19. Januar 2020
Instead of going from Luang Prabang directly to the road 13, we decide to leave the city in southern direction and cycle via Donekang to "13". We are rewarded with little traffic, mostly moderate climbs and a small pass with a refreshing downhill ride afterwards. After about an hour we turn onto road 13 and shortly after that we leave the turnoff to Kuang Si waterfall unnoticed. Neither of us are fans of mass tourism and its attractions, our highlight is the nature, the daily life, the people,...
18. Januar 2020
We have just started into the morning from Sakon Nakhon, when three other cyclists catch up with us. Annemieke and Harm from Amsterdam, who were joined in Luang Namtha (Laos) by Ally from Australia. The two Dutchmen cycled over the Balkans, Turkey, Iran, the Stan–countries and China up to Southeast Asia. Alison Wheeler (the last name seems to be the program ;-) has been cycling around the world for five years. Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Nepal - just to name a few stations on her...
05. Januar 2020
It happened again...the nightmare of every wild camping cyclist...two guys showed up in the dark...one totally on drugs or alcohol...when things run out of my control because of language problems, Sand took over and spoke lao to the guys...might have rescued us...after that we packed everything and refused down to the valley in the dark....
01. Januar 2020
On 14.12. we leave Vietnam and return to Laos. It is cool and foggy, as so often up here in the mountains. Shortly after the border my chain falls off the rear sprocket several times. A challenge I have been struggling with for a few days now. Every time I have to unpack my touring bike, turn it upside down, release the rear brake, remove the rear wheel, put the chain back on and pack the bike again. I realize that I have to change this condition and decide to shorten the chain the next...
29. Dezember 2019
On 18 November 2019 we arrive in Sa Pa (Vietnam). The location of this popular North Vietnamese small town immediately reminds me of Nepal or Darjeeling in Northeast India. For us as cyclists, this poses some challenges: once we have taken a wrong turn, we definitely go back uphill, as the town has literally been "glued" to the slope. Flat passages are scarce here. Mike is already waiting for us. But thanks to our confusing and one-dimensional app we get lost. But that's not all, the traffic in...
05. Dezember 2019
Carefully we turn around the corner in Dien Bien Phu and look to the left. And indeed - there sits Mike from Belgium, whom I met three years ago at the Thai-Laotian border and with whom I had cycled for two months through Laos and Vietnam. The next two weeks we will be on our way together. Our common target is the Ha Giang loop in the far northeast corner of vietnam.
03. Dezember 2019
We can pick up our visas already after one day at the Vietnamese embassy in Luang Prabang. Costs: 70$ (63,40€) for four weeks. As the weeks and mountains ahead of us become exhausting, we decide to stay two days longer in Luang Prabang. We wait and clean our bicycles, get a braided basket in which the Laotians keep their sticky rice and visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center.
03. Dezember 2019
When the first dud on the screen explodes, a young Laotian woman gets up and runs out of the room. I follow her, past about ten western people, who continue to watch the UXO documentary film spellbound. Als der erste Blindgänger auf der Leinwand explodiert, steht eine junge Laotin auf und rennt aus dem Raum. Ich folge ihr, vorbei an ungefähr zehn westlichen Menschen, die weiterhin gebannt den UXO–Dokumentationsfilm anschauen.
13. November 2019
We have "successfully" completed all departure formalities and have been waiting for the bus to take us over the friendship bridge to Laos for a few minutes, when a backpacker asked me in English if I knew when the bus would leave. Deeply amused inside, my short and honest answer is: "No.". Within a very short time I decided against acting as a "seer". Situations like this, I have been experiencing in Asia for years. Leading, as in many other important or unimportant disciplines worldwide: the...
12. November 2019

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