"The Loop" , Laos 23rd - 27th April 2012
We arrived in Tha Keak after midnight and stayed in one of the worst places ive stayed since my travels but it was only for the evening as we planed on going on the bike trip in the morning. We got up to find that the bike company everyone recommends didn't have anymore bikes so we went into town and hired them there, and started off on our journey.
We woke up around 9am and decided to get some breakfast, headed into town to get bikes and after about 5 minutes down the road my bike ran out of petrol, so Bart had to go to the petrol station and buy to Pepsi bottles of petrol for me. It was not a good start. We then headed on the road we stopped off at a few caves on the way to our first stop of the trip. Check out the photos the views from the road were beautiful. We stayed at Sabadiee guesthouse, it was really nice with a big bonfire in the middle, we met other people who had left that morning and we all had a few drinks and celebrated that we had made the first day. Everyone said they were going to leave early in the morning but Bart and I decided we would leave when we woke up. Day One was really good fun, it was the first time we met Jackie, Lachy and Gordon whom I travelled with after.
Bart and I finally left around 12pm, today was just a day of driving through villages, which was amazing all the little children coming running onto the road to say hello. We reached a town for some lunch around 3pm and decided that we were going to head on to the big Konglor cave (its 7km long). We managed to catch up the others on the road and headed off with them until Bart and I got bored of driving so slow we zoomed off to find a place to stay for the night before it got dark. That evening we stayed at a little guesthouse 1km away from the cave, that we planned to visit in the morning. We met Kim and Rod there, who we met on the bus from the 4000 islands to Tha Keak, which was funny. We went to sleep around 11pm.
We woke up around 8:30 had some breakfast and headed to the cave. We took a boat through the cave, which was cool, and then we met up with the others and start the long 200km back to Tha Keak. The third day became to much for me my arse was killing on the bike and I didn't want to be on the f***ing thing anymore. There was nothing to see after the first hour just a motorway, which was boring. We arrived back in Tha Keak just before sunset found a new place to stay because I refused to stay at the travel lodge again. We drove back to the travel lodge to get our bags and dropped them off in the room before handing the bikes back in. That evening we found a burger place to eat at it was amazing. That evening we got woken in the middle of the night by a massive storm. I have never seen anything like it before in my life. It was proper electric lightning, and the thunder was so so loud. We ended up getting some breakfast before heading to the bus station to catch the next bus to Vientiane.