Well it has been an incredible season for LaosGPSmap as we have surveyed cities, villages jungle trails and, of course, our favorite area for exploring, the Ho Chi Minh trail, which comprises the border areas of the southern third of Laos, often referred to during the war days as the “Dragons Tail”.
Don Duvall and Sam Missile on the Ho Chi Minh trail
Our research on the Ho Chi Minh trail has taken us to the National Archives in Washington DC, Defence Mapping Agency, and the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally for Vietnam Vets. We interviewed fighter pilots who got shot down in Laos. And we worked with the JPAC team on recovering lost crash sites of fighter planes from the Vietnam war near Dak Cheung Southern Laos.
Ho Chi Minh trail Mission card
We have added an incredible 6,300 km of new roads, jungle tracks and trails in our quest to produce the most complete and accurate map of Laos in existence today.
Houay Xai Red Roads LaosGPSmap
Vientiane Boom, Rapid development
Points of Interest
Thousands of new businesses, schools, shopping centers, restaurants, factories, gold and coal mines, plantations… The list is endless as Laos continues to grow and develop.
Road 4 At Thadua on the Mekong river
Bridges: The 4 new bridges spanning the Mekong river: Xiengkok, Houay Xai, Pakbeng, Paklay, and Don Khong bridges.
Phou Kham mine articulated dump truck
Mining sites, Phou Kham, Houay Xia gold and copper, Phonsak Gold mine, Xekong power coal mine, MMG “Xepon” gold and copper mine.
LaosGPSmap Nam Khan damsite
Hydroelectric projects, Nam Ngiap 1 and 2, Xekaman 1, 2, and 3, Nam Khan 1 and 2 Nam Kong 1,2, and 3. Sayabury “Mekong” dam, Nam Ou 1 and 2 damsites. Xepian, Houay Lamphang Yai, Nam Ngum 5 and 3 damsites.
Tunnel Headquarters Lamson, 559 Transport division
Ho Chi Minh Trail, War Sites
Ho Chi Minh Tail, more exciting discoveries as we managed to find the amazing caves of the 559 Transport division headquarters and its associated fuel bunkers built inside a karst mountain! In addition, an intact riverboat that was bound for the Xekong river was discovered in a hidden area of the trail.