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NORTHERN LAOS AND NORTHERN VIETNAM -- Luang Prabang, Laos to Mong Cai, Vietnam, February, 2006

Total Miles: 810
Miles/Day: 30
Days Riding: 27
Group Size: 1
Bike: Touring
Flat Tires: 2

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 34 Lbs.
Camping: 3%
Cooking: 0%
Cost/Day: $ 15
ACA Helped Me: No

Rider: Bill Weir; travel writer, Non-Member UNITED STATES Email

Summary: The ride started in Luang Prabang after the slow boat trip from Huay Xai, then wound along rivers and across mountains to the new border crossing with Vietnam at Na Meo, then across Vietnam via Halong Bay to China.; Self-Planned

Health Issues: none

Motivation: The cultures and scenery attracted me. I had been to Laos before, and Luang Prabang is my favorite town in Southeast Asia. Vietnam would be a new adventure.

Most Challenging Aspect:A long section of dirt roads in northeastern Laos and the dreary weather in northern Vietnam were the toughest parts of the trip.

Favorite Experience: Riding the high ridges of northeastern Laos, especially the stretch south of Sam Nua.

Least Favorite: Sticky, gooey mud one day in Laos.

Tips: March isn't a good month for northern Vietnam if you hope to see of the sun!

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Date Entered: Apr, 2020

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