Urals in Laos
Urals in Laos
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Endless jungle roads
Endless jungle roads
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Deep valleys
Deep valleys
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Log bridge
Log bridge
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Lee Watson from Ireland

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Amazing. Just, totally amazing. From the moment the trip started to the moment it ended (sadly) 12 days later. An overnight train from Hanoi to the Chinese boarder, with our 50 yr old Russian Minsk steeds in the cargo, was to be the start of our intrepid adventure, and what an adventure it was! From there, it was through the mountains of the north, passing 'tribal' villages with un-prouncable names. Bizarre 'ghost' towns with palatial government buildings built adjacent to tiny shack houses/small businesses. I even managed to lay down in the middle of the main arterial...6 lanes wide! To say this was surreal, is an understatement. A fine mixture of hotels and home stays, all of which offering their own unique way of making you feel at home. Every day was a different experience. And with each day, our breath was taken away even more. From picnics overlooking the most spectacular scenery, (not before 'giving it some' up one of the most sweetest trails I've ever ridden) to interacting with local kids in the unpronounceable tiny communes, all the way through to resting up in one of the best hotels Vietnam has to offer. This trip definitely ticks all the boxes. Having the opportunity to ride 50 odd year old Russian motorbikes, that were neither Arthur or Marther when it came to distinguishing them between on or off road machines, these things just went everywhere you pointed and wrangled them. No matter what we threw at them, they just soaked it all up. Our guide, Tony, was an absolute star from the word go. Nothing was ever too much trouble and his knowledge of the areas we visited was top notch. He went out of his way to make sure this experience was the BEST it could be for our group. And it was! The mechanic, come security ninja, Vy, was a blast, and despite not really having any major mechanicals, we were safe in the knowledge that he had our back and would get us back on the road in no time. Culture. History. Spectacular views. Laughter. Waves and even bigger smiles. Extremely friendly and giving people (all smaller than me! Haha). Wildlife. Rain. Wind. Sunshine. Jungle. Beaches. Riding bikes within an inch of their lives, eating excellent food, drinking beers and generally having the best time with a few mates. If you're after a trip that will give you all of this in one hit. Book NOW!

 

Lee Watson from Ireland
March, 2017

 

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