We had to give up the three day ride from Luang Namtha to the Thai border as neither of us were feeling well for about a week. We got a van ride to the border. It looked like we missed a good but difficult three days of riding.
The border crossing included a 5 minute boat ride across the Mekong and a 15 minute visa acceptance process.
It only took a few minutes in Thailand to notice many differences. They drive on the left side of the road. The dogs are more aggressive. There appears to be more wealth. We even saw a 7/11 store and all the amenities we hadn’t seen in nearly a month. We even heard song birds. In Laos, they kill and eat everything including birds the size of a sparrow.
We saw people engaging in leisure activities.
We came across a parade.
There was also a little midway.
They pushed the merry go round to start it and then a fan kept it going.
If you are ever in Chiang Khong, be sure to got to the hub resteraunt. It is owned by Alan Bates. He is the current world record holder for cycling around the world. He did the 29,000 km’s in 106 days clipping the old mark of 160+ days. He did it in 2010 in his mid 40’s.
Alan joined us after dinner and brought out his record setting bike.
He also spent time taking us through his 92 bicycle museum. It is quite an impressive collection.
If you wish to read more about this amazing guy and his amazing achievement Click Here
There is something that happens in South East Asia each spring and that is the “Slash and Burn”.
For several reasons they do a lot of burning of fields and makes for dangerous levels of smoke.
We were planning on doing the north of Thailand; ChaingRai, ChiangMai and Phi, except the pollution is so bad (European danger level is 50 and ChiangRai has readings over 300) we decided to abandon this portion and do it next time in SE Asia.
We picked another route to get a bit of biking in before we put the bikes away for some beach time.
Janis and David