Our route so far…

For those of you wondering where we’ve been for the last 2 and a half years: Also, postcard maps of our route can be found in the our route section of our website. We’ve also added a couple of new pages including our favourite photos (more coming soon) and videos. Advertisements

The road to Angkor

Time hurtles back, a millennium falls away, the sun rises on the Khmer Empire. Lingaparvata Mountain yawns, water drip, drip, dripping from its heart, Vat Phou Temple quenches its thirst. The pilgrims’ road looks West, away from the river Mekong, towards a grand escarpment, Mount Meru reborn, clawed out above the churning milky plain. Prasat…

A rock climbing holiday?

We took a day off the bikes in Vang Vieng for some rock climbing and got the bug… While there we found out about the renowned Green Climbers Home near Thakhek, which just happened to be on our route through Laos, so we booked in for another day’s climbing. The location is perfect, nestled amongst…

Buddha Park

It’s quite an eclectic assortment, Buddhas, elephants, monkeys and one merman; the most prominent sculptures are a 50m long reclining Buddha and a kind of tree-labyrinth-shrine. The tree has three levels and an inner core, making 6 chambers, and an eccentric system of steps which you follow up and down and round before popping out…

A waterfall, a hill, a cave

There are two roads from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng: the older, longer way; and the new, direct way. Not knowing any better, we decided to go for the nice direct route, as the road didn’t look too wiggly on the map, so, we reasoned, probably wasn’t so hilly. It even appeared to link up…

A cave

We found a cave! It was pretty awesome. And we were the only people there.

A really big hill

Today we took our bikes for a walk up a really big hill. ┬áThis was possibly one of the toughest hills we’ve tackled yet. It may not have been as steep as some of the Black Sea coast roads, or as long as some of the hills in Central Asia, but a combination of the…

A waterfall

The Kuang Si Falls exceeded our expectations. Possibly one of the most beautiful natural sights we have visited on our ride so far. We were the last people to leave so had this pool to ourselves. The last of the evening light.

Happy New Year!

Things we have learnt this year: Europe is great for cycle touring, you can cross a whole country in a few days. The further east you go, the friendlier the people become. Until you get to China. The happiest and most generous people seem to be those in the poorest countries. It’s rude to turn…

Sabaideee!

Everywhere we go we are greeted by squeals of delight and laughter, and calls of ‘Sabaidee’ or ‘Hello!’ I can’t keep the grin off my face as we cycle through these incredibly friendly villages and towns.   These two troublemakers took off their shoes to chase after us through their village. They didn’t seem to…

Dusty Road

Possibly the dustiest so far… …but luckily there was a river nearby to wash it off.

Hmong New Year

The Hmong people are thought to originate in northern Tibet and Mongolia. From 2000BC many migrated south, to the area of China along the Yangtze River, keeping their colourful culture. In the 1800s, faced with persecution in China, many uprooted again, settling in Northern Laos. Hmong New Year takes place over three days, it’s a…