I have a return ticket to Hanoi - will arrive there in late November and fly back at the end of January. Does anyone want to meet up to share stories? And/or do part of the route together? I am willing to adapt my route for company, but here is the gerenal plan so you have an idea.
Leave Hanoi around Dec. 1st or 2nd, by night train, for Lao Cai. Start the "north western loop" there. Go to Dien Bien Phu (over 4? days). cross border into Laos, head for Luang Prabang.
Then either spend some time north of LPB first, and then south, or start heading south right away, down Highway 13. Definitely do some loops away from that highway.
Am willing to veer into Thailand, heading south along the Mekong. Will consider going to Cambodia for Angkor Wat and Pnomh Penh. Am also wiling to use public tranport to skip boring roads or to save time.
About me: am 40, female, and I usually cycle 70-100 km a day. Have cycled in Morocco,Cuba, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, and Greece so far. Will not bring my tent this time. Am considered intrepid by some :) But then that goes for most people on warmshowers!
So, who's interested?