Be sure to eat a good breakfast as today is another full day’s ride east. The road today takes us through the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Biodiversity Conservation Area which covers almost 3,000km2, straddles three provinces and is the source of many rivers running through Laos. The designated area has an incredibly high level of biodiversity, serving as a refuge for a long list of rare, endangered species including the tiger, clouded leopard, Asian golden cat, civet, white-cheeked gibbon, sun bear and Asian elephant amongst others. Your final destination today is the small town of Vieng Thong, the original name for which was Muang Hiam, a local word which translates as, “watch out”. This was relevant decades ago when tigers still roamed the area but human wildlife conflict has unfortunately reduced the population to just a handful through the entire Nam Et Phou Louey conservation area.
Overnight in Vieng Thong – Guesthouse
Cycling distance: ~60 km