We are early at the border between China and Laos because we are in the mood to discover a new country. Before they open the fence at the Chinese side there is some sort of flag ceremony. The customs officers are marching, shouting and saluting before the Chinese flag. After this they open the border crossing, give us a stamp in our passports and let us through into Laos. At the customs at the Laos side we arrange a 30 days visa and after this we are cycling through the hills in this new country for us.
Santos meets Santos
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Laos gives us more
In Luang Prabang we have some relaxed days after our trip through the jungle. We wander through the nice streets and along the Mekong and enjoy a French bread with real camembert. In the evening you can find us at the night market where the Lao food is fantastic and wandering along the stands is great. We find a new cycle computer in a sport store, because my old one stopped working when we were in the jungle. After three days we are ready to continue our trip in Laos.
Coffee, tempels and looking for a way out
After all the jumping on the rocks off the waterfalls in Tadlo it's time to say goodbye. We start to cycle a loop at the Bolaven Plateau. The plateau lies at an altitude of 1000 meters so we begin with a climb. The ascents to the plateau are going slowly, sometimes we don't realise we are going uphill. It's a nice part to ride with all the typical Lao houses on poles along the road. We see these kind of houses everywhere in the country and it makes the villages very beautiful. As soon as we leave the lowlands we see the bushes which the plateau is famous for: coffee! We like a cup of coffee very much and it's nice to see how it grows. We see all the bushes full of red and green beans.
Cycled route through LaosBelow you can view a map with our cycled route through Laos