ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Ride reports
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-09-2012, 01:57 AM   #31
gavo OP
Slacker
 
gavo's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Gympie QLD
Oddometer: 1,721
On we pressed the road being fairly smooth dust, it would be hard work if it rained.



The solo riders made easier work of the hills

there were views around every corner as we got to almost 1600 mtrs


A fuel stop

and more village life



Did I mention the dust

The last 25k's of the dirt became fairly rutted, apparently Trish took a dive as there's no pic it didn't happen.
We hit the tar at Sam Soun and enjoyed the twisties and scenery to Vieng Thong with a roadside lunch consisting of Bagettes and Banana




We arrived at our guesthouse which overlooked the market



After a shower it was out to find food and beer, we wanderd down near the river and found a place but when we asked for a beer they said no despite me being able to see a lot of it in the fridge, so we moved on ( i was later told it may have been a private function and locals can become protective of their beer during holidays).
Any we went back the way we came and had a beer here

thats the owner in the background and his son in the yellow shirt, he owned the computer shop/ guesthouse next door, we had a couple and a chat nice people
dinner was good

And a video of the days riding

gavo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2012, 10:13 PM   #32
gavo OP
Slacker
 
gavo's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Gympie QLD
Oddometer: 1,721
Morning of the 29th Oct
An early start just watching the markets below the guesthouse


It seems if you don't get there early you starve, it was all over by 7:30/ 8:00
Same place as last night for breakfast but a seat out the front this time



they have it all

also rush hour for school


Around the corner for some fuel and the kids are always smiling

gavo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2012, 10:33 PM   #33
gavo OP
Slacker
 
gavo's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Gympie QLD
Oddometer: 1,721
The road from Vieng Thong to Phonsavan would have to be one of the most enjoyable of the trip ,twisties views and friendly people












Coming out of the mountains towards the plains and Phonsavan



we stopped for lunch on the side of the road and at first didn't notice this school across the road then the visitors



and just back in the bush, someones prayer spot

And our hotel for a couple of nights while we explore the area


Vid of the days ride
gavo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2012, 03:23 PM   #34
Aj Mick
Studly Adventurer
 
Aj Mick's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2012
Location: Phuket, Thailand
Oddometer: 536
I first saw Laos from Nong Khai in the mid-eighties, and was curious about the place, which at that time was closed to most foreigners. I got to visit a couple of times in the late nineties, on a visa run and a bit of a break from work in Thailand.

I enjoyed the laid back feel of the place, and the nature of the Lao people. There was an elegant composure about them that made the Thai people seem quite brash by comparison.

There was a small town feel about even Vientiene, that has been long since lost in Thai cities. A friend in NZ told me I should catch up on another friend of his there. I had just checked in to a guest house and was going down the street when a big Chev pick up stopped outside a dry-cleaning shop. When the driver got out I thought he looked like a Kiwi, so I fronted up and said "Are you Hank?"

He was... within an hour or so of being in the country I had, perchance, caught up with a guy I had hoped to meet. He had been living there for ten years by then, and is still there, well ensconced, with a Lao wife and a couple of kids.

I took a bus up to Luang Prabang; a long slow trip through some magnificent countryside. The town, the old royal capital of the country, is majestically located, at the junction of the the mighty Mekong and another river, with mountains all round.

Your pictures bring back some memories.

I thought at the time I would like to return to travel the country by motorcycle..... you've done it; well done, and thanks for sharing.
__________________
there are old motorcyclists and bold motorcyclists
but you seldom meet an old, bold motorcyclist

Aj Mick screwed with this post 12-14-2012 at 10:07 PM
Aj Mick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2012, 12:03 AM   #35
gavo OP
Slacker
 
gavo's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Gympie QLD
Oddometer: 1,721
Ok Oct 30th Phonsavan. A trip to the plain of jars site 1 & 2 and along the way we found Tad Long falls so a side trip
The ride out of town was easy, less traffic here than say Luang Prabang or Vietiane but always something to look at, we'll start with the view from the fire escape at the hotel (only the best)


and always love the scaffolding here, this was 4 stories up

Then I noticed these out the front, they come with all the racks you could need its a shame it's only a 125


the country side was beautiful when we got off the main road


And first up site 2, stay between the lines



david is 6" 4 to give perspective


where as I'm only a short arse


we moved on to Tad Long falls
The road to the falls was just a quite village lane and very picturesque



and we came to a river crossing


the falls were good after a short walk down a track



Loacals on the way back and then a host of small back roads on the way site 1



Site 1 had a few more jars


old trench line over looking air port

and a cave at site 1


Shit was it hot out in the sun, we were clad to get back to town
A late lunch was had at Craters


and dinner was had at a place called Bamboozaled owned by a nice bloke from the Shetlands if I remember who married a local girl after working on a farm project for 2 years

And a vid of the days activities

gavo screwed with this post 12-20-2012 at 12:30 AM
gavo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2012, 12:24 PM   #36
pirate63
SUPA 10 PILOT
 
pirate63's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: brisvegas,oz
Oddometer: 443
great update Gavo
were off on our big adv in a couple weekshttp://brisbane2bristol.wordpress.com
pirate63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2012, 12:56 AM   #37
gavo OP
Slacker
 
gavo's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Gympie QLD
Oddometer: 1,721
Quote:
Originally Posted by pirate63 View Post
great update Gavo
were off on our big adv in a couple weekshttp://brisbane2bristol.wordpress.com
Thanks for that, I'll follow your trip but I'm green with envy Ihope you renewed your fuel filter during the service on the wee strom
gavo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2012, 03:58 PM   #38
gavo OP
Slacker
 
gavo's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Gympie QLD
Oddometer: 1,721
Morning 31st Oct
Today we were headed to Vang Vieng, although I initially did not want to go there because of the party town/18 to 20 something drunken yobs I heard they cleaned it up so Vang Vieng it was.
Let me just say that if I thought previous roads were fun , some sections of this were brilliant for both scenery and the road ,oh how I wanted a solo 450 motard














At first I thought this will be fairly sedate then we started to climb













We stopped here for a drink break







then onward



These shots were taken from atop a hill with a telecom tower mounted on it, see a dirt track go up the hill, glad we did.
Lots off dirt tracks to explore as you can see, if you've got the time.
Also the road we were on going through villages






Bike riding heaven



we stopped at this place for lunch, a bit tourity but the food was good and the view brilliant.










a road side smoke break


Couple of shots not far from Vang Vieng



gavo screwed with this post 12-25-2012 at 04:19 PM
gavo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2012, 04:35 PM   #39
gavo OP
Slacker
 
gavo's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Gympie QLD
Oddometer: 1,721
Coming into Vang Vieng you could see the party/ tourist setup but strangely not as many people, we found out later the riverside party bars had been cleaned up. But you could still see people in cafe's who had travelled thousands of Km to sit and watch re- run's of Friends I'll never understand people who travel and then seek out stuff just like home. Great cultural experiance

A bit of temple maintenance on the way in

we had a bit of a treat with accommodation here and can highly recommend this place




From the pool deck






the bungalows




Something for the sunshine coast / brissy people


Always find the translation a laugh



Unfortunately we only had time for an overnighter but I will go back to Vang Vieng.
Here is a vid of the day, I know it's a little long for some but I edited out 10 x whats here and film never does the real thing justice


gavo screwed with this post 12-25-2012 at 04:48 PM
gavo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2012, 12:37 AM   #40
gavo OP
Slacker
 
gavo's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Gympie QLD
Oddometer: 1,721
Thurs 1 Nov Vang Vieng to Vientiane via Nam Ngum damn
Well I just typed all this and lost the lots to the sign in devil, so a short installment for now.
A few morning shots in Vang Vieng




On the road

Local bbq/ summer/ swim house


Pack em in


At a place called Hin Hoeup at a fork in the road the GPS says same same, turns out old bridge and new bridge , we
took the old


gavo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2012, 06:51 AM   #41
gavo OP
Slacker
 
gavo's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Gympie QLD
Oddometer: 1,721
There were a few points of interest and some side tracks although there was nobody home






We finally got to the damn wall




and just over the ridge these guys were playing cards for cash

then moved up around the damn, lotsa water great view



gavo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2012, 09:47 PM   #42
Rumble
Beastly Adventurer
 
Rumble's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Sunshine Coast
Oddometer: 1,770
Still looking with interest Thanks for sharing Gav
__________________
Happiness comes from within, that's why it feels good to fart.

You Must Always Blow on the Pie Rumble's 2003 650 Transalp
2010 650 DR Suzuki
Rumble is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2012, 03:01 AM   #43
gavo OP
Slacker
 
gavo's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Gympie QLD
Oddometer: 1,721
Riding to the end of the access road was a small village with boats for fishing and a resort perched on the hill





We then rode backto the intersection near the damn wall to a restaurant by the river.
I think he had a menu with prices for tourists as they seemed high but there were a few locals there earlier.
The dutiful son cleaning table during midday break from school

The rest of the ride back to Vientiane was same same except on the out skirts of town, some friendly girls

When we arrived back in town the place was over run with diplomats and their staff all for some ASEAM meeting even Julia was there somewhere
Also police / army everywhere



and our hotel now housed Russian troops who I will say were not very chatty
gavo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2012, 03:22 AM   #44
gavo OP
Slacker
 
gavo's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Gympie QLD
Oddometer: 1,721
Talking to one of the diplomatic staff staying at our hotel we were told there had been influx of around 5000 people for the conference and around $20 million spent on new vehicles to ferry them around. Seemed senseless in a country with so much poverty, not to mention airport closures, roads blocked off and restricted access to some areas.

Our last full day in Laos and Vietiane was spent looking at temples , I wanted to get a t shirt and printed on the front
" What Wat is What" anyway





We looked at headstones something my wife does (maybe it's because she's in the medical profession )
But I did find them interesting





Thats about it for Laos we flew out next morning for Cambodia were I had an appointment with Dancing roads
for a 5 day off road through the Cardamom mountains, which will be written up shortly.
As usual here is a vid of the days riding, Hope you enjoyed the ride report.

gavo screwed with this post 12-30-2012 at 03:30 AM
gavo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2013, 03:07 AM   #45
bulty
Adventurer
 
Joined: Aug 2013
Location: out there
Oddometer: 10
Great report, did you use maps trip notes or gps
__________________
Anywhere but here
bulty is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 09:46 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014