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Cycle to Buddha Park?

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Cycle to Buddha Park?

I'm considering cycling to Buddha Park. I've plenty of time and know it's 20 some odd kms one way. I've found a place that has shiny new bikes for rent and I'm fairly in shape. I don't cycle much, but I am a half marathon runner, and though I'm not currently training, this should still give an idea of my overall fitness and endurance levels. I'm just curious to hear from those that have gone - whether by bus, tuk tuk, private driver, bike, or otherwise - how feasible you think this is. Is the route there difficult? Is it an insane death defying 14 lane highway? Is it a flat route, or all hills? Also, if this is feasible, can you please give me an idea of which route to take out of town? I am staying near the mall/market. And finally, is there some place to lock up my rented shiny new bike?

Many thanks in advance for your input. :-)

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1. Re: Cycle to Buddha Park?

Hi - if you can run a half marathon it will be easy. I cycle 30km several times a week along the same road and I am no fitness freak. The road is flat and in reasonable condition. It is a bit busy but the inside lane is mostly used by cycles and motorbikes, and once you get past the friendship bridge turn off it is not so busy.

It is quite dusty at the moment though, so you will need sunglasses and don't wear contact lenses. You can lock your bike inside the Buddha park.

From the morning market head out of town on Thadeau Rd, which starts as a dual carriageway and is the closest road to the Mekong river in the town area at least. It passes such landmarks as the Australian embassy, the Rashmis Plaza hotel, the Singapore & Indian embassies.

You follow this til you get to a roundabout (Chinaimo roundabout, which is 7km from town). Then turn left and this road goes for another 4km to a large junction with traffic lights. Go straight ahead at these lights and all the way to the Buddha park, past the beerlao factory and the friendship bridge border.

The Buddha park is on the Mekong, so you are following the river downstream.

Have a look at these 2 maps - the Park is just off the left side of the second map.

http://hobomaps.com/VientianeAreaMap.html

http://hobomaps.com/VientianeRegionMap.html

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2. Re: Cycle to Buddha Park?

Excellent, thanks so much for the detailed info. And thanks for pointing out not to wear contacts, I had wondered about the dust situation.

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