Oudom Xai to Phongsali, tarmac all the way.

Discussion in 'Laos Road Trip Reports' started by Moto-Rex, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    Oudom Xai to Phongsali.

    This is an update on the roads that run between Oudom Xai to Phongsali.

    The way…. Oudom Xai - Sin Tai - Boun Nua - Phongsali.

    The good news for riders with road bikes, is that its tarmac all the way.

    From Oudom Xai to Ban yo, there’s very little traffic, but from Ban Yo the traffic can be very busy as there’s a lot of trucks coming from China via the Pakha border crossing.
    These trucks seem to all be heading to the big dam project east of Phongsali.

    The road from Oudom Xai to Sin Tai is a nice ride, and it follows a river all the way to the turn off at Sin Tai, and further on the Muang Khua. There is a few pot holes, but all in all the roads in pretty good nick.

    This is a photo from my first trip on this road 6 years ago. Now that’s what you call a pot hole.

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    The hole is no longer there.
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    The Sin Tai - Boun Nua road south of Boun Tai.
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    My mate Pissy Pete on the same stretch 5 years ago.
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    A few colourful ladies from a 2010 trip
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    The road as it is now.
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    BrianBkk only 15 months ago at the same section of road when we rode to the top of Laos. I’m amazed just how quickly things change.
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    The road just north of Boun Tai is already showing some signs of wear.
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    And not helped by the landslides.
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    Apart from a couple of landslides, the road is in great condition.
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    There’s some really think jungle along the way.
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    The hot line isn't always the best line.
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    Stopping for a quick feed in Boun Nua.
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    The view from the road a few KMs from Phongsali.
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    Phufa Wat looks out over Phongsali.
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    Looking down on Phongsali from Phufa Wat.
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    Moto-Rex
     
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  3. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer

    Nice one MotoRex.

    I can't believe it has been 15 months since were were up that way...
    What a ripper trip that was :) Would do that trip again with you in a heart beat.

    Rex's report:-
    http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/showthread.php/37920-Holy-Moses-An-Adventurous-motorcycle-ride-in-Laos

    Brian's report:-
    http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/showthread.php/37669-Northern-Laos-December-2012-(Moto-Rex-amp-BrianBKK)

    How did you get over this hole on the first trip?
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    Those China trucks can be a real menace.
    This one took out a local and another one not paying attention nearly took us out too.

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    Keep em coming Rex.

    Cheers
    Brian
     
  4. SilverhawkUSA

    SilverhawkUSA Ol'Timer

    Thanks for the update, Rex. Things certainly change over a few years.
     
  5. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Wow. Great little update Moto-Rex
    I love this pic above as to me it shows how high up & remote Phongsali is on the ridgeline.
     
  6. phuketrichard

    phuketrichard Ol'Timer

    good soup at that little restaurant at boun nua

    trucks used for bus's

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  7. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    There was a detour, so no need for the superman cape.

    Report here http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/showthread.php/29746-OudonXai-Muang-Khua

    The trucks that I was stuck behind for 20 kms were twice the size of the one above, that crushed the scooter.

    Moto-Rex
     

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