Xayabouri-Nam Phoun river

Sunday 13, January 2019 135 km – Total so far: 1123,5 km

I woke up at 6:45 and at 7:30 I was back on the road again. The morning was cloudy and it was raining a little bit but not too much.The road was not really busy but like always it was going up and down.


Temperature was about 22°C this morning and I enjoyed riding and watching the landscape. I was going really fast and I soon I arrived in the village Nuang Pouy. My plan was to stay here when I was thinking about where to continue today, but it was only 11:30am when I arrived there. So I decided to cycle on….. The climbs got intense and in the end of the day I did 1200 altitude meters.

There was only one small stretch today, maybe about 10kms that was flat. Amazing, I didn’t expect that, really.
While I did a break I suddenly thought of copying that trick, all the truck drivers use here to avoid that vehicles pass them by too close. So I put some tree branches on the road and everyone passing me needed to keep the distance, haha.

At noon temperature rose up to 32°C and I really loved it!!! I had some Red Bull breaks and ate some cookies. Reasonable food was not available. Finally I stopped at a guesthouse but the owner, a lady, wanted a lot of money for a room in an hour hotel – by the way a really dirty hole.

I kept on searching for a place to stay and after 2 km I found another room, type of a hole but at least (and not unimportant) with a restaurant and karaoke singing. Very nice.
I wanted to take a shower but as it was not working I cleaned myself the laotian way taking water from a huge bucket.

I went to eat and in the restaurant there were only 2 tables. Everybody seemed to be drunk and they were singing like howling dogs…. My food was surprisingly and  thanks to God ok.
At 8:00pm already I went to sleep. I was so tired.

I changed my plans and decided to go to Vientiane. As I pedaled a lot of times much more kms than I originally thought I would, I still got plenty of time before returning to Thailand. I don t know when I exactly will cross the border and in case they give you only a 15 days visa instead of a 30 days valid one I don’t want to take the risk and stay too long in Thailand before I fly back.

Flat road!
Flat road!
Starting to climb
Starting to climb
New state
New District
Having a break
Having a break
Still climbing
Still climbing
Rice fields
Rice fields
Nam Pouy village
Nam Pouy village
Up and down
Up and down
Water buffalo
Water buffalo
Time to arrive..
Time to arrive..

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