My sister and I are in our early twenties and are planning to cycle from Vientiane to Luang Prabang in Feb 06. Has anyone done this before and how safe is it for two girls to go by themselves?
I'm sure you've checked all this already in your trip planning but its a good idea to read your country's travel advice for Laos (usually on their state dept. or MFA websites). There are next to no decent medical services in Laos (take a look at the Vang Vieng hospital when you get there). Take a first aid kit and know how to use it. And be careful riding around Vientiane, bag snatching by motorscooter riding thieves is quite common and they're known to be violent on occasion (women are the targets). Oh and be ready for that oncoming 4WD or bus on the wrong side of the road coming around a blind corner.
If you're in the habit of checking in regularly with family and friends via email during your trips you should let them know if you think you're going to head into an area without internet cafes and check in again once you reach your destination. Families tend to worry when the regular contact stops.