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Bike troubles

Posted Sun, 07 Oct 2012 21:59:41 GMT Traveling Lao Cambodia

Towing my bike (broken accelerator cable)

In the end it was a good decision to buy old Honda Win motorbikes. Not because they are very durable (they aren't). They are cheap and spare parts are available everywhere in south east asia. Commons problems where chains which came off frequently and some sparks which had to be replaced.

My bike had some big troubles with its carburator caused by some dirty gas I bought somewhere on the street.

  • My carburator was dirty

  • Four people fixing my bike (Vientiane)

Simon lost his exhaust pipe, because of the lack of inert gas welding equipment in Lao, he bought a chinese rip off. It didn't really fit, so he lost it again. But this time we found someone with good equipment who crafted a fixture.

  • Simon lost his exhaust pipe

  • Crafting a custom part which bears the exhaust pipe

Motorbike driving in south east asia

Posted Sun, 07 Oct 2012 21:17:37 GMT Traveling Lao Cambodia

Simon bought three Honda Win motorbikes for our motorbike trip. During his 6 month internship in Hanoi he learned how to ride a motorbike. I made a motorbike driving license some years ago, but did never ride the bike since then. And Achim was riding a motorbike for the first time in Hanoi :) Simon and I tried to teach him what we knew, he learned it really fast and two days after his first attempts we started our tour.

  • My bike, black beauty

  • Achim learning how to drive a bike in Hanoi on his bike, Annabelle

The mountains in lao are perfect for motorbike tours, there's nobody on the road and thousands of curves!

  • Yeehaaaa!! MUD!!!


Posted Sun, 30 Sep 2012 10:42:51 GMT Traveling Lao

Lao is a lovely country with very friendly and open inhabitants. In the mountains there's the Hmong people who live in small villages in close communities with their neighbors and animals. Most people in Lao can't speak a word english or any other language we understand except for body language.

One day we ended up in some random mountain village without any guest houses or hotels. So we looked for the biggest house and asked with simple sign language if they could offer us a bed. As there was no atm and our Kips ran out we were practically without money. Luckily there was a travelling business man who could help us out by exchanging some of our Dollars to Kips. Eventually we had money to pay for our bed in a silent Hmong mountain village.

  • He's smoking strong tobacco in a bamboo bong

With exception of some tourist spots in Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng, there's no night life. People go to bed when it gets dark and they get up very early in the morning. We were very lucky that the Tubing has been closed down one month before we arrived in Vang Vieng so we could enjoy the nature and culture without too much tourist disturbance.

  • Bungalows in Vang Vieng

As we couldn't communicate very precise with the local people, it was nearly impossible to express what kind of food we wanted to eat. At most places there was hardly any selection anyways, the common food was some kind of animal meat and intestine soup. Rice with fried vegetables was another widely available dish. My favorite one in Lao was fried rice noodles with fried morning glory.

  • Deep fried insects

  • Ricenoodles with fried morning glory, my favorite laotian dish

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