have been riding but if you were riding near the Chinese border, that area is heavily used for North Korean defectors making their way to Thailand. Traffic isn’t as heavy these days but I’m sure you rode through same trails that they use at night.
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  5. Addapost

    Addapost Been here awhile

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    What's the story behind those huts? Are you just finding these empty huts to sleep in? Are they abandoned? Are they owned and maintained for use during certain times of the year? Is it acceptable for strangers to drop in and use one if it's unoccupied? Sorry if you've mentioned it, I've been reading along and haven't seen you mention the story behind those. Thanks for taking us along!
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  6. flyingdutchman177

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    danh600, May 8, 2019 #363
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    Ed

    What is the deal on those huts? Where they made as a residence or for seasonal residence? Maybe just a place to rest during the work day? There seems to be lots of them not being used.

    Did anyone ever seem to mind you using them?

    They do seem like a really cool place to camp.


    Sorry for not getting back with this answer sooner. I was waiting to upload this photo I took.
    I am not sure but I am assuming that these huts were built for the workers in the rice fields to rest and sleep in when they are working in the fields. But strangely, I see a lot more huts than I do people.
    Check out this photo. There are little huts everywhere here. But not another sole in sight. But then again, during the growing season, there are probably more people around

    There are a couple of different types of huts. Most of them have open walls and a covered roof. And others are closed up and many times have a locked door. I try to avoid these latter type of huts as I don't want to disturb the owner. But in the open huts, I have never had an issue staying there. And most of the time, I have felt welcome if someone passes by or drops in.
    It is one of the things I love about camping in SE Asia. There is never a shortage of free accommodations to sleep in.

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  7. flyingdutchman177

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    Yep, very very close to the China border

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    Addapost Been here awhile

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    Thanks Ed, that's what I figured. Ride on brother, awesome report.
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    Las Vegas started out small and grew big over time. That is how it usually works.
    But not the case if you are China.
    You go big or go home

    This is the town of Boten in Northern Laos. It isn't much today but one day, it will be a tourist destination for wealthy Chinese people.
    From out of the dirt springs a big city

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    They are building a high speed rail train that will connect China to the capital of Laos. It is a very impressive feat of engineering to bring it thru the mountains of Northern Laos

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    Rooster crows to the sound of growth in Northern Laos.
    It is really sad state of affairs that "the most powerful" nation in the world and the state of California failed at bringing high speed rail to its people and China is building it in its neighbor's country.
    China has a 100 year plan. And the rest of the world is being past by as it struggles with its short term goals.

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    This new city didn't spring up overnight. I was here 5 years ago and it has been progressing slowly.
    I did a video for it that I posted on FB. I plan to upload to YouTube and I will put the link here.

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  10. flyingdutchman177

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    My YouTube channel is called
    EdventureRider
    I have only one video up for now.
    Once I get some good wifi and some time, I will start to upload all of my videos there and put links to my Ride Reports so no one has to navigate away from this page.
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    Five years ago, I was in Boten.
    It looked like an abandoned city. There were many hotels that were nearly finished but no one was there working to complete them
    This photo was from my trip there in 2014

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    Five years ago, I slept in the lobby of this hotel

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    Today, it is finished but still relatively empty. The high speed train is not finished yet to bring the masses in.
    But regardless, I don't think they would let me camp there today

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    From 5 years ago

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    Today it is a duty free shop

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    And the upper floor is all wine and liquor.
    I walked out without buying a thing

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    Ed, this shit keeps getting better and better. :clap
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    Ed, I see you eating noodles most of the time. What about rice? Why aren't you eating rice-based meals?

    Maybe rice takes too long to cook?
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    Keef .. just add pasties

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    Things have turned around (again) then Ed.

    When I visited Boten, back in March 2013, it was a sh!thole. A ghost town. Nothing more than a dusty ol' truck stop. An apparently failed attempt to create an economic zone and casino empire on the Chinese-Lao border.

    In May 2011 a BBC foreign correspondent produced an interesting article on this enterprising 'initiative'. Click the link below for more details:

    Fears over growing Chinese industry in Laos
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    That is a good article and captures my sentiments of what is going on over there.
    While the US, Russia and the rest of the world has been building up its nuclear arsenal to prevent being taken over by a foreign entity, China has been not so quietly marching into almost every country in the world and taking control economically
    Like I mentioned before, they have 100 year plan. And the rest of the world is living in yesterday.
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    Keep in mind that these are not tourist towns I am usually eating at. They dont get any foreigners where I am going. And I dont know the word for rice in Laotian.......or noodle soup for that matter. I usually just motion to them that I am hungry and to bring me some food. And usually noodle soup shows up at my table. Maybe they think farangs love noodle soup.

    Here, there was something with meat in a glass case. You pick what you want and they bbq it for you. Noodle soup also showed up on my table even though I didnt order it


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    I have a funny story about ordering off a menu. I think I know what I was ordering. But what showed up at my table was about the most horrific stuff I could ever imagine.
    Pictures and that story coming up soon.
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    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    Just make animal sounds like baa-baa, oink-oink and moo-moo. I've done that in the past. The locals think it's hilarious!
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    I hardly eat a meal in one of these local restaurants without toasting a glass of beer with the people around me. Yes, I stand out and all eyes and attention is on me. The people are kind and interested in what I am doing.
    You can see in that last photo that the folks around were a tad curious.
    The meat they bbq up was mostly fat. I am not sure where all the actual meat goes. But it is usually a combination of fat, bone and skin.
    Lastly, if you watched the video i posted, later that night, i slept in one of those little huts outside of town. In the morning, i found a pack of condoms on my bike. I am not sure where they came from. Not sure if someone put them on my bike at the restaurant or if someone walked by my hut while i was sleeping and put them there. It will remain a mystery
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  19. ExplorerFrog

    ExplorerFrog Been here awhile Supporter

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    Should be the same word as in Thai - khao. They'll probably get the drift if you are any where close. :lol3
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    Hmmmm. I thought they were saying "cow." :lol3 But it has been about 50 years since I was there.
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