We left Vientiane, the capital of Laos, and headed north towards Luang Prabang. This route is very popular amongst bike tourers in South East Asia. Two days into the ride and we could see why; cycling amongst spectacular Karst Mountains, peaks left and right. A welcomed change. From Ho Chi Minh until now had been completely flat apart from the small mountain that separates Cambodia from Thailand.

Along these mountain ranges are fascinating hill tribes. Groups of 50 to 100 people living on the sides of the mountain