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gavo 10-29-2012 02:37 AM

Laos, self guided, self FUNded
 
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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http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/a...2/IMGP1835.jpg:clap
The route about 1300 ks all up
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pirate63 10-29-2012 03:03 AM

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

Comrade Art 10-29-2012 09:12 PM

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

bajubaru 10-30-2012 04:33 AM

Great pic gents:clap:clap

gavo 11-02-2012 12:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pirate63 (Post 19922121)
cant wait for the rest :clap:clap
that last photo was it near the dam outside Vientiane?

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

gavo 11-02-2012 02:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Comrade Art (Post 19929199)
Looking good Gavo :thumb
Is that a Honda CRF 250x?

no it's an honda xr250r

MuddySump 11-02-2012 06:35 AM

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


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

gavo 11-02-2012 07:43 AM

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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gavo 11-09-2012 01:48 AM

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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gavo 11-12-2012 02:48 AM

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
http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/a...2/IMGP1831.jpg
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local transport
http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/a...2/IMGP1853.jpg
and housing
http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/a...2/IMGP1854.jpg
the Mekong
http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/a...2/IMGP1849.jpg

gavo 11-21-2012 02:10 AM

A stop for lunch in Xanamkhan, a bargain at $2.75 for the 4 of us
http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/a...2/IMGP1850.jpg
then onward to Pak Lay
http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/a...2/IMGP1840.jpg
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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
http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/a...IMGP1861-1.jpg
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.
some of our neighbours
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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.
http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/a...2/PA230127.jpg
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A short vid of some of the day
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Rumble 11-26-2012 02:06 AM

And Then :ear

gavo 11-26-2012 11:11 PM

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
http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/a...2/PA240150.jpg
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.
http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/a...2/PA250184.jpg
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gavo 11-26-2012 11:20 PM

So an afternoon to fill so a tour around town and on the other side of the river.
the bridge over
http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/a...2/PA240155.jpg
and assorted villages over the river
http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/a...2/PA240156.jpg
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http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/a...2/PA240157.jpg
http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/a...2/PA240161.jpg
the view from the hotel
http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/a...2/IMGP1900.jpg
http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/a...2/IMGP1899.jpg
All in all a pretty easy day
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Jacl-Kampuchea 11-27-2012 09:40 AM

That hotel looks rough!

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

Q


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