Valley hopping from Na Hin to Lak Sao 

Tuesday 26th – Wednesday 27th January We’ve had a change of plans. Old plan: cycle all the way to the south of Laos, spend a few days in the 4000 Islands region before exiting just as our Laos visa expires. New plan: head east into Vietnam now, and see the 4000 Islands later.  This new…

Visiting the Konglor Caves, and looking Magnificent

Monday 25th January After some faffing about we learned that the songthaew to the Konglor caves left at 12. We then proceeded to make two mistakes:  1) we decided to have lunch when we arrived at the caves 2) we didn’t buy a jumper before leaving It was still bloomin’ cold, and all we had…

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…