"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection..." - Thomas Paine
|(Boten, the Laos/China border town)|
Day 14: Saturday, 10 Dec 2016
Route: Luang Prabhang - Boten – Luang Namtha
Distance: 350 km
Hotel: Zuela Guesthouse
Today we started riding out of Luang Prabhang quite late after collecting packed fried rice and sambal tumis from Wat That restaurant as there is no Halal food on the way.
We rode on towards Boten, a small town at Laos/China border. The route was hilly and winding, passing through small hill villages bustling with activities. The road condition is in good condition throughout the journey but one need to be careful of dogs and cows crossing the road.
We stopped to refuel and eat our packed fried rice before entering the town of Oudomxay. We reached Boten around 4:15 pm and met some Malaysian travellers there. After some photo shots at the Laos/China border, we continued riding on AH3 towards Luang Namtha and checked in Zuela Guesthouse for USD25/night.
As there is no Halal restaurant in town, we had Brahim fried rice for dinner at the guesthouse café. Tonight the weather was extremely chilly and it felt warm to be under the blanket early.
|(Riding the unpaved road out of town)|
|(Albino water buffaloes by the road side)|
|(winding uphill road)|
|(Passing many small towns)|
|(A view point on top of the mountain)|
|(A hill-tribe village)|
|(Waiting for the rest to catch up)|
|(Caution! Children playing by the road side)|
|(Villagers packing corns for sale)|
|(The 2 km milestone to the Laos/China border)|