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Old 01-29-2014, 05:25 AM   #5671
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Laos is probably the poorest country i have visited so far,

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Most of the families there own a motorbike and even have electricity if you want to visit poor countrys go to Africa but not in this fancy outfit ;)


http://afrikamotorrad.eu/?report=en_transafrika

Greetings from Cambodia...here we have nice Mouse and Insekts too :)


http://schoene-motorradtouren.de/?re...odscha_freunde
Thanks for those links.

Carry on Lalo.
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:30 AM   #5672
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In Luang Prabang

Hey I am in Luang Prabang right now would love to meet up with you for a beer. Chris from my hostel said he had a beer with you tonight and told me your in town. Come on my our hostel Spicy Laos anytime!
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:44 AM   #5673
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After crossing in to Laos, i took this road from Pekbeng to Houayxay. On my map it seemed like a main road but to my surprise, it turned out to be dirt the whole 70 miles.
It followed a ridgeline most of the way and passed through a few remote villages. And in these villages, all the kids would be jumping up and down and waving as i passed by. I felt like a rockstar. And since not too many people used this road, i am sure it was the highlight of their day.
The people from Laos are so friendly. And i am not so sure why. They have every reason to hate me as an American.....but they don't. We dropped so many bombs on their country and killed so many people.......and for what?
Sorry, i am not going to go there......i am trying to stay clear from politics here.
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:01 AM   #5674
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From Houayxay, i rode a beautiful paved road to the town of Louang Namtha. And then a not so beautifully paved road yet scenic road to the town of Sing. And from there, i trying to take some rocky trails all the way to the Mekong river. It was about fifty miles away. I made it half way and my gps conked out. Even though the trail i was on was not even on my gps, it got me to realize just how dependant i was on that little box on my handlebar. Fortunately, i got it to fire up again, but I wasnt as motivated to make it all the way to the river. I turned around and just back tracked the way i came. It was a very remote area. Probably not a good place to be riding alone. Here are some shots about 2000 meters up


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Old 01-29-2014, 07:07 AM   #5675
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Here's a shot up along the ridgeline looking down on the Mekong


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Old 01-29-2014, 07:25 AM   #5676
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I spent the night in the town on Long.
The next morning, i took this road from Long to Viangphoukha. Again, it looked like a main road on my map, but it turned out to be this crazy tiger trail thru the jungle for 60 miles. And it took about 5 hours.
I keep telling myself, that will be the last i do such a crazy road by myself. But it was so much fun too.

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Old 01-29-2014, 07:28 AM   #5677
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Some areas it wasn't much more than a single track. Not many trucks pass thru here. Just an occasional scooter

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Old 01-29-2014, 07:34 AM   #5678
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Here's a long river crossing. I figured if the scooters can do it, so can I

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Old 01-29-2014, 10:17 AM   #5679
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Here's a long river crossing. I figured if the scooters can do it, so can I
In fact the more wide the more shallow. I think it is because the same amount of water is flowing

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Old 01-29-2014, 11:47 AM   #5680
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After spending the last three nights in my tent, i was ready for a hot shower and a cold beer.
I found this place on the Mekong River for about ten bucks a night
The is pretty much only one beer in Laos
Beerlao
Fortunately, the dark version is pretty good



You should find Calsberg beer also. I'm with you and prefer the Dark Beer Lao.

http://www.carlsberggroup.com/invest...t-SEA2005.aspx
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:38 PM   #5681
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Here's a group of kids from the first village i stopped at

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Old 01-29-2014, 06:44 PM   #5682
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This is the second village i stopped and it was even more remote. I had to ride a couple of miles off the main road to reach it.
I handed my camera to a guy to take this picture and it was like he had never used a camera before. He didnt even know which way to hold it. After a brief lesson, he took this shot. Not too bad for a first time


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Old 01-29-2014, 06:48 PM   #5683
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I saw this girl in a remote village and i had to get a picture of her with my moto. She stood out for a couple reasons. Certainly a freak of nature here in SE Asia

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Old 01-30-2014, 09:20 PM   #5684
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Lots of beautiful waterfalls here in Laos

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Old 01-30-2014, 09:27 PM   #5685
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I was just a few miles from the border with China so i thought i would go check it out.
I thought maybe i could get a one day visa.......no such luck.

I asked the guy at the border is i could take a picture of my motorcycle on the China side of the border so i can say i went to China. Again, no such luck

But the guy was doing some electrical work and he asked if i had a screwdriver. I said yes, and dug it out of my pack. I asked again if i could take my picture and he said ok but i had to give my keys and push my bike over the border line.
So here is my bike inside China

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