Route 18 - Post your favourite pictures here.

Discussion in 'Laos Road Trip Reports' started by brian_bkk, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Entrance to Route 18


    Some kids along route 18


    Hauke's bike getting carried across.. His exhaust was too low and the river was quite deep.. Even the KLX exhaust was close to the water.


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  3. bartomeer

    bartomeer Ol'Timer

  4. Jurgen

    Jurgen Ol'Timer

    Route 18 – Kingfisher's branchout – two dirt landings, no harm, just red earth! :oops:


    Visited both ends of Route 18 … but did few kilometers in the middle!

  5. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

  6. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    Here’s two of my favourites.

    The first is what looks to be an innocent mud puddle in the middle of the track, problem was, there was a branch just under the mud on an angle, ready and waiting to catch out unsuspecting riders.


    Unsuspecting rider.

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  7. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Thanks for the reminder Moto-Rex LOL

    Here is the video in case you want to see the splat in the mud 5555

    Turning up the speakers.. I hear " ahhhhh , mud bath... fark... "
  8. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    555 That Video is hilarious, but they always are when its someone else lying in the mud.

    The muddy hand that appears is like something out of a 1930s horror movie.....ITS ALIVE!
  9. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Moto-Rex tearing it up on Route 18

  10. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Strictly speaking.. Not a picture.. :)

    But a great demonstration of how much fun Route 18 A is and can be..
    As well as especially muddy just after the rainy season.. This was November.
    Would not suggest trying any earlier.

    Still one of the best rides in Laos IMHO

  11. rob7711

    rob7711 Ol'Timer

    Crossing the Xe Khampho river in November 2015

  12. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Nice one. You didn't take the bridge B-)
  13. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    For those that have ridden 18 A. You will remember the big river crossing you hit after leaving 13 S... or last big river crossing before reaching 13 S if coming from Attapue.

    Well.. it use to be a real dog leg, nightmare to navigate with big holes to drown in if you took the wrong line.

    All those big holes have been filled in with stones.. you can drive / ride over really easily now.

    Will grab a still shot from the video of the stones..
    If you want to see how it was before.. Check out the video link in the post above.. Where Justin nearly goes for a swim.

    Here is Chris Corbett from Moto Lao riding over.




    We rode the upper 18 A track.. Pretty easy with a few creek crossings and one deep ford.. but there are kids with a little boat to get you through..

    Next time will take the original 18 A as there are plenty of little tracks leading to the upper track if the path is blocked.

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