Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Camarillo, The VC, California
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If I was you I'd ride from bangkok to Ubon and once in the NE keep your route between highway 24 and the Cambodian border. I really like the area down there, the people are wonderful and the riding is more varied than the area north of highway 24.
If you are planning to go to Cambodia I would skip riding up to Mukdahan and crossing at Savanhatkhet. I've done this ride before and it was fine but nothing spectacular. Mukdahan is a pleasant city though, just as Savanakhet is. The ride south from Savanahkhet was nice but you never see the river and the scenery is just so so. I think I would go from Ubon to Laos as if I was going to pakse but before you get to the mekhong there is a turn off that goes to Chapasak. From there you can cross the river and catch the 13 south to Cambodia. Even if you decide to go to Pakse the ride south of there is very pleasant as it has a much more tropical feel than the Savan-Pakse ride.
Here is a link to my journals www.eastbaybob.crazyguyonabike.com
the rides I mention above are all in there, plus more rides in Thailand and bits of Cambodia.
I'd love to join you on at least part of your trip, but I'm going to be there in October on my own!