6 Days of Splendour….

Discussion in 'Laos Road Trip Reports' started by ianyonok, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. ianyonok

    ianyonok Ol'Timer

    I was laying up at the Viang after completing the hard rock summer tour with Jameson Raid. My curvaceous honey, Persephone the PRS, was looking sexy on the stand in the corner, taking a break from me.
    Ork Pansa had passed and the mercury was dropping, it was time to hit the road. As the sun crossed the zenith, three pale riders booted their steeds into life. We roared out the Viang, dogs and cats scarpering for cover. We were headed for the mountains of Lanchang. We knew the trail would be tough, but our British (Indian) steel steeds were tougher.

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    The King’s men scanned our papers at the river, then the sen yai with the stripes added his moniker. Leaning back in his chair, he looked over his pince-nez and gave us a smile.

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    Truckers in line after the southwest run from China.

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    Morning prep over the river

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    In the land of the Beer Lao people

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    A smooth trail, the road to China

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    Not so smooth, the trail out east. A nail in rear boot delayed the game ten minutes. Easy fix on a QD rear classic steed.

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    Northern climes…. kooooooool.

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    Back of the guesthouse, this bird was hanging by a string round the neck, flapping away for 15 minutes before strangling to death. 10 minutes after this shot, it was plucked and ready for the pot.

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    Simple life

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    Concrete abodes haven’t arrived here yet

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    Strange brews…

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    Bee liquor anyone..?

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    The deer steak looked tough and boiled eel with fried salad wouldn’t fill our bellies, so we stuck with tried and trusted kuoay teaow

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    Old Luang Prabang was pretty as a postcard

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    Time to ride THE motorbike road of Asia; highway 13 south.

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    A bikers joy

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    Living the dream… incredible roads, wonderful scenery, perfect weather, great bikes….. what else do you really need….

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    Sobering weapons of destruction out east

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    Stone jars lying enigmatic on the plain

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    1000 years or so ago, the fruit of unknown peoples labours.

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    Brave and good people

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    Hydroelectric power…village style

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    Mother and daughter fashions - 21st century

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    The lovely lady clearly needed some help…. Mum and Dad weren’t sure we were doing it right….

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    The children of the chao kaow greet our arrival in town

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    Well off kiddies…. shoes, clothes and clean faces

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    A friendly roadhouse

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    Ohh…. those mountains

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    Landscapes of surrealism

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    Back on the plains, then back to the homeland.

    Stats;
    3 guys, 3 Enfield 500 Bullets, 3 x 1500 klms, 6 days, altitude 300–1500m, 1 flat tyre, 3 happy riders.......... :D :lol:
     
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  3. Auke

    Auke Ol'Timer

    Ian,

    Beautiful pictures of a great ride on the old and equally beautiful bikes.
     
  4. Jurgen

    Jurgen Ol'Timer

    An enjoyable report about the "Land of Million Joys". I am reading it in a GH in Luang Nam Tha with a beer Lao. Hope that you did not leave the nail on the road :)

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  5. rob reznik

    rob reznik Member

    Really nice photos :smile1: :thumbup: - I think I was in LP about the same time as I saw a single Enfield parked up - nice 5 speed box, front disc and electric start make these bikes a lot more enjoyable - great way to enjoy Laos and its people - must get mine shipped over there :shh: .

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  6. Franz

    Franz Ol'Timer

    Ian, nice report and stunning scenery !!! Sure you enjoyed this trip especially on your old/new thumpers !!! Laos really is the pearl of SEA. Cheers, Franz
     
  7. ronwebb

    ronwebb Ol'Timer

    Looks like you guys had a great trip. What route did you take?
     

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