Mar 19-20, 2020 — days 107, 108 — Σ 6,843 km — winding down
It’s been a long time since my last post. We have been on the road without a break and I was too lazy to put in the effort to write about superficial details. World has changed a lot in the last few weeks and it still feels surreal what is happening around us.
Feb 8-9, 2020 — days 67, 68 — Σ 4,189km — lunar fest
From the 4000 Islands spot going up north, the road never gets too far from the Mekong River, but you never see it again until Champasak, and there isn’t much to see in between, except, when a group of elephants show up.
Feb 4-7, 2020 — days 63-66 — Σ 4,040km — waterfalls — island life
Today we said goodbye to Cambodia and entered into Laos. The road to the border was not good, the surface alternating between rough chip seal and washboard dirt. Our friends on motorbikes from last night caught up with us at a restaurant to have iced coffee and we met again later at the border filling out forms. As Canadians, we paid $43 each on a 30-day visa and another $2 each for “stamps”.
Jan 20, 2020 — day 48 — 1h48m — 24km — Σ 2,974km — cbet — waterfall — homestay
In Cambodia, some of the remote villages have so called community based eco tourism centers. These are operated by the villagers and most – if not all – of the income goes to the people in the village. We found a nearby one named Chambok CBET, so we decided to try it out.
Our Vietnam adventure was about to end. To step into Cambodia, we cycled nervously to the border gates just outside Ha Tien. We were the only ones at the visa counter. The officer demanded $35 per person to give us a 30-day visa; we didn’t argue. Goodbye Vietnam, you’ve been very kind to us.
Dec 30-31, 2019 — days 27, 28 — 5h — 80km — highlands — backpain
Ants were all over the cockroach we had to kill last night. We packed our bags and headed downstairs. While fumbling with the bike lock, a familiar pain hit my lower back. There is no telling when or why it happens and this was simply bad timing. I tried to stretch a bit to reduce the pain and eventually had to suck it up and hop on the saddle to get going.
Dec 25, 2019 — day 22 — 4h44m — 58km — mountains — long ascents and descents
Last night when I reached for the light switch on the wall and accidentally touched the night-light. It let itself onto floor tiles immediately and spread out in thousand pieces. Cost: 50K VND
Our host offered us “free x-mas breakfast”, so we took it. Xoi bap is a mix of rice, corn, beans and some other things and it was quite filling. On our way to the main road we stopped at a cafe. The coffee came with a glass of green tea and a bowel of ice cubes. We waited quite a while to get a finger high black sludge collect on top of the sweet condensed milk.