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5 November, Vientiane to Ban Nasangleck, 58km
Manee Amphone Guest House 80,000LAK

Back on the bikes on a humid day. We had planned to cycle further, but when we saw this pretty purple guest house we decided to call it a day. Getting out of Vientiane was easy enough and, although we felt a need to check directions regularly, we located secondary route 10 without any undue stress. The problem with travelling in a country with a tonal language is that you are seldom understood, even when enquiring about whether the road you are travelling goes to Thulakhom, for example. You might point down the road and say only the name of the town and receive in return blank stares. At some point, if you are lucky, one of the people to whom you are speaking will suddenly light up and repeat the name you have just given. If you are tone deaf, which I am, you literally cannot tell the difference between their pronunciation and yours, but cheerful smiles and pointing fingers send you on your way. Our road ran predominantly flat through uninteresting countryside enlivened now and then by a muddy water buffalo or elaborate temple. Portions of the road were badly potholed or red-dust dirt, but essentially our ride here was easy. The village we are staying in is tiny; just a scatterling of houses and shops and restaurants. When we went out to dinner after our nap we did not know the name of the village so were happy to find a small signpost proclaiming B. Nasangleck. We are not sure exactly what we had for dinner – the only option available at our chosen eatery. Barbecued pork, we think, with rice noodles, wrapped in leaves (one of which smelt of liquorice) and dipped in a spicy sauce. Charl is happy. Beerlao is cheap, tasty and readily available. It is rice-based, with the hops and other ingredients imported from Germany.

Breakfast
Breakfast
Between Vientiane and Ban Nasangleck
Between Vientiane and Ban Nasangleck
Between Vientiane and Ban Nasangleck
Between Vientiane and Ban Nasangleck
Between Vientiane and Ban Nasangleck
Between Vientiane and Ban Nasangleck
Between Vientiane and Ban Nasangleck
Between Vientiane and Ban Nasangleck
Manee Amphone Guest House
Manee Amphone Guest House
Manee Amphone Guest House
Manee Amphone Guest House
Ban Nasangleck eatery
Ban Nasangleck eatery
Dinner
Dinner
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