South East Asia (mostly) by Bike Part 1 Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang
Fleeing the Atlantic storms in January and February, Anne and I travelled extensively in SE Asia.
Initially, we flew to Chiang Rai in NE Thailand, where we enjoyed a couple of tourist days. We had arranged to meet our friend, Jill, who joined us with two companions during a break in their course on yin yoga.
We shared a van and driver for the day , visiting ….
A very full day wasn’t ended, that evening we visited a marvelous flower festival and dined outside
Then our ride proper, organised by Redspokes, began. We were lucky with our co-riders, the sort of Group, both diverse and interesting, you would hope to be with on a challenging and interesting trip like that, from Thailand, across Laos into Vietnam.
The three countries were very different. Thailand is a prosperous kingdom. In its little populated NE we rode on goods roads with little traffic. Laos is poorer. It is a beautiful country , worth visiting at least until the Chinese have damned all its wild rivers. Vietnam is different again, green with wet bund rice between mountains, and showing clear signs of economic (and cultural) transformation, the roads often potholed.