cycle laos mahaxay-vilabury-xepon

Discussion in 'Laos - General Discussion Forum' started by choudoufu, Nov 16, 2014.

  1. choudoufu

    choudoufu Member

    will be bicycling from bangkok to nakhom phanom, then a bit of riding in laos
    during the upcoming spring festival, jan-feb 2015. would like to get up into
    the hills for a bit.

    planning to ride lak sao-nakai-mahaxai. have read a few blogs on crazyguyonabike.
    this part seems simple enough - some hills, some rough dirt, guesthouse in thaleung.

    but i'm also considering continuing south from mahaxai-vilabury-xepon.
    is this doable in jan/feb? is there any lodging along the way? i'd rather not carry a tent,
    and it's not a one-day ride on a mountain bike.

    i have the gt-rider map which shows 2 routes between panam and vilabury.
    the northern route goes via bualapha, and the southern route via xaybuathong.

    i've seen this post by moto-rex where he rides both routes over two days, staying in vilabury.

    hoping to learn more........

    --any more recent info, how are the roads and water crossings now?
    --is there any lodging in bualapha or xaybuathong?
    --any shops/stalls in villages along the way selling food or water?
    --am i nuts to even want to try this on a bicycle?

    any info would be appreciated!
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  3. Javawa

    Javawa Guest

    Xaybouathong - the new Kopvilay GH on the main road (Rd. 1F) on the right side coming from the north
    Boualapha - the Gin Duome Gh when you ride into town on your right hand side (at the market) and a bit further on (also on the right) the Government GH

    Lak Xao to Gnommalath is good and on the south side it is now paved

    Other areas - Haven't been there for a year or so and don't know the conditions of the road now after the rainy season (was good about a year go) but I plan to be there in a few weeks time and might be able to update the info after I get back

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