Category Archives: Laos travel

Huay Xai friendship bridge by motorcycle to Thailand & help from ghost of my past?

I’d heard a lot of stories about the Huay Xai border, which is the furthest northern crossing between Laos and Thailand. I had done it the opposite way, from Thailand to Laos, a few years ago. I had done it … Continue reading

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Northern Laos: Nong Khiaw, grumpy people, opium ladies, driveway sleeping, & goodbye

I like Laos, but it reminds me of going through Vietnam in that the people get a bit colder and more serious as you get further north. The warmth and open arms of the the people in the south slowly … Continue reading

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Adventures riding through Laos

The days riding through Laos are filled with unexpected detours and encounters. A snack stop at a shack on the side of the road turns into a get together with half the town. Inevitably half my stuff gets pulled out … Continue reading

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Detained, interrogated, & pinched by Laos Police, Long Cheng secret CIA airbase

This adventure all started five fateful days before when I met a German and Swiss rider heading south. We passed each other in a small village, and since it’s pretty uncommon to see another overland rider, flipped around and met … Continue reading

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Laos: Mountains, cock fights, caves, reality & eating monkeys

Embrace everything thrown your way and open your mind to the strange and different. At the city of Thakhek along the Mekong river you can take a way better route than the boring trip straight up highway 13 (the loop). … Continue reading

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Southern Laos: Bolivan Plateau, rodeo roads, camping at temples, & Baguettes

I entered familiar territory in Pakse. I’d done the Boliven Plateau loop before on a scooter. It’s a beautiful area to the east of Pakse. Lying between the Annamite mountain range and the Mekong river, the region is elevated and … Continue reading

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Southern Laos: Border crossing & camping at Mekong River temple/school

When I came into Cambodia the drunk customs official just passed me through the border without any paperwork, and I thought I might have some problems leaving. When I got to the Cambodian departure area there was a little booth … Continue reading

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