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photoblog image A short visit to Laos #5

A short visit to Laos #5

This is a typical section of the highway from Pakse, up to the Bolaven Plateau and down the other side, over the border into Vietnam and eventually to Ho Chi Min City [Saigon]...the quality of the road, and the nature of its traffic make me a little surprised that I survived cycling on it in the dark the previous night.

 

A short visit to Laos #5

This is a typical section of the highway from Pakse, up to the Bolaven Plateau and down the other side, over the border into Vietnam and eventually to Ho Chi Min City [Saigon]...the quality of the road, and the nature of its traffic make me a little surprised that I survived cycling on it in the dark the previous night.

 

comments (11)

Well you are some kind of super hero...
Ray: Ha Ha

Don't be fooled by the Lycra outfits I wear when cycling, Elizabeth! smile
I'm sure Elizabeth is right! So, did the guys convince you to take the bus this time?
Ray: See my Monday post, Ginnie.
  • Chris
  • No Nowhere
  • 7 Jul 2017, 06:34
The rules of the road seem to be drive anywhere you like. Better you than me!
Ray: The only rule that seems to apply on roads in this region is "Bigger vehicles have right of way over smaller vehicles", Chris.

This road has no lines marked.

Laos law has vehicles traveling on the right side of the road, but in Thailand they are supposed to drive on the left.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 7 Jul 2017, 06:42
You obviously have a charmed life, Ray
Ray: Nothing fatal in 70 years, Lisl...that has got to be a good thing, eh! smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Jul 2017, 06:46
I see all meansof transportation apart from a riksha - the coach looks very proper.
Ray: I believe you have picked out the essential element, Philine...on this road you can expect to see anything that has wheels.
Bonjour
Depaysant et pittoresque à  la fois !
Merci
Ray: Tout le Laos est pittoresque à mes yeux, Claudine.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Jul 2017, 07:02
The road looks better than some of those in the UK and the traffic here gives the impression of it being deserted in relation to the UK roads. Luxury! It looks hot here.
Ray: I believe I made the main picture about 1030, Alan, and it was about 38degC at that time.

No lighting, vehicles driving all over the road...many drivers would have consumed a bit of alcoholic gargle by evening...I feel I was stupid but fortunate! smile
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 7 Jul 2017, 07:33
Such a short write up today Ray. Whenever I hear the word Vietnam, I think of a skirmish the Americans once had there.
Ray: I promise some more words when I resume the story on Monday, Chad.

I also usually think "War" when I read the word "Vietnam". When I visited that country, the first local with whom I had a conversation [taxi driver] asked my what country I came from and, when I told him "Australia", he quickly but politely replied "Your country was on the losing side, but that's ok".
Ray: Most roads in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos have these Villages right up against the highways, Bill, and opportunists in each village try to grab a bit of wallet-share as folks drive though.

I am used to this arrangement now, and quite like it.

By way of example...my most common 35km bicycle route passes right through no less than 12 villages where, if required, I can stop to buy cold water, sweet drinks, cold beer, snacks or even have punctures repaired. The downside is that there are a lot of pesky dogs in each village, and often I get caught in a herd of cattle or buffalo walking from the village to a grassy opportunity. I have even been propositioned for marriage a couple of times! This is SE Asia! smile
You probably survived because ther was less night traffic, Ray smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Jul 2017, 08:04
Quite interesting that we have similar squalor type places in SA and roads with little rules. Aye, the tractor is going to win it from the bus.

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