From Vientiane to Pakkading: south we go

Cycling from Vientiane to the Konglor Caves: part one Thursday 21st January “He was sorry and yet… he still did it” – an unrelated story The day began way too early. At one in the morning came a muffled knock on our door.  First knock (I assume): I woke up.  Second knock: I ignored, hoping…

Vientiane – where we learned about Laos

Tuesday 19th January and Wednesday 20th January We arrived in Vientiane 7 days after leaving Luang Prabang, and the two cities couldn’t be more different. Luang Prabang was a sleepy place that seemed to exist for the tourists, whereas Vientiane feels like a miniature Bangkok – there’s a feeling of energy, plus plenty of traffic!…

Vang Vieng to Vientiane: business as usual

Cycling from Luang Prabang to Vientiane: part five Sunday 17th January Miles: 66    Today happened to be my 27th birthday! But at P&E cycle tour HQ it was business as usual. We had quite a lot of distance to cover today, so celebrations were being deferred.  Rolling hills signalled the beginning of the end…

“Big and Nice” – the Vang Vieng Caves

Cycling from Luang Prabang to Vientiane: part four Saturday 16th January Miles: 25 (to and from the caves) Vang Vieng is most famous for its tubing, which was scaled back a few years ago when quite a few people drowned. From what we could see now, there were lots more people taking kayaks up river…

The Hot Spring to Vang Vieng: through the misty mountains

Cycling from Luang Prabang to Vientiane: part three  Friday 15th January Miles: 50    The day began with glorious misty mountain views.        As we stopped every few minutes for photos (at my insistence, which in the end led to some eye-rolling from Mr “Let’s not record the most amazing landscape we’ve ever seen”)…

From Luang Prabang to Kiewkacham: blame it on the noodle salad

Cycling from Luang Prabang to Vientiane: part one Tuesday 12th January Miles: 50    This morning we picked up a sandwich to go from the market… and it needs a mention.  I watched with great interest as the lady made up my sandwich, which contained ketchup, mayonnaise, chilli paste, meat paste(?), cucumber, tomato, lettuce, shredded…