Category Archives: Laos

Bicycle Laos

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Happy New Year and 2011 summary

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(written by both of us) Happy New Year to all from the south of France. We are settling into the apartment here in Nice and begin our French classes tomorrow. The weather has been great – cool for our SE … Continue reading

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Exploring Kampong Cham and its surrounds

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(written by Nancy) We had a lazy morning starting with brekkie at Smile Cafe and then a coffee at the place virtually next door.  While we were walking to brekkie and walking from brekkie to coffee, we were greeted by a friendly local … Continue reading

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Highway 13 ramble to Khone Phapheng (101/11,058 ks)

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(written by Nancy) Quiet night in our pondside bungalow.  We kept hearing some strange noises and it took us a little while to figure out that what we were hearing was fish jump in the pond  – the bungalow hangs right … Continue reading

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Short, interesting day to Thangbeng (27/10957 ks)

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(written by Dave) Today was one of those days that put the Adventure into our “Adventures in Mid-life” trip.  We didn’t ride very far but we learned a lot about Laos and eventually ended up at an interesting place to … Continue reading

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Wat Phu and Champasak (20/10,930 ks)

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(written by Dave) Last night for dinner we tried a restaurant that we had read about in Lonely Planet – Frice & Lujane restuarant.  A bit odd for this part of the world but it is a traditional Italian trattoria using 19th century family … Continue reading

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Short ride to Champasak (35/10,910 ks)

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(written by Dave) The mattress on our bed last night felt a little thin in terms of padding between the cover and springs so we got out the sleeping bag liners.  The thinking here was that at least the sheet … Continue reading

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Return to Pakse and the heat (87/10,875 ks)

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(written by Nancy) First a quick report on dinner last night. We ate our third meal in two days at Mama Pap’s cafe. Mama Pap is about 5 feet tall and quite a character. She serves really good food in … Continue reading

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Chilling in Tat Lo

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(written by Nancy) Today we did almost nothing and here is it 4:30 and we have no idea where the day has gone.  Just a guess but our 4 hours on the resort deck ostensibly eating brekkie may have had a … Continue reading

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Coffee picking in Paksong and on to Tat Lo (72/10,788 ks)

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(written by Dave) Today was about us becoming coffee pickers – broadly speaking, it was a success. We hooked up first thing in the morning with our cycling friends Lieneke and Hans, at “Koffie Dick’s” coffee stall. Koffie is the Dutch … Continue reading

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Up to the Bolaven Plateau – Pakse to Paksong (56/10,716k)

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(written by Nancy) Well, we tried to get an early start this morning to avoid climbing in the heat but we were foiled by 3, count them 3, flat tires, all on my back tire.  Frustrating but thankfully we did … Continue reading