KL To London: Border To China
Location: Luang Namtha
Just north of Luang Prabang is Luang Namtha, the town that borders Laos with the country where all things are made – China.
Luang Namtha is a hybrid of Laotian and Chinese culture. There are lots of shops seen with Chinese signboards, especially food joints.
While cycling through this town towards China, I met this guy heading the opposite direction towards Ventiane. After speaking to him for a bit, I found out that he was going there to get his travel documents sorted. But what impressed me about him was the fact that he was only dressed in a thin t-shirt while I was decked in a few layers, including a windbreaker. Then, he gave me more reason to be impressed when he told me that 80% of his luggage on the bike are books that he would read along his journey.
As if it isn’t difficult enough to just cycle through countries. Hah!