May 272013
 

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vietnam

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Rolling Thunder 2013 Washington DC

 

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Rolling Thunder 2013 Washington DC

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LaosGPSmap Rolling Thunder 2013

 

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Rolling Thunder 2013 Washington DC

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LaosGPSmap Rolling Thunder

 

flag-harley

LaosGPSmap Rolling Thunder 2013 Washington DC

 

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LaosGPSmap Rolling Thunder 2013 Washington DC

 

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LaosGPSmap Rolling Thunder 2013 Washington DC

 

red-harley

LaosGPSmap Rolling Thunder 2013 Washington DC

 

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LaosGPSmap Rolling Thunder 2013 Washington DC

 

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LaosGPSmap Rolling Thunder 2013 Washington DC

 

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LaosGPSmap Rolling Thunder 2013 Washington DC

 

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LaosGPSmap Rolling Thunder 2013 Washington DC

 

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LaosGPSmap Rolling Thunder 2013 Washington DC

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LaosGPSmap Rolling Thunder 2013 Washington DC

 

motorcade

LaosGPSmap Rolling Thunder 2013 Washington DC

 

geico-bike

LaosGPSmap Rolling Thunder 2013 Washington DC

 

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LaosGPSmap Rolling Thunder 2013 Washington DC

 

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Laosgpsmap The wall

 

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Vietnam Vet pointing out the names of commrads KIA

 

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Rubbing on “The Wall”

 

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Rubbing on “The Wall”

 

May 232013
 
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Article in Royal Thai Airforce Magazine, LaosGPSmap was approached by Captain Sarisporn, who was an Air America Chopper pilot, 1957-1970, to write an article for the  Royal Thai Air Force Magazine which will run for 3 consecutive issues this is the second of the three print runs. The magazine is owned by the,Foundation for Preservation and Development of Thai Aircraft in Bangkok. This article is re-published in our magazine for younger generation
to know what happened in the past.
Captain Sarisporn

 

tango-web

Article in Royal Thai Airforce magazine, LaosGPSmap

 

Tango-web-2,-May-2013-2

LaosGPSmap tango reprint article

 

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LaosGPSmap tango reprint article

 

May 222013
 
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Mekong dam sign

 

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Mekong Dam Infrastructure project

 

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Mekong Dam Infrastructure project

 

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Mekong Dam Infrastructure project

 

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Mekong Dam Infrastructure project

 

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Mekong Dam Infrastructure project

 

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Mekong Dam Infrastructure project

 

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Mekong Dam Infrastructure project

 

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Mekong Dam Infrastructure project

Mekong-dam-location

Map Mekong Dam Location

mekong-dam-road

Mekong Dam Infrastructure project

 

tuk-tuk-truck

Mekong Dam Infrastructure project

 

wreck

Mekong Dam Infrastructure project

 

Nov 062012
 
Terrieng villager Ban Bouang Kaleum

Terrieng villager Ban Bouang Kaleum

 

Teriang Ethnic villager Ban Laboy Southern Laos

Teriang Ethnic villager Ban Laboy Southern Laos

 

Sekhai Market just outside Vientiane

Sekhai Market just outside Vientiane

 

Kids pulling a handmade cart

 

Banana seller Lao Bao on Road 9

Banana seller Lao Bao on Road 9

 

fuel-lady

Pepsi bottle with Gasoline, No Smoking!

 

Xam Neua Northern Laos

Xam Neua Northern Laos

 

Kareum district home made toys

Kareum district home made toys

 

Akha Tribal Villager Muang Sing District

Akha Tribal Villager Muang Sing District

 

Sam Lien Thon Kham

Sam Lien Thon Kham

 

Ban Laboy On the Ho Chi Minh trail

Ban Laboy On the Ho Chi Minh trail

 

Hmong Festival Phou Khoun District Laos

Hmong Festival Phou Khoun District Laos

 

Alak Village Kaleum Ho Chi Minh trail Southern Laos

Alak Village Kaleum Ho Chi Minh trail Southern Laos

 

villager-on-the-trail1

 

Hmong festival

 

Brau-villager

Brau Ethnic People Southern Provinces of Laos

 

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Support base, local girl eating noodle soup. Northern Laos

 

Tribal Villager Northern Laos selling Chinese beer

Tribal Villager Northern Laos selling Chinese beer

 

Villager Nong Fa Southern Laos

Villager Nong Fa Southern Laos

 

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Tribal villager on the Ho Chi Minh trail

Tribal villager Ban La Hap, on the Ho Chi Minh trail

 

Hmong Festival and Phone

Hmong Festival and Phone

 

tribal villager sticky rice

tribal villager sticky rice

 

Katu Villager, tribal celebration

Katu Villager, tribal celebration

 

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Riding a bike Nongfa Lake Attepeu Southern Laos

 

Hmong man with a freshly killed buffalo head

 

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Tribal villager and son gathering wood Lao Vietnam border

 

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Meo villager Phongsali district Northern Laos

 

marker-kids

Viengthong 53 km

 

Phongsali province young student reading

Phongsali province young student reading

 

Pou Noi villagers weaving at  young age

Pou Noi villagers weaving at young age

 

 

Ngai Villager Dak Cheung district Southern Laos

Ngai Villager Dak Cheung district Southern Laos

 

Villagers collecting wood high in the mountains  Phongsali province

Villagers collecting wood high in the mountains Phongsali province

 

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Tribal villager and son on the Ho Chi Minh trail Laos

 

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Jackhammer crew, on mountain cut Kasi District

 

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Buddhist Monk Vientiane province

 

Local fisherman on the Tonle Repeu river border with Cambodia

Local fisherman on the Tonle Repeu river border with Cambodia

 

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Xam Neua province Big smile from kid on a scooter

 

Ta-Oy-villagers

Ethnic villagers along a remote section of the Ho Chi Minh trail.
What, never seen a foreigner before?

 

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Coconut Kid, a young tribal villager carrying water to the village

 

Laosgpsmap Kmu Village Luang Prabang Province

Laosgpsmap Kmu Village Luang Prabang Province

 

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Red Mud and big smiles chugging a load of fresh cut timber.

 

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Ethnic villagers smoking at a young age

 

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Young child helping here family sell vegetables on the side of the road Hongsa

 

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Akha tribes people Oudomxay province Northern Laos

 

Dakcheung Province, crossbow hunting

 

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LaosGPSmap-Cooking breakfast Kmu village

 

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Ban Bac children posing for the camera

 

young-farmer

Children are encouraged to help out from an early age, as seen here in this Hmong village Nong Het district Northern Laos

 

Alak Village Kaleum Ho Chi Minh trail Southern Laos

Alak Village Kaleum Ho Chi Minh trail Southern Laos

 

plowman

Farmer carrying field plow, Phonsavan Northern Laos

 

Pounoy Tribes people Phongsali Province Nothern Laos, these indigenous tribespeople are preparing for a funeral party.

Pounoy Tribes people Phongsali Province Nothern Laos, these indigenous tribespeople are preparing for a funeral party.

 

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Hua Pan province, happy girl Houay Ma village

 

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Akha hill tribe, Ban Boun Tai Northern Laos, blue dye on here hands is from working with weaving products.

 

chain-saw

Chain saw man, the saw is as big as the bike, Logging is a bustling trade with wood prices very high due to demand in China.

 

cowgirl

Cow girl getting the herd home before the storm hits.
Ponsavan, Northern Laos

 

Akha woman in the Jungle

 

grass-carry

Hmong Villager Muang Pek District Norhern Laos

 

gSeller

Motorcycle seller, Vientiane province

 

Goldpanner

Goldpanning Ban San Noi Northern Laos

 

gunmaker

Phongsali District man making gun from scratch

 

Kasi district Local kids taking a break from rice farming

 

red-miner

local villager mining gold, Nonghet district Northern laos

 

Hmong New Year Xieng Khouang Laos Plain of Jars

Hmong New Year Xieng Khouang Laos Plain of Jars

 

Village girl fishing Kamouane province

 

Kids in a cart in the rain, Gnomalat

 

Old woman with small fish for dinner..

 

Crossbow hunting

 

Village elder along the Ho Chi Minh trail

 

Ta Oy Villager

 

 

Ta Oy district

 

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Kids swimming in a fountain Muang Xai District Northern Laos

 

Brau ethnic villager Attepue province

 

Dak Cheung district woman smoking a big cigar.

 

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Ban Bang, Karuem district Ta Oy villager and her baby.

 

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Bouarapha district 3 kids posing with fish traps

 

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Catch of the day Saravanh Southern Laos

 

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Morning light the Mae Ban prepairing breakfast

 

Mounpalok District Southern Laos young girl going to school

Mounpalok District Southern Laos young girl going to school

 

Weaver in village Northern Laos

Weaver in village Northern Laos

Army Checkpoint and Cha Hawn

Army Checkpoint and Cha Hawn

Nov 022012
 

The Vientiane Boat Racing Festival is held every year, starting from the 15th day in the 11th month in lunar calendar.

The actual race is held on the 16th day, with heats starting early in the morning. Over 20 dragon boats and rower/paddler teams line up for the race on the Mekong River. The entrants come from all around Laos to compete in this significant festival.

Fa Ngum road, the road along the Mekong River bank, and other streets leading to the river are lined with stalls days before the actual festival starts. These sell all kind of clothes, food (especially grilled chicken and sticky rice cooked in bamboo pipes), fruits, and drinks. There are also sideshows, such as pop-the-balloons, where small prizes can be won all over the place.
There are usually three categories of boats: sport for men; traditional for men; and traditional for women. Teams of rowers are usually sponsored either by big name companies, such as Beer Lao, and telecom companies or by ministries or organisations in Vientiane.

On the race day, the town comes alive with noise and festivity as the teams make their way to the river either by truck or walking, banging drums and singing. The streets to and along the Mekong River bank are very crowded as thousands of spectators cram along to cheer their teams.


 


Sep 302012
 
Wood body truck rumbling off the Mekong ferry Champasak Laos

Wood body truck rumbling off the Mekong ferry Champasak Laos

 

Old style trucks, Xam Neua Laos 2006

 

40 year old bus plying the route Xiengkhouang-Paksan

PAZ-672, 40 year old bus plying the route Xiengkhouang-Paksan

PAZ-672

 

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An old Pavlovsky Avtobusny Zavod, PAZ-672, bus probably 35 years old gets loaded one more tome Lao Bao Laos heading for Vietnam

 

 

Paksan bus station heading for Xiengkhouang!

 

Phonsavan Paksan bus with snorkel for deep water

 

Ban Boun Thai bus slides off of road

 

South bound bus route 13 with a story to tell…

 

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Phonsavon to Pakse bus in the rainy season, what fun!

 

Phonsavon to Pakse bus in the rainy season, what fun!

 

 

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Sam Nea, old style bus, these are still seen in the outlying provinces but are becoming more rare.

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Heavy rain and slick road, causing problems for this Pongsali bound bus

LaosGPSmap floods

LaosGPSmap floods Nam Ngum river, buses and tuk tuks a low lying area near Thangon

 

Sep 152012
 

Customers of LaosGPSmap

* United States Embassy, Vientiane Laos

* United Nations Development Program Laos

* ESRI International, Washington D.C. USA

* Joint Pacific Accounting Command, Mia POW, war recovery team, Vientiane Laos

* United Nations Development Program Laos, Vientiane Laos

*Pan Australia mining Company Australia

*MMG, Mining company, Vientiane Laos

*World Food Program, Bangkok Thailand

*DHL Laos, Vientiane Laos

* UXO laos, National de-mining team, Vientiane Laos

* Laos National Geographic Department, Vientiane Laos

*Bactec international UXO  – demining organization, Vientiane Laos

*BBC Broadcasting, Worlds Most dangerous roads, series

*Mag De-mining team, Vientiane Laos

*National Regulatory Agency, Vientiane Laos

*Department of Forestry and Agriculture, Vientiane Laos

*Ministry of Transportation, Vientiane Laos

*Finnmap International mapping Company,Vientiane Laos

*Aruna Technology mapping company, Phon Phen, Cambodia

*NPA Demining team, Norway.

*Danish Church Aid. De-mining team, Denmark

*Pou Bia mining company,Vientiane Laos

*Geomap Mining exploration. Vientiane Laos

*Jule classic rental. Vientiane Laos

*Remote Asia travel. Vientiane Laos

*Off road Laos, tours. Luang Prabang Laos

*GPS Laos company, Vientiane Laos

*Ride Asia, Chiang Mai Thailand

*Explore Indochina, Hanoi Vietnam

 

Ho Chi Minh trails

Motorcycle tours laos

GPS Laos

Gpslao

Sep 142012
 

Kings Roman Casino, Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone,

Kings Roman Casino, Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone
(GTSEZ)has been given the green light to build an international airport in Tonpheung district, Bokeo province.

“In 2007, the Lao government agreed to concede 800 hectares of land in Tonpheung district to the Dok Ngiew Kham Group, with the aim to developing the area into the golden triangle economic zone over a period of 50 years,” the provincial Governor, Mr Khammanh Sounvileut said at the opening of the checkpoint. Investment amount 86,600,000 USD,Land Size:3000 ha
gpslaos, laos map Ho Chi minh trail map

 

Kings Roman Casino

golden-triangle advertisement
Gps laos, laos map, Ho Chi Minh trail map, laos bike rental

 

Golden Triangle immigration Post
Gps laos, laos map, Ho Chi Minh trail map, laos bike rental

 

Front view casino,
Gps laos, laos map, Ho Chi Minh trail map

 

golden-dome
Gps laos, laos map, Ho Chi Minh trail map

casino-front
Gps laos, laos map, Ho Chi Minh trail map

Golden triangle Thailand side of the Mekong,
Gps laos, laos map, Ho Chi Minh trail map

Immigration post Golden Triangle,
Gps laos, laos map, Ho Chi Minh trail map

Kapok garden hotel,
Gps laos, laos map, Ho Chi Minh trail map

Card Window

Swan Light poles,
Gps laos, laos map, Ho Chi Minh trail map

 

kapok Chinese
Gps laos, laos map, Ho Chi Minh trail map

 

Dome and parking lot Casiino

 

plenty of new construction

Platnium Hotel
gpslaos, laos map, ho chi minh trail map

 

Shopping street but there are no shops?
gpslaos, laos map, ho Chi Minh trail map

 

Ferry port near the Immigration checkpoint, GPS Laos

 

Fabulous paved roads, thick concrete and re-bar
Gps laos, laos map, Ho Chi Minh trail map, laos bike rental

 

District center, Tonepeung (Honey Tree) a few kilos south of the Casino roads are in Horrendous condition
gpslaos, laos map

 

Ancient ruins in the Golden Triangle area
gpslaos, laos map

Sep 142012
 
Terex Earth Mover rumbling through resettlement village Hongsa, Laos

Terex Earth Mover rumbling through resettlement village Hongsa, Laos

 

Power plant cooling towers and Stack construction 11 2013

Power plant cooling towers and Stack construction 11 2013

 

Hongsa Power progress

Hongsa Power progress

 

Hongsa Power

Hongsa Lignite Power Plant in Sayaboury province with the generation capacity of 1,878 megawatts (3X600MW Nominal Capacity) will surely start operation in 2015, following the approval of loans of US$2.7billion
The 1,878MWmine-mouth power plant is a joint venture between Banpu and Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Company.
Hongsa power.
Excavators in the main lignite pit looking South

 

Access road

Main access road from Thailand to Hongsa

 

Dam and reservoir constrution

Hongsa power,Dam and reservoir construction

 

Hongsa Power

View from the mountains to the South of the plant gives you an idea of the extent of the construction area

 

Hongsa Power

Main entrance for power plant area

 

Hongsa Power

Dam wall being constructed Nam Kan reservoir

 

Dam wall being constructed Nam Kan reservoir

 

Main lignite pit, cross section of layering.

 

Hongsa power dam and reservoir construction,

 

Truck number articulated dumper hauling overburden from reservoir.

 

Workers spraying cement on the steep sections near the Dam wall.

 

View of power plant layout from the surrounding mountains.

 

Cooling tower base, lower left and main turbine building to the right.

 

Schematic of plant layout.

 

Artists impression of completed power plant.

Hongsa Mine Mouth Power plant and mine layout including the ash pit

 

Stack and power plant construction North view

2004 Photo, of the impending development for the Hongsa valley!
Troubles escalate for Banpu
Coal producer may be liable for another $71m
Published: 24/09/2012 at 11:03 AM
Newspaper section: News
Banpu Plc, one of the region’s largest coal producers, could face even greater legal troubles as lawyers for Siva Nganthavee have vowed to appeal against last week’s Civil Court victory to seek even higher compensation.
The Civil Court on Thursday ordered Banpu to pay over 31 billion baht in damages to Mr Siva for what was characterised as “deception” on the part of the listed company over a partnership to develop a coal mining and power project in Hongsa, Laos.
Theerapun Petchsuwan, a lawyer representing Mr Siva, said his client will file an appeal despite his victory, pressing for higher compensation.
Mr Siva had originally sought damages of 63.5 billion baht from Banpu.
Mr Theerapun told the Bangkok Post that Banpu could land in more trouble due to a separate suit between Mr Siva and the Lao government.
Mr Siva is seeking payment of US$71 million (2.19 billion baht) from Laos for breaking the original contract held by his company, Thai-Lao Lignite, for the Hongsa power project.

 

 

Hongsa Power

View of surrounding countryside

 

Hongsa Power

Resettlement village near Hongsa