Sepon – Dansavan = 45km on Aug 2nd
Yesterday we had our last stretch of riding through rural Laos to get us to the border. Started off with a walk to the market in Sepon to get some brekki before hitting the road. Struggled to find anything to eat that wasn’t still alive or was dead with fur and eyes still attached!!! No wastage in this country.
We were loading up and Bugger noticed our first flattie of the trip. Not a bad effort as our first puncture with a combined total of over 4000km both bikes. Andy worked his magic and we were on the road in no time. Absolutely stunning ride through incredibly remote villages and quiet rolling hills. Arrived at the border town of Dansavan where we got a dive of a room for the night and no wifi but hey you don’t expect much more at border towns. Other Laotian guests and their child spent the afternoon with us practising their English with their school English work book.
Dansavan, Laos – Dong Ha Vietnam 86km
Up at 6am and got our last bit of kip changed to Vietnamese Dong as once out of Laos nobody will touch it. Rode 1.5km to the border and wow another incredibly easy border crossing with no bribes required.
A big day riding up into the Vietnam mountains and then great fun coming down then undulating the rest of the way. Once again scenery lovely in the mountains and many rural villages. Roads so much busier than Laos and oh we had so forgotten from 10 years ago when we were last in Vietnam how much they love their horns. Toot, Toot, airhorns blowing and how about one more blast just as they pass just in case we didn’t hear it 500m back.
Arrived Dong Ha which is a bit of a crappy Vietnamese town but it is a one nighter before Hue but we have found great digs at the Golden Hotel.