Laos: Southeast Asia’s most sparsely-populated and only landlocked country, the world’s most heavily bombed country per capita, and, conversely, one of the most laid-back countries we’ve been to. To get to Laos from Vietnam, we had to cross the Annamite Mountains, making for some steep gradients during the first part of our stay, before we … Continue reading LAID-BACK LAOS


Lunar New Year – also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival in China, and Tết in Vietnam – is the most important holiday of the year in both of these countries. At one point, we were planning on being in China for the festivities, but as the date approached, we realised we would … Continue reading TẾT


karst /kɑːst/ n · landscape underlain by limestone which has been eroded by dissolution, producing ridges, towers, fissures, sinkholes and other characteristic landforms. After having spent two months in China, we had to exit and re-enter the country in order to be allowed to spend up to another two months there. We had heard good things about the beauty … Continue reading KARST LANDS


Having left behind the colder climes of western and northwestern China, we spent the second half of our first 60-day visa term in the subtropical and tropical areas of Sichuan and Yunnan. This stretch of our journey took us through a couple of huge cities you may never have heard of and beautiful landscapes in … Continue reading INTO THE TROPICS


The large region making up the eastern part of Tajikistan known as the Pamirs, meaning the “Roof of the World”, is characterised by mountains, deep river canyons and rural villages of farmers and nomadic herders. Our time spent here would be one of extremes – the highest altitudes we’ve cycled at, the longest and steepest … Continue reading THE PAMIRS