Next Stop Vietnam... Laos and Cambodia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by 95Monster, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. Cafeguzzi

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    let's see when that idyllic scenery of the mekong will be a picture of the past. will all the chinese dam projects upstream going on and more in the planning phase....
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  2. 95Monster

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    Water level is low 160F0FEC-4B10-4FAF-8B62-00D3503A0B31.jpeg 0E54F14A-A8B8-4093-9890-062CF20E9A2B.jpeg D4E12967-8CAF-4AFA-99A3-90786B56D461.jpeg bridge needs some love as does the train 630D742E-B18A-447C-B36A-7C9E53B60CCC.jpeg cows F780B38A-BBCF-4636-AFF6-9A848700F687.jpeg Mojito is on point image.jpg
  3. Cal

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    Getting your daily dose of cooper from that straw!
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    The WiFi has been crawling the last few days and I’ve burned up my SIM. I imagine I can top up the SIM but instructions are in Lao and I’m at the Cambodian border where I keep thinking I’m going to cross... tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow. Instead I’ve been laying around the pool in Don Det, riding a few loops and getting my fill of noodles and sticky rice. Of the 4,000 Islands, I’ve managed to ride 5 of them.

    The ferry dock at Don Det 002AB263-9B63-40D0-8CAB-5525E4ACF4D2.jpeg Ferry inbound 91262EE1-6F5F-4292-A733-63F988CB642F.jpeg Don Som rice fields 5620F44B-F25A-4C9B-960F-EBAECB314932.jpeg crossing to Don Khong 30939CF7-67C5-4CCA-AE52-7666223EF0CD.jpeg rush hour traffic on Don Khong B7DF7C30-CA72-4B1A-9471-43FA0BE3329C.jpeg Somebody’s watching me 1C4DB75F-81C0-4B6C-8A1B-01C7996A8BF9.jpeg Back on the mainland riding the bamboo trail south along the Mekong A28932CA-2867-430A-93C7-71CB41209336.jpeg 9CC0DF50-DD22-4E51-834C-18C864226C10.jpeg Ferry port at Nakasong DE184D94-3AB1-433C-BFFA-F3BC785610F6.jpeg some days, many actually, I’m thankful I’m not riding the GS. 7B0FC4FE-7579-49C6-8EBF-354CBCD0DEDD.jpeg
  5. 95Monster

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    Met some guys on GS’ from China 40E89D7C-1ACC-409D-92CE-16559AE4C6CB.jpeg A78A8DA2-E7CF-4443-8015-D65F2AC2FB2B.jpeg 8681A7DE-400E-443E-A48A-88FCEC860429.jpeg BD46EB25-1115-40DE-A6E3-8E8C35B73768.jpeg I try to not pay attention to the US media circus but some things you can’t escape. So just to be safe, I washed my hands after they left.

    And had more noodles. 71884F58-2739-4352-AC99-A056A0E62AB7.jpeg and a medicinal tonic E9433ABC-CBE0-491E-B9FB-95019B05D847.jpeg
  6. 95Monster

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    This place is delightful. If you’re ever on Don Khone, Fred and his wife Lea are fabulous hosts that made the best meals I’ve had in Laos: 5039CCA6-58A0-47AB-B461-650EE365E060.jpeg

    Spicy sausage with sticky rice 9F80BB90-E0F5-42BA-A261-8285EE9BD9D7.jpeg Mosquito
    Abatement E3278140-3816-4DB2-A8A6-8CAD89D23BC1.jpeg Pork chops A6D6AA38-089D-4477-A3EE-BDF4E9BA68BC.jpeg chocolate cake 2D04524F-CF8D-4CC6-9620-B6FD6E0F74D5.jpeg and you’ve seen the mojitos already :)
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  7. 95Monster

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    This boat had shade and I had some company: a French couple on two clapped out 100cc bikes. EE37C06C-3D93-49D9-8B0A-826EE3065760.jpeg I ended up giving this bridge a pass when a local in front of me, stopped, decided against it and rode on. I stopped and stuck my front out on it and the whole thing quivered. Nope, time to find a way around. It was higher than it appears in the photo. 7EE2F407-85D3-438D-93BC-5CA2A9091938.jpeg First one of those I’ve seen. Must be close to Thailand 12BF1A2A-8C12-4EA4-AA02-BDA2C8163C4E.jpeg
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  8. 95Monster

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    This is never a good idea outside of the States. I know better, I really do, but I had to waste 85,000 kip on an inedible burger. 61AE294B-2BCB-4D89-99FB-F40396D32D05.jpeg which resulted in a mini bar raid 78293ADD-0364-4E1D-A6A9-83F17414FF8B.jpeg Back in the “city” of Pakxe for an oil change and chain adjustment, which cost less than the burger and was much more satisfying. 443C85CA-0F96-4957-9534-575B74A3AC49.jpeg Why bring it in the shop when you can do it in the street? E449AE37-9255-4D30-A4BE-1D0EA5743E48.jpeg Don't ride at night. All kind of dangers in the road. 55C9DA09-8EAE-40F7-B67D-08D38E611F30.jpeg Reason #37 that I’m happy not to be riding a GS. E38570F4-6F0D-4E36-A1CC-D73D3B1D5B0A.jpeg Reason #64 why I’m happy to not be riding a GS. 77D456D5-A598-45EE-8727-C1AAAB6C4767.jpeg
  9. third eye

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    scooter bridges, what a concept
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  10. Bulldog Buddy

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    Comments on lots of your photos. Snickers, peanuts and a Pepsi. I used to call that a Jungle Lunch. Suspension bridges - the cables might be OK but I'm not sure about the decks. Teddy Bear in the road, be careful. The "roads" aren't Interstate Specs, not even pre-farm to market specs. Some of the food looks OK, but I see what you mean about the "Big Mac". Keep safe!
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  11. 95Monster

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    Hey Dad,

    Yes, I probably should have skipped the Jungle Lunch but it was right there in the room, taunting me.

    There have been a few sketchy bridges. This was the second one I’ve skipped. I watched the guy on the scooter go over it while all the loose planks jumped up and down and thought to myself: “I’m three hours into a day ride, this looks like the perfect place to turn around and head back.”

    The hamburger- I don’t even want to think about it. Should have stuck with local food. I’ve had great Lao, French, Indian and middle eastern. But the burgers and pizzas are best avoided.

    Talk to you soon.
  12. dano619

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    When I first looked at what you bought on the jungle menu........I thought it was 11 snickers bars, :)

    Carry on, great report, loved your last report also!!
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  13. 95Monster

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    Had there been 11 in the fridge, I would have eaten them :))
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  14. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    Great stuff dude!
    Who you calling a Hippie?
    Just passin' thru, keep on truckin'!:photog
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    Yesterday,

    I left Pakse and rode East, through the coffee and rubber plantations and the Bolavan plateau. I wanted to get back in the mountains and , hopefully, connect a few sections of the Ho Chi Minh trail.

    Well the HCM Trail (not the HCM road) was elusive. I had a general idea of villages it passed through but it’s not in any map and I was just flying blind. Maybe another day when I have a gps and some coordinates.

    I departed Laos with a little bit of confusion. I didn’t give the immigration guys my Vietnam visa so they could not determine where I entered Laos. They kept asking if I came from China. Finally, we worked it out and I got my exit stamp. Then I rode down to Customs and turned in my TIP for the bike.

    Approaching Vietnam 884329F6-FE8C-4029-ACC4-62666EA20879.jpeg Just after passing under the gate I reached a checkpoint where everyone was masked and gloved. I was directed to a tent where they first checked my temperature then relaxed, shook my hand, checked my passport and sent me on. A couple hundred meters down the road, I reached immigration where another guy took my temperature before letting me in the building. From there, I was easily stamped in and on my way. Aside from the health checks, both borders were straightforward and no fees. 845CA212-F6D9-4DFA-B243-E0817E4EB873.jpeg
  16. Cal

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    hey George just checked your report tonight good as usual I am now in Mexico on the Strom for a 2 month wander! Cheers
  17. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    Seen Country Joe and the Fish yet!

    "Well come on all of you big strong men, Uncle Sam needs your help again,
    he got himself in a terrible jam, way down yonder in Vietnam,
    put down your books and pick up a gun, we're gunna have a whole lotta fun.

    and its 1,2,3 what are we fightin for?
    don't ask me i don't give a dam, the next stop is Vietnam,"
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  18. 95Monster

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    Have fun, Cal! Boy I could eat some tacos about now.
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    Another good ride today. I took a road heading South that followed along the
    border. Zero traffic until I got to some roadworks. F0854BD6-3E65-49E2-8905-E219C4CF5D96.jpeg After a short wait I was through 7BDDBA60-EE0A-44B3-92D4-040F7F45373A.jpeg Then the fun began (at least it wasn’t wet) 89C07E34-51E5-4F5E-BC26-04C596F25244.jpeg 0851183E-21F2-488A-B932-45ED5EFBF9AA.jpeg So these rocks aren’t very big but after a couple hours of pounding, they’ll wear you out. 5EADCF8D-3A5B-4921-AFE1-904026E13CEE.jpeg Ahh, finally a line 17D7F6F7-5508-4E11-B130-DC71437EA7BB.jpeg spoke too soon 3655DDE7-5499-447E-9D61-2AB25296D475.jpeg It was a great ride but I only managed to cover about 50 km in 3 hours. So when I reached a bailout, I headed for a more travelled road. D17B9711-80BB-44D0-9B74-4BE721D05FEF.jpeg Which led to me getting a ticket coming into a town: 64kph in, I dunno the speed limit. The cops got 250,000 dong for their beer fund.
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  20. securefish13

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    They get you on the radar?
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