Laos Stats

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Basics:

Dates: 12 June 2013 – 11 July 2013 (30 Days)

3RR Days 301-330

Visa: On-the-spot. US$37 at Mohan (China) / Borten (Laos) border crossing. No hassles.

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Riding:

Kilometers ridden: 637 km

Daily Average: 21.2323 km

Days on/off bike: 13/17

Average on riding days: 49 km

Highest altitude: 1400m

Longest ascent: 1000m over 32km

Most elevation gained in a day: 1700m over 45km

Longest day: 90km

Road status: generally pretty good, 95% of major roads are paved, traffic almost nonexistent

Worst road: 80kms of ups and downs, paved for 100m then unpaved for 100m the whole way.

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3RR

Kilometers by bus, train, etc: 0

Km by hitchhiking with bike: 100

Plastic bottles purchased: 0!

Plastic bags used: 0!

Glass bottles purchased: 0

Beers not turned down: 10ish

Other trash: 1x toothpaste tube, 1 pair of disposable chopsticks (and wrapper), 4x bicycle brake shoes, 1 can of bicycle chain cleaner, 10 or so sheets of paper for English classes

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Sleeping

Nights camping: 2 (1x renegade, 1x gas station)

Nights hosted: 3

Farmstay: 10

Hotels: 15

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Money

Total spent: $350ish

Restaurants: $82

Markets: $26

Accommodation: $108

Etc: $130 (mostlyvisa and donations)

Passive income over/under?: Way over!

Daily Averages:

Prices

Noodle soup: 15,000 Kip / $1.92 USD

Kg of fruit: 10,000 K / $1.28

Veg Buffet: 30,000 K / $3.84

Dorm room: 25,000K / $3.20

Double hotel room with a/c, ensuite bathroom: 50,000K / $6.40

Miscellaneous

Other cyclists met: 2x English dudes, 1x Dutch couple

Other foreigners met: a trillion

New gear acquisition: super long flexi straw attached to universal bottle cap so that I can drink from my (reused) plastic water bottle while riding. Gifted from Dutch lady.

Gear lost: Frisbee donated to kids at Organic Farm.

Important skill gained: solid ability to differentiate between lychees, longans, and rambutans. Still hesitate when buying, though…

Recommendations:

Chilling, farming, and eating at Organic Farm Vang Vieng

Teaching English for Equal Education for All

Cycling through the mountains when it’s not rainy so that you can actually see the scenery.

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Farewell, Laos. Until next time.

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