Ruth: Today's ride made up for all the climbing we did on the way to Phonsavan, with a 22 km descent back down to the jungle and rice paddies.
It is the final day of the New Year's parties and we wandered down to the watch the festivities in Tha Vieng. An older woman immediately fetched chairs for both of us, and then various village men came to shake our hands. Suddenly it was time for photos. Almost every teenager in the village wanted to pose with us for pictures. So much for worrying about my own voyeurism.