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Cycling to Singapore: Luang Prabang to Vientiane

By : GoKunming|Updated: 2011-02-09

The team in Vientiane [GoKunming]

Editor's note: American Jesse Millett is cycling from Kunming to Singapore as part of a group led by explorer Jin Feibao that will deliver letters of friendship from Kunming Mayor Zhang Zulin to mayors around Southeast Asia. Millett will be sending us dispatches from the road to share with GoKunming readers as the cyclists make their way to Singapore.

Day 17: Luang Prabang – Phou Khoun – 125km, more than 8 hours of riding

The ride out of Luang Prabang, following Highway 13 South, is no joke and many people choose to take a minivan or bus to Vang Vieng or straight through to Vientiane. The ones who are brave enough to face the mountains will not be disappointed. The road starts climbing soon after leaving Luang Prabang, and the busy tourist filled city is immediately left behind.

Monkeying around at Kuang Si Waterfall [GoKunming]

At about 25km follow the main road left up the hill instead of straight to Kuang Si Waterfall, which is another 18km out of the way and worth a day trip on its own. Soon the road climbs 700 meters in elevation in less than 10 kilometers, giving breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. After reaching the top, the road that winds down the other side is equally as steep and impressive – just beware of oncoming trucks and buses.

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