Kasi - Muang Nan road condition

Discussion in 'Laos Road Trip Reports' started by brian_bkk, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer

    G'day All,

    Chris Corbett just passed over this way in the last couple of days.

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    He took these pics of the current conditions of the road.

    (Pictures used with permission)

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    Chris said vehicles are still using the road.. But the rest of the road could slide away at any time.

    As you get closer to the top.. The road is sagging and getting ready to slide.

    Quote " That road has some real problems "

    If you are planning a trip any time soon.. Beware.. You may need to go up the old way via route 13 to Luang Prabang.

    Chris's Blog is here for those that would like to see more of his rides and trips down the Ho Chi Minh Trial.

    http://motorcycletourslaos.blogspot.com

    Cheers

    Brian
     
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  3. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    Thanks Chris and Brian for the update.

    Quote ” That road has some real problems. ”

    Looking at those photos Id say it would be one hell of a ride at the moment.

    Moto-Rex
     
  4. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    The Muang Nan - Kasi shot cut road is an amazing ride with some of the most beautiful scenery in northern Laos.

    Here's how it looked on 2 January2016

    Heading up onto the plateau from the north - Muang Nan end.

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    Up on the plateau,

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    where I think Steve Canyon's landslide pics were taken. Look closely in the background, where the two boys are & this should be the spot.

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    A kms or so further on & you reach the ridge line before that amazing descent.

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    there are enough signs around to get your attention & stay alert to watch the road ahead.

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    Here's how the elevation profile of the short cut looks

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  5. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    After the ridgeline you cross over & a couple of kms is that huge landslide that they  are forever repairing[​IMG]

    If there's been no heavy rain around then you are in luck.

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    but if it's wet then you could always be in for a few hundred metres of steep greasy snot.

    You just never know until the day. But that's part of the adventure & why we ride.

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  6. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    The short cut shaves about 100 kms - 1.5 - 2 hours of the old road Vientiane - Luang Prabang.

    Here's how it all looks going from Luang Prabang south to Vientiane.

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    I left Luang Prabang at 10am & arrived in downtown Vientiane, at the Ekalath hotel at 4.10PM.

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    Only the old Vang Vieng - Vientiane road still sucks, it's been under repair for several years & is never finished.

    Whilst I think there is less dirt, the broken asphalt & potholes seems be getting worse - because of the heavier traffic,  that is increasing all the time.

    The last 50 kms into Vientiane always suck, especially if it coincides with school coming out or peak hour.

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    154 kms = 2 hrs 45 minutes!

    Your best bet really is to break the journey with a night in Vang Vieng.
     
  7. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer

    After the ride along the Mekong from Luang Prabang to Muang Nan.

    Thought I would go and check out the Kasi bypass. Hopefully not too cloudy up there this time year and not wet like previous rides.. as the road is slippery like ice when wet.

    This little beauty is right on a bend and steep part of the road.

    You can see the entire lane has fallen away.

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    Get to the top and ride on the dirt.. There is a maintenance area at the top before you start the decent down to Kasi.

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    The mighty KLX is popular with some passing local tourists.

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    This view point is pretty new.. Before you had to stop on the edge of the road which didn't feel very comfortable with the traffic and steep road.

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    Now for a look to the left at the view point.

    You can see how the mountain is continually falling away and there is a large chunk of mountain waiting for the next rainy season.

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    It is really rough in here. There are two gravel lanes. Quite wide apart and pile of rubble in between.. Assume the wider lane was created during previous landslides for when the inner road is blocked the traffic reverts to the outer track over the widened road from the previous landslides.

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    Get your crash helmet on ;-)

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    Pretty sure this road would be closed back home in this section until the pending landslide is gone and the road stabilised.

    Time to head back to Luang Prabang and take in the views from the other direction

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    A nice day ride out of LPQ 230 km by the time I made it back

    Cheers
    Brian
     
  8. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer

    Here is a short clip..

    The video gives some perspective to the issues with the road up there as well as the landslide issues.



    Cheers

    Brian
     
  9. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    To reconfirm the very dangerous nature of this road & the steeepness of the descent into Kasi

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    On the 21st February there was a horrific bus accident on the descent into Kasi.
    A tour bus wiped out a mini bus.

    [​IMG] Bus accident Muang Nan - Kasi road.

    Some info in Lao + (graphic) images here

    http://www.tholakhong.com/2016/02/blog-post_21.html?m=1
     

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