Kiew Ka Cham – Luang Prabang (80km)

Day 21: Kiew Ka Cham – Luang Prabang (80km) -Distance travelled so far 1,100km“Oh…Why so many mountains????”

We knew that when we woke up this morning that in another 80km or so we would be half way through Laos and looking at a very well deserved rest day in a fairly cultural spot.

The route today had a couple of great things going for it……For example, about 5km into our morning cycle, we could look forward to a 23km decent which literally made our journey less than 60km for the day. The mornings are becoming very cold though and 1/4 way down the mountain we cycle into very thick fog, which turns our exposed fingers and knuckles blue and makes the hair on our now bronzed legs stand on end….

We cycle some 15km uphill to once again get a great downhill decent….Yeahhh!!!!!……Today’s cycle is turning out to be fine!!!!…..

Brian at the top of the 15k climb. An extremely rewarding feeling
seeing the road already travelled below

After a lunch of sticky rice and warmed up chicken bones (I kid you not), we finish off the remaining 25km of the day stopping to share fruit and a tin of tuna with some local kids on the way…..

Once we reach Luang Prabang, we find a reasonably priced hostel for 2 nights (tomorrow being a rest day) and head into the vibrant town for food. Luang Prabang has both natural and historical sites. Among the natural tourism sites, there are the Kuang Si Falls and Pak Ou Caves. Tourists may also ride elephants. At the end of the main street of Luang Prabang is a night market where stalls sell shirts, bracelets, tea – suitable souvenirs. The Haw Kham Royal Palace Museum and the Wat Xieng Thong temple are among the most well known historical sites.

Tomorrow, we hope to enjoy the day off and perhaps do some caving here….The place here is really nice and seems to be less commercialised than Vang Vieng….

Until our next cycle day….Take care and talk soon.

The Lads

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