Aug 142014
 
Petrol pump

Typical rural Petrol pump

fuel-lady

fuel-lady

Xam Nea Fuel Station

Xam Nea Fuel Station

fuel-pump Vietnamese style

fuel-pump Vietnamese style

Smiley fuel full

Smiley fuel full

Xam Tai fuel station

Xam Tai fuel station

Cleaning fuel pump

Cleaning fuel pump

Bike rental Laos

Bike rental Laos

gasstationlaos

gasstationlaos

gasoline

gasoline

Sleeping on the job

Sleeping on the job

hmong-fuel

hmong-fuel

Star-fuel-oil

Star-fuel-oil

Stick-made-station

Stick-made-station

colorful-drums

colorful-drums

fuel-pump

kuluem

kuluem

petrotrade erector set

petrotrade erector set

Old Station Old Russian Lada

Old Station Old Russian Lada

Lots of fuel bottles

Lots of fuel bottles

Night station

Night station

PP pump

PP pump

kuleum-pump

kuleum-pump

First station on Road 18 A

First station on Road 18 A

Vietnamese fuel seller

Vietnamese fuel seller

Bouasavanh power

Star fuel oil

Star fuel oil

24 hour pump Luang prabang

24 hour pump Luang prabang

Bouasavanh

Bouasavanh

Mauang Nan Pump

Mauang Nan Pump

Petrotrade

Petrotrade

Petrolimex Vietnam

Petrolimex Vietnam

Ptt fuel station

Ptt fuel station

Ptt Thailand with all the trimmings

Ptt Thailand with all the trimmings

fuel-fill-village

fuel-fill-village

Phousey Petrol

Phousey Petrol

fuel-and-a-smile

fuel-and-a-smile

cold-drink-mister

cold-drink-mister

Tarieng-Fuel-stop

Tarieng-Fuel-stop

fuel-and-haircut

fuel-and-haircut

Jun 272014
 
Jan 272014
 

Southern Houaphan province is a hive of activity with a new  district center under construction.

 

Xam Tai road marker

Xam Tai road marker

 

Giant water wheels

Giant water wheels

 

Wood bridge

Wood bridge

 

Selling produce

Selling produce

 

Happy fuel seller Xam Tai

Happy fuel seller Xam Tai

 

Muang Kuan arial photo

Muang Kuan arial photo

 

Main street of new district center

Main street of new district center

 

Kids at local market after receiving some lollies

Kids at local market after receiving some lollies

 

Ethnic Villagers Deep in Southern Houaphan Province

Ethnic Villagers Deep in Southern Houaphan Province

 

Fog rain and slippery tracks

Fog rain and slippery tracks

 

 

Cool Night in the mountains

Cool Night in the mountains

 

Lao Hai ceremony in a remote village Houaphan Province

Lao Hai ceremony in a remote village Houaphan Province

 

Old stupa near new town

Old stupa near new town

 

School sign

School sign

 

new-gov

 

Bamboo bridge crossing a river Southern Houaphan province

Bamboo bridge crossing a river Southern Houaphan province

 

Tree on main street being cut for new power lines

Tree on main street being cut for new power lines

 

Remote village Houaphan

Remote village Houaphan

 

Red Road Rain and Fog

Red Road Rain and Fog

 

Fuel full in a remote village

Fuel full in a remote village

 

lonely border guard at remote crossing to Vietnam

lonely border guard at remote crossing to Vietnam

 

Weaving village along the Vietnamese border

Weaving village along the Vietnamese border

 

Inescapable memories of war Huaphan Province

Inescapable memories of war Huaphan Province

 

Friendly villagers helping repair a bike

Friendly villagers helping repair a bike

 

Border Post Vietnam

Border Post Vietnam

 

Main street fogging morning

Main street fogging morning

 

Doi Mai Lak Muang, Xam Neua

Doi Mai Lak Muang, Xam Neua

 

Rains clearing and setting sun, Houaphan province

Rains clearing and setting sun, Houaphan province

Oct 202013
 

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”.

Ho-chi-minh-trail-missile

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

Ho Chi Minh trail Mission card

Roads

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

Houay Xai Red Roads LaosGPSmap

 

Vientiane Boom, Rapid development

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.

 Surveys

 

Road 4 At Thadua on the Mekong river

Road 4 At Thadua on the Mekong river

 Bridges

Bridges: The 4 new bridges spanning the Mekong river: Xiengkok, Houay Xai, Pakbeng, Paklay, and Don Khong bridges.

 

 

 

 

Phou Kham mine articulated dump truck

Phou Kham mine articulated dump truck

Mining

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

LaosGPSmap Nam Khan damsite

Hydroelectric Projects

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

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.

 

 

 

Oct 062013
 
Phou Vieng Pha Lookout Point

Phou Vieng Pha Lookout Point

Great Riding and Clear Views

Great Riding and Clear Views

Nam Khan Valley view

Nam Khan Valley view

Big Mountian Louangprabang

Big Mountian Louangprabang

Bamboo shoot dryer high in the hills

Bamboo shoot dryer high in the hills

Dam wall abutment

Dam wall abutment

Dam Wall

Dam Wall

Nam Khan Dam Valley

Nam Khan Dam Valley

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Head Race Section

Head Race Section

Nam Khan 1 Damsite location

Nam Khan 1 Damsite location

Terex Earth Mover

Terex Earth Mover

ferry-boat

Oct 052013
 
Nice scene bad tragedy

Nice scene bad tragedy

Flooded School house

Flooded School house

 

Mud and destruction

Mud and destruction

 

School and teacher

School and teacher

 

mud and destruction

mud and destruction

 

Nam Pa Suspension bridge wash out

Nam Pa Suspension bridge wash out

 

Nam Pah Cement bridge abutment washout

Nam Pah Cement bridge abutment washout 

Washed out bridge at Phone Thong
Washed out bridge at Phone Thong

 

mega landslide one slip and its 50 meters to the river

mega landslide one slip and its 50 meters to the river

 

wood bridge over the nam pah

wood bridge over the nam pah

 

Electrical infrastructure in shambles

Electrical infrastructure in shambles

 

washout

 

temp-bridge

 

Nam-Pa-bamboo-bridge

Nam-Pa-bamboo-bridge

 

Suspension bridge and new pilings destroyed

Suspension bridge and new pilings destroyed

 

Phonxai Valley

Phonxai Valley

 

Washed out bridge at Phone Thong

Washed out bridge at Phone Thong

 

nice track in the mountains

nice track in the mountains

Aug 182013
 
Road 001-F improvement

Road 001-F improvement

Only in Laos will you ever see a sign like this..

Only in Laos will you ever see a sign like this..

 

Ban Khockhao Do

Ban Khockhao Do

road-sign

499 Louangnamtha!

499 Louangnamtha!

 

 

Road 15 Samouay

Road 15 Samouay

 

Thanlang junction Railway station

Thanlang junction Railway station

 

Monoliths of an ancient time only 1 km Plaines De Jars

Monoliths of an ancient time only 1 km Plaines De Jars

 

Xam Tai road marker

Xam Tai road marker

 

Dan is the word for border crossing in Lao, Vietnamese border is only 10 ks

Dan is the word for border crossing in Lao, Vietnamese border is only 10 ks

 

Ban Dong Xepon

Ban Dong Xepon

 

Hmong New Year Festival Phou Khoun Northern Laos

Hmong New Year Festival Phou Khoun Northern Laos

 

High in the grasslands Muang Sing District

High in the grasslands Muang Sing District

 

Nam Ngum 5 Damsite Access Road Marker

Nam Ngum 5 Damsite Access Road Marker

 

Km 11 Ban Xinxai

Km 11 Ban Xinxai

 

HouayXay

HouayXay

 

Phou Lao and only 59 Ks to get a decent meal

Phou Lao and only 59 Ks to get a decent meal

 

AAA Army road

AAA Army road

 

Nong Het door to Vietnam

Nong Het door to Vietnam

 

20-km

Old Road Oudamxay

Old Road Oudamxay

dienbeinphu

Id-00

Road to Vietnam, bike rental Laos

Road to Vietnam, bike rental Laos

bike-rental-laos
pou-khoun

Savannakhet 169 kilometers

Savannakhet 169 kilometers

Dein Bien Phu

Dein Bien Phu

Xay District Oudomxay

Xay District Oudomxay

Phou Khoun Road 7

Phou Khoun Road 7

 

PakTha

PakTha

 

On the Brink of Border crossing

On the Brink of Border crossing

 

1507

 

xeingkok

xeingkok

 

100 Kms to Attapue

100 Kms to Attapeu

 

American Road Old Marker

American Road Old Marker

 

Donexia on Road 1-B

Donexia on Road 1-B

 

Nam Ngeun Immigration

Nam Ngeun Immigration

 

Road Marker  on the way to the Secret War road

Road Marker on the way to the Secret War road

Houay Xai 202

Houay Xai 202

 

Savannakhet 32 K

Savannakhet 32 K

 

Kilometer 113

Kilometer 113

 

Na Teuy 19 ks

Na Teuy 19 ks

 

NR 1-E Gnommalath

NR 1-E Gnommalath

 

Road 13-N Pakmong

Road 13-N Pakmong

 

Road 1-D Central Laos

Road 1-D Central Laos

 

Chalernxai on the Ho Chi Minh tral southern Laos

Chalernxai on the Ho Chi Minh tral southern Laos

 

The rapidly changing valley of Hongsa once fertile rice growing

The rapidly changing valley of Hongsa once fertile rice growing

 

Road 17 Muang Sing

Road 17 Muang Sing

 

Panghai Chinese Border Checkpoint

Panghai Chinese Border Checkpoint

Chinese Border 4 kms

Chinese Border 4 kms

 

 

Phonsavan along winding and wonderful road 7 interesting villages and great views along this route

Phonsavan along winding and wonderful road 7 interesting villages and great views along this route

 

The rapidly changing valley of Hongsa once fertile rice growing valley is home to a 3 billion dollar lignite power plant

Xayoboury home of the anual Elephant festival and jumping off point to the mighty Mekong Dam

 

Boten Road 4

Boten Road 4

 

Road 11-C

Road 11-C

 

450 Year Road Vientiane Povince

450 Year Road Vientiane Povince

 

1-I Attepue

1-I Attepue

 

5101 Phameuang

5101 Phameuang

 

Saisetha road 1-I

Saisetha road 1-I

 

Road 13 South Veungkham

Road 13 South Veungkham

 

Thonepeung Goldend triangle

Thonepeung Goldend triangle

Road 1-I Paksong

Road 1-I Paksong

 

Khangkay road marker

Khangkay road marker

 

Attepue

Attepue

 

Viengthong

Viengthong

 

28-A-sepon-mine-special-road

28-A-sepon-mine-special-road

 

Road 12 Gnommalath

Road 12 Gnommalath

 

Thakhek

Thakhek

naka

 

Road 7 Nam Chat

Road 7 Nam Chat

 

18 B on a smokey summer day

18 B on a smokey summer day

 

km 219 Road 1 C

km 219 Road 1 C

 

Meuang Phieng Road 4

Meuang Phieng Road 4

meutor

 

Road 4505 Vientiane Province Upgrade to Partially paved

Road 4505 Vientiane Province Upgrade to Partially paved

Sep 202012
 
Landmark That Luang Stupa Vientiane Capital

Landmark That Luang Stupa Vientiane Capital

 

WTC vientiane

WTC vientiane

 

world-trade-Laosgpsmap center Vientiane Laos

world-trade-Laosgpsmap center Vientiane Laos

 

artists-impression-of-WTC-Laos

 

WTC- sales and rental building

WTC- sales and rental building

 

wtc-construction site

wtc-construction site

 

industrial estate entrance

industrial estate entrance

 

asian-mall

asian-mall

 

Jiro computer I store

Jiro computer I store

 

stock-exchange

stock-exchange

vita-park

vita-park

 

saysettha-development

saysettha-development

 

Capital building Vientiane city

Capital building Vientiane city

 

New construction project underway, look at that here in Vientiane!

 

The Vientiane Shrine is open for “Business”

 

Crown Plaza Hotel coming soon Vientiane Laos

LaosGPSmap Exclusive, surveys the rapid “boom” development of Vientiane city. We are the only mapmaker continuously surveying for our product, and the results show. LaosGPSmap most accurate and up to date dataset for Laos in existence.

Construction cranes dot the skyline on the Mekong river

The main sales office on Samsenthai road shows this model

Shopping mall apartments

 

ASEM9 will be held on November 5-6 under the theme “Friends for Peace, Partners for Prosperity”.
The government will have 120 Mercedes Benz and 11 BMW sedans to transport heads of state and government and high-ranking officials from Asia and Europe who will attend the summit in November.
Forty Mercedes Benz S350s have been bought, along with 65 Mercedes Benz E350s. Another 15 Mercedes Benz are also available, having been imported for previous international conferences.
The government has also bought 130 Toyota Camrys for use by high-level summit delegates.
Mr Phouphet said about 40 percent or 96 billion kip of the total 240 billion kip will go towards vehicle procurement. The remainder will be used for administrative expenses, not including infrastructure construction and upgrade, which has been funded by other countries.
Laos has received funding and grant assistance from China, which provided a grant of 450 million yuan (about US$71 million), a soft loan of about US$37 million, and 10 buses and 4 motorcades.
In addition, Japan has provided 1.93 billion yen (about US$25 million) and US$3 million, while Vietnam has provided US$500,000 and some equipment.
Thailand has provided 190 million baht (about US$6 million) of which 30 percent is a grant and 70 percent a soft loan, and Brunei has given a grant of US$500,000.
The European Union (EU) provided a grant of US$400,000 for study tours so that Lao officials could learn about hosting such an event from European countries that had done so in the past. The EU has also provided help with the interpretation of six languages and three translators for each language.
Australia has provided assistance with English language, protocol, and translator training. Singapore is helping with preparations for Senior Officials’ Meetings, manual writing, and audiovisual equipment. Pakistan has provided 10 sets of computers.

 

New hotel construction

groundbreaking to opening 7 months

 

Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel

 

The Manager, “Now I know god is money”

 

Newly constructed convention hall for the Asem Summit

International convention center built by China

 

 

New USA Embassy under construction Vientiane Laos

 

 

Vientiane presidential palace renovation

 

Electric fountain Kaysone Road Vientiane Laos