The mother of two children clinging to her long, woven skirt encourages her two-year-old son to wave to you by grabbing his wrist and saying “sabaidee,” which means “hello” in Lao. When you pass by on your bike, waving back, the woman's daughter calls out, “Bye-bye!,” a phrase she probably learned at an early age to use to address passing bike tourists. If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a celebrity, try biking in Laos. Laotians in remote villages don't see many Westerners rolling through their homeland.
About: Beth Pickhard
Beth is an everyday explorer who enjoys bike touring and finding local craft beers at the end of a hard day’s ride. She’s originally from Wisconsin, but now she prides herself on living wherever she is at the moment. With a background in journalism and film, she strives to tell stories of people and places around her. Beth works behind the scenes for Backroads tuning up bikes and organizing details to make our trips successful. Her time at Backroads has allowed her to explore Glacier & Waterton, Alaska, Canadian Rockies, Yellowstone & Tetons and Vermont.
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