R1c Nong Khiew - Vieng Thong / Muang Hiam

Discussion in 'Laos Road Trip Reports' started by DavidFL, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    A continuation from
    Road Update - Pak Mong - Nam Bak - Nong Khiew - R1c

    One of my favourite rides due the winding nature of the roads & the abdundance of road side villages & super friendly people / kids.

    Its only 164 kms but such is the natutre of the road - narrow, tight twisting through the mountains that it is difficult to carry any speed.

    At the Nong Khiew end it starts off like this
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    its bumpy, patchy asphalt for the first 90 kms to Mouang Mouy.
    In fact it could rate nicely as a pig of a road, but a beauty for a nice 250.
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    Dodging potholes & avoiding oncoming traffic on the continuous blind corners is good for the brain & keeping your concentration up.

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    Its a fabulous ride for the village life you can see right beside / on the road.
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    The kids are always super fun & friendly.
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    A wedding party beside the road
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    A nice stretch of road
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    Some Hmong gals out for New Year Still
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    The Vstrom gets the eye from some young lads in a village
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    Another family watch on
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    Grandma too
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    Its grass brush central in some villages along the road
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    Mum & son doing chores beside the road
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    The road goes through the Nam Et -Pou Louey conservation zone & the forest is thick.
    The Nam Et–Phou Louey National Protected Area hosts a large number of endangered species including the last tigers of Indochina, gaur, Sambar deer
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    In places they are still taking timber out
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    Little landslides dot the roadside
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    After Mouang Mouy the road is nice - wider & the surface more smooth, but the road is still bumpy
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    Khamu weavers beside the road
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    Guys working hard repairing the village "hydro-electric" water propellers.
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    Its a never ending mountain ride - up & down
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    & pottering along, avoiding the potholes plus slowing down in the villages for photos takes time & all adds up.
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    164 kms = 5 hrs 45 @ 28 kph average speed.
    Power on he says - if only you could!

    Where to stay in Vieng Thong
    Vieng Thong - Muang Hiam Accommodation

    Where to eat in Vieng Thong
    Vieng Thong - Muang Hiam Restaurants
     
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  3. Ian Bungy

    Ian Bungy Ol'Timer

    I Agree an Amazing Road, Perfect for a 250. Surprising how long it takes to cover a relatively short distance!
     
  4. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    A Google Earth view of part of R1C from Nong Khiew - Vieng Thong winding its way through the mountains,
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    Entering Vieng Thong
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    The river is the Nam Khan which flows into the Mekong at Luang Prabang.

    Vieng Thong is now officially called Muang Hiam.

    Muang Hiam city
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    Just 1 kms from Muang Hiam city are the Muang Hiam hot springs in a nice forest park.
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    Open air tubs to soak in
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    The locals come down at dusk to bathe & do their laundry
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    The Muang Hiam market
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    I walked inside with my camera in hand & most people had a look of fear on their faces = no photos. Sorry folks. Just looking.

    Vieng Thong / Muang Hiam also has a famous LS36 site nearby at NaKhang
    http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/showthread.php/35653-Laos-the-Trip-December-2011

    LS-36, “The Alamo” in Laos

    Lima Site 36 not far from Viengtong.

    Jimoi spills information on Laos - 8/9 day Northern Loop

    Vieng Thong has featured in these reports on GTR before:

    Vieng Thong to Phonsavan on the dirt.

    Luang Prabang-Vieng Thong-Phonsavan-Pakxan
     
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