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  • cellojoern

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    Hy,
    we wonder, if there is a possibility to buy a bicycle in Vientiane.
    We plan a 6-week tour to Laos and Cambodia and want to start from Vientiane to Luang Prabang by bicycle.
    What about costs and quality of the bikes?
    Thanks for answers,
    Jörn

    #1 Posted: 18/11/2008 - 00:11

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  • Rufus

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    It is possible to buy bikes in Vientiane, in fact there is a shop close to where I work that sells them. The range ifrom kids bikes through to mountain bikes. They are Chinese made, so I couldn't vouch for the quality, but I suspect it would be reasonably poor. I don't know about the cost. I really haven't seen any other places with bikes for sale.
    To be honest I would suggest you get your bikes in Udon or Nongkhai. If you are doing a 6 week trip you want something decent.

    #2 Posted: 18/11/2008 - 11:02

  • cellojoern

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    Thanks for the answer!
    two more questions:
    - where is the place you work / the place of the shop?
    - if it's close to your working place, it would be great, if you could pass by the shop some time to look for average prices.('hope you won't find me impudent.Just if you pass by anyway)
    We need a normal bicycle, the ones wich are used by laos people. Maybe some gears.
    We don't want to show of with an expensive western bike there. (besides of the costs for bringing own bikes from germany, which is 150 € per bike per flight(Luftansa))
    If this is the only shop in Vientiane (where do the laos people get their bikes?), and we could not find something: is it possible to cross the border to Nong Khai and back without extra Visum?
    Thans a lot,
    Jörn

    #3 Posted: 18/11/2008 - 16:18

  • Rufus

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    lol I can probably have a look in the next few days, if you can be patient. I work at the Internatonal School. No, you can't cross the border and come back; you would need another visa.
    Die meisten Lao kaufen ihre Fahrraeder in Thailand oder kaufen chinesisches Glump.

    #4 Posted: 18/11/2008 - 18:00

  • Rufus

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    Prices range from $90 for a kid's bike to about $150 for one with gears.

    #5 Posted: 20/11/2008 - 11:49

  • cellojoern

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    Dear Rufus,

    thanks a lot for the price-recherche!!
    Maybe we could invite you for a beer ore something..
    We are in Vientiane from 18. to 20. January.(and will have a look for the bikes)

    One last question: where is the bicycle shop in Vientiane ?

    Grüße aus dem Novemberwetterigen Berlin,
    Jörn

    #6 Posted: 20/11/2008 - 19:19

  • Rufus

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    No problem. I should have given you the address before. Believe it or not its actually a shop that sells paint - indoor and outdoor. It is halfway between Vientiane College and the Vientiane International School. I don't know the street name off the top of my head, but I will look it up for you this afternoon.
    Another thought I just had....There are frequently second hand bikes available for sale from expats going home etc. If you like I can keep my eyess open and email you the phone numbers, emails etc of any that I happen to see advertised. How many are you after? Bets if you send me an email to the following: inset the appropriate and correct symbols and remove all the spaces. (I do this to avoid spam bots).

    ron lel at em es en dot com
    where em es en = msn

    Alles Gute und Gruesse aus Vientiane . Tschuess. Ron

    #7 Posted: 21/11/2008 - 07:57

  • Rufus

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    Uebrigens, ich habe laengere Zeit in Berlin unterrichtet - in der Sophie Scholl Schule in Schoeneberg.

    #8 Posted: 21/11/2008 - 07:58

  • Rufus

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    The shop is the large Urai paint shop on Rue Nongbone. It is on the corner of the side street which leads to the Toyota dealership.
    They sell bikes and paint. Funny combination.

    #9 Posted: 21/11/2008 - 15:40

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