Oct 222012
 

“in Laos stick to the main Route 13, which runs the length of the country from south to north.

It’s paved, in good shape and traffic is light. The few cars and trucks on the road go relatively slow and give cyclists plenty of space when passing.

Go off the main road and it’s a different story. Your back road will almost certainly be dirt and little more than one big mud puddle in wet season. It may not even exist. Triple check with locals before heading off onto a road that looks promising on your map. Just because it’s marked as a big red line doesn’t mean it’s at all suitable to cover on a bicycle or that construction has even been finished.

As an example of how misleading maps can be, we were planning to cover Route 23 in southern Laos until we met someone who had just come from that road. She had to walk for two days because there was nothing more than a forest path and this was an allegedly major road on our map. We later saw pictures of the road and it was just a rocky, sandy track.

Maps of Laos are almost impossible to find in the country. Bring one from home or just wing it.”

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Ban Khockhao do, doodle do

Motorcycle Laos Nam Ngum Lake

Motorcycle Laos Nam Ngum Lake

 

Motorcycle laos road 1 D Nov, 2012

 

Motorcycle laos xepon valley, motorbike laos

 

Motorcycle Laos jungle track

 

Motorcycle Laos crossing Baily bridge near Muang Mok

 

Home made scooter in a Hmong village, Phongsali

 

Trail riding Plane of Jars (PDJ), just like a golf course. Motorbike Laos

Laos Proviincial road 4529 at 1900 meters elevation

 

Motorcycle tour up the Mekong river via local canoe

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Sometimes there’s no getting around it? Mud Mud Mud…

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Plain of Jars at it’s best rain season 2012

Mekong river cruise, Laos style

motorbike Laos, river crossing Baja 250, crossing the Xe La Mang river Ta Oy district

 

motorbike Laos, small bridge what fun

 

motorbike Laos, deep mudhole

 

motorbike Laos, how to de water a bike after a deep river crossing

 

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Jungle track on the road to Paravek

 

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Hmong man with a fresh kill of water buffalo

 

Motorcycle art at local shop on the road, Laos Self guided tours, motorbike Laos

 

Motorcycle Laos, Nam Moen river ferry, full up.

 

 

Champasak Southern Laos, red dust and sunset

 

Motorcycle Laos, ridge-top road there is no better riding than this!

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Steep section of the Ho Chi Minh trail, 3 people will get her up this steep rocky hill.

Rainy season deep in the Ho Chi Minh trail, taking a breather from all the mud bogs.. Motorcycle Laos, at its best

 

Paksong Southern Laos, motorcycles under those plastic bags

 

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Morning bread run, full up, Talat Sow Vientiane, morining market

 

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Big logs Longest dirt ride ever in Malaysia