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Entries from June 2010

vientiane

June 24th, 2010 · No Comments

one of the first things you see towards downtown vientiane is the pha that luang, the golden stupa, symbol of laos … the patuxay follows on the main road leading towards the presidential palace and has a rather funny background story. the laos goverment used some cement sponsored by the americans for it although it […]

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many rivers to cross

June 24th, 2010 · No Comments

some kilometers before reaching the capital the road ended at the bank of a river with a ferry being the only way to get to the other side. even if it takes just three minutes to cross a river by boat, it adds this adventurous note to travelling. i don’t know what it is exactly, […]

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cycle-mekka

June 13th, 2010 · 3 Comments

i heard many good things about laos from other cyclists and it became one of the most popular cycling destinations in southeast asia. the first one i met was joel from denmark on his roundtrip through thailand and laos. his blog. on my last stop before vientiane in phonhong i met gaelle and… ben from […]

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kuang si waterfalls

June 13th, 2010 · No Comments

30km away from luang prabang is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in laos. the water collects in turquoise pools downstream and invites to take a swim after exploring the surroundings. you can climb up to the top of the waterfall and then hike to the spring water and its nearby cave. close to the […]

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luang prabang

June 13th, 2010 · No Comments

i arrived in luang prabang after two weeks of camping and checked myself into a nice guesthouse for a treat. with warm shower, tv, my own fridge and emperor size bed, clean with no mosquitos to fight off. in laos you don’t have to spend a fortune on this. for a hungry cyclist the prices […]

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laos

June 13th, 2010 · No Comments

the crossing from china to laos is quite easy. you get your visa on arrival without any delay. except that i had a group visa which i had to leave with the chinese and no exit stamp in my passport when i arrived at the lao side and soi had to make an extra run […]

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sub tropic expedition

June 12th, 2010 · No Comments

i planned to be at the border one day before my visa expired. but when i came across this sub tropic park, i used this buffer and went for a hike. a small trail is leading from the main path which was filled with all sorts of electric vehicles carrying the less well-conditioned. the trail […]

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yunnan

June 12th, 2010 · No Comments

yunnan is the last province on the way to laos and has some amazing scenery. i bought myself a better, more detailed map that made it easier to leave the main road and start exploring. soon i found myself riding on small roads through the hills of southern china on a par with the clouds, […]

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wanderlust

June 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

another blog, this time in german. the guys from erfinder.at have their own ways to get over or fuel their wanderlust. usually inventions and all sorts of clever ideas are presented on their blog, but excited about being present at the worldcup in south africa, the travel bug won over and so as a small […]

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