Scenes from the trail

 

Don Duvall is ‘The Midnight Mapper’. He has been exploring the Ho Chi Minh Trail for more than 10 years. Though much of what he’s documented is no longer visible, there are still plenty of new finds for those who are driven by adventure.

Ho Chi Minh trail

Wood House on the Ho Chi Minh trail Ban Laboy littered with 500 lb bombs

If you’d like to explore Laos by motorcycle, come ride with the man who mapped it. Otherwise, grab a GPS and a detailed map and head out to explore on your own. Here’s what to expect: 

crater-village, on the Nam Ngo river Phanop valley Ho Chi Minh trail

crater-village, on the Nam Ngo river Phanop valley Ho Chi Minh trail

Every kind of road – great and otherwise

Pou Khao Kouay National Park Road, under construction

Bridges and water crossings of every type imaginable

Bamboo bridge, Boualapha district, Southern Laos

Ta Oy Villager on the Ho Chi Minh trail

Ta Oy Villager on the Ho Chi Minh trail

Roadmarkings and signposts (and humor)

Xay District, Oudomxay

Secret War roads with a lethal legacy
Old French Hospital, Ho Chi Minh Trail

French Hospital used as POW camp along the Ho Chi Minh trail

Children's toys, bicycle, pumpy and bombs on the Ho Chi Minh trail

Lao people of a myriad ethnicities and a million smiles

Ban Kangxai fuel fill