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”.

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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.