A Loop Taking In The Big Bamboo Bridge And The Kaeng Lin Rapids South East Of Xepon.

Discussion in 'Laos Road Trip Reports' started by Moto-Rex, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    A loop taking in the big bamboo bridge and the Kaeng Lin Rapids south east of Xepon.

    A good little loop you can do while riding between Xepon and Salavan, or as an out and back ride out of Xepon as I did.

    After seeing the Bamboo bridge and Kaeng Lin Rapids last year in the dyer months, I decided I wanted to see what they would look like in the wet season. So off I went.

    The Way.
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    Sharing the track with the local timber merchants just after turning off the main Dong to Nong road.
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    Village life in the land of Laos.
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    This was a nice spot to wash the mud of my boots.
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    Great riding through here.
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    Really good tracks in this area. You can cruise along at a good pace, with plenty of mud, ruts and rivers to keep up on your toes.
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    This is the kind of trails us old dirt riders love.
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    I arrived at the Kaeng Lin Rapids, and the water wasn’t pumping like I thought it may have been. It was the start of the wet season, so perhaps I was a bit early.
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    This is what the rapids look like from space. Googles big drone.
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    It’s a pretty awesome sight although my little camera doesn’t show just how impressive it is.

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    I reckon in the middle of the wet season this would look and sound amazing.
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    On the way to the Bamboo bridge I came across these real Lao adventure riders.
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    You reckon you need a flash “Adventure bike” to get around Laos. Yeh right…Tell it to these two young ladies.
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    When you see this bridge for the first time you get goose bumps. Its spectacular.
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    The bridge is looking a little run down since I was here last year. As you can see the safety rail is missing in some spots.
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    Now that’s what I call art.
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    I rode across the bridge to the village on the other side of the river. These two kids looked shocked to see a person dressed up like a spaceman in there village.
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    After a laugh with the locals it was back over the bridge.
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    The spaceman, in a miss timed selfie.
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    Just love this bridge. IMO this is the number one must see in Laos.
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    I rode into Nong after being lost for an hour or so, and while looking for a place to eat I noticed the Phet Lam Gneune Guest house and its array of war time souvenirs.
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    I didn’t stay here as I was heading back to the bright lights of Xepon, but it did look like a nice guest house. One to remember.
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    I was starting to worry if there was going to be any fuel left for me.
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    Having a laugh with these little kids in Nong before heading up the road back to Xepon..
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    There is so many tracks in and around Nong. All great riding, although its so easy to get lost..but then again, I still get lost in Chiang Mai.

    You’ve got to see this bridge before it disappears.

    Short video clip on the way.

    Moto Rex
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2016
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  3. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Nice one Rexy.. Ripper.

    Cheers
    Brian
     
  4. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks for this one.
    That bamboo bridge really is something & famous now.
    Funny how it's got such a reputation & how its on the off-road fans radar big time now.
    It will be a sad day when it goes.

    I like these two shots
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    what a work of art!
     

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