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135 full-color pages of photos, stories, anecdotes, illustrations, journal pages maps and more!In addition to the four major sections on Yunnan, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand I have included some back story on both my first (and unsuccessful) attempt to motorcycle through China as well as how the planning for the trip came together.I have chosen the very best of the more than 4,000 photos from the trip as well as the most humorous, moving and fascinating of the several hundred anecdotes for Southeast Asia on 2 Wheels.

Friday, 3 October 2008

Arrived: Mengla - Approaching Laos Border.


Mengla, Xishuangbanna County, Yunnan Province, China

Arrived in the city of Mengla which Lonely Planet describes as '...a dire little town...' - seems ok to me. Quiet, palm trees everywhere. Easy-going locals - what is so dire? I will try to get my things ready and acquire any gear I need here before approaching the Laos border either tomorrow or the day after. Last night's stay in a traditional 'Dai' ethnic hut was really rather nice. A table of Chinese persuaded me to drink 3 beers with them - they were a loud and raucous bunch.

The ride to Mengla was rather nice - the landscape looks more and more 'Mekong river delta' with every passing mile. Rice fields, thatch houses and bullet-shaped mountains towering about.

Above is a map of what I have covered so far, by bike and otherwise - as well as my future route.

1 comment:

HeavenShine said...

hey mates, this adventures is really wild , anyway , i am living in Malaysia , if you want to meet up with me can let me know through this email address, jinhau@gmail.com