I'm in luang prabang now and need to get my ass in guangzhou by early march. There are a multitude of routes to choose from, and I'm rather confused.
At first, i wanted to go east from phou khoun, onto HW7, go north to HW6 and to Hanoi. I will then hit the coast, go north to Guilin, which is a must go, and south to guangzhou.
After some information gathering, i thought of going east from oudom xai, to HW 2E to cross the border at Taichang. From there, I will either go to Sapa > Kunming > Guilin, or Hanoi > Guilin. But I heard Sapa isn't really nice this time of the year.
Another choice would be to head east from LP, to Pak Xeng, onto HW 1C, east to HW 6, and to Hanoi. However, my GT rider's map list the route after Pak Xeng as "very steep 12 kms", and, there's quite a lot of unpaved routes.
Finally, there's north all the way to Boten > Dali > Kunming > Guilin.
Oh choices, choices... Anyone have any suggestions or specific information (road conditions, hills, guesthouses, etc) about the routes I listed?