Sunday, November 22, 2009

Lovely Laos

Total km: 1106
Punctures: 1

We crossed over to Laos yesterday (21 Nov), on the popular "thai-lao friendship bridge". The crossing was busy, but a lot faster with bicycles, so we didn't have to wait for a bus to fill up before being taken across the bridge. Excellent.

We managed to find our way into Vientiene, despite a patent lack of signage "follow-that-VIP-bus" seems to work pretty well ; ). We immediately cycled to the replica "arc de triumphe" in the middle of town, called Patuxai, and got a few photos of us with loaded bikes.

We have found a really nice guesthouse, right in the action, but up on the fourth floor, so pretty quiet at night ; ). The nigh markets are, as with Thailand, THE place to go for cheap-eats in the evening, and we enjoyed a great meal on plastic chairs along the river front last night. Elisha got a 860ml bottle of Bia Lao (very good local larger) for under $1US. Brilliant!

We also sampled banana paratha on the way home, and they are HIGHLY recommended! Basically, they are thinly stretched pastry sheets, filled with bananas, folded, and grilled with lots of butter. Then, they cut the cooked parcel into bite-sized pieces, and douse the lot with condensed milk. Mmmmmmmm! Addictively good!

We are off on the road to Luang Parabang tomorrow (via Vang Vieng), so should be able to update in 2-3 days.

Thanks for all your lovely comments, and updated on goings-on at home. Love E & V. xoxox


  1. So pleased to hear from you both. Sad news, you also have a puncture at home! Sounds like you are really enjoying yourselves, you will certainly have some great stories to tell when you get back.We are on count down now ourselves, and looking forward to our trip. Keep safe and look after each other. Mum,Dad and wags.

  2. hey!

    sounds like you're having an awesome trip... saw baunton off in a taxi this morning... was so wicked to have him here... make sure you come with him next time!!!

    have fun you crazy cycling twins

  3. Good to hear that you are both well and enjoying the experience and places you are visiting. Hope you are taking plenty of pics so we can enjoy then at Xmas time. Keep safe and have fun. CnP

  4. Loving the updates and pictures. Bit of a contrast to the corporate office environment that I am viewing them in! I am on the count down to the Philippines on 20 Dec :)


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