‘Left, we need to stay on the left!’ we were shouting at each other every time we re-entered the road. We had crossed over from Laos to Thailand and had not realised we also had to change the side of the road we drive on until we had passed the border and saw the signs. We had expected an easy ride from Vientiane to Chiang Mai, but in choosing off the beaten path roads we would be in for a surprise… We were in for stunning steep roads and jungle adventures.
Vientiane had been nice. We met up with other cyclists Matthew, Mark, Henk, Trisha and met up again with Davide (who had his bike stolen in China) and Aurelie and Yann, with whom we had spent some days in Luang Prabang. In Vientiane we stayed at the Sports Guesthouse and the main reason to stay was to get visas for the oncoming countries. See our visa post for info.
We left Vientiane on the same day as Aurelie and Yann, they were heading south, we were heading west to the most remote border between Laos and Thailand (but it is Thailand, how remote could it be?). The first day out of Vientiane was nice and easy along the Mekong with a decent asphalt road. We enjoyed the views of the mighty river while cruising along. After a 100 km we found a small guesthouse in Ban Vang where we could stay for the night.