Ta Oy to Dong - The BIG Bamboo bridge and Ho Chi Minh Trail ride.

Discussion in 'Laos Road Trip Reports' started by brian_bkk, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    G'day All,

    This is a great ride from Ta Oy to Dong following the Ho Chi Minh Trail all the way.

    A real big Thank you to Chris (AKA- Steve C Canyon) for the help and track.
    Check out Chris's site here.. The Ho Chi Minh Trail – Laos Motorcycle Tours
    A wealth of information.

    You have to see and ride the BIG Bamboo bridge..

    Just amazing.

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    To get to this amazing bridge you have a great little ripper of a ride from Ta Oy along the Ho Chi Minh Trail..

    Lots if small creek crossings

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    Zipping along some lovely parts of the HCM Trail.. Some great climbs up the hills too.

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    This was quite funny.. They wave, so I slow down to say hi.. As I stop.. They all run and hide.. (In the video below)

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    Some wonky bridges to zip over

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    More fabulous crossings.

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    After the BIG Bamboo bridge the road is wide and graded all the way to Dong.

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    A short video of the HCM Trail ride below



    Cheers
    Brian
     
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  3. CraigBKK

    CraigBKK Ol'Timer

    I was in Ta Oy about 8 years ago. Just getting to the town was difficult enough then. This looks great fun Brian, love the long bridge too.

    Any chance of a map of the route or the gpx track?

    Cheers
     
  4. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Hi Craig,

    You are welcome to the track..
    Must admit it is one big rats nest of log files that need sorting :)

    When I sort it out.. will add here.. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks

    Cheers
    Brian
     
  5. Rod Page

    Rod Page Ol'Timer

    GREAT shot of the bridge!!!!
     
  6. angkor1

    angkor1 Ol'Timer

    So sorry in Germany we can`t open the video. It is blocked because of the music. Blocked by the Gema.
     
  7. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Seems Germany has very strict copyright application of music.

    Good bunch of my vids blocked in Germany.

    Could always try a vpn or proxy service B-)

    Cheers
    Brian
     
  8. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Wow, thats quite THE bamboo bridge eh.
    Good stuff. Super vdo & loadsa fun out there in Laos.
    Impressed. Well done & thanks for the continued contributions.

    Keep 'em going - you're an inspiration for many other Lao riders to be.
     
  9. angkor1

    angkor1 Ol'Timer

    Yea shit this situation Brian. I m sitting here in cold Germany. Since nearly 30 years no winter for me always in Thailand - Laos etc. But my business at home give me no time to fly to Asia. Hope in 6 or 8 weeks I m back. Time than to see your fantastic Video.
     
  10. rob7711

    rob7711 Ol'Timer

    Fantastic view of the bamboo bridge Brian. This bridge is on my route this coming January and your vdo is a real teaser. Thanks for posting. Cheers!
     
  11. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    Great video of the bridge Brain, its defiantly on my list of trails to ride.

    Just think how much work went into making that bridge.

    Nice report.

    Moto-Rex
     
  12. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    A little update on this route..

    From Dong to Nong.. ( don't mix them up ;-)
    It is paved all the way.. around an 8 km patch in the middle some where that is dirt.
    Really easy dirt.. Comfortable ride it on the Versys.

    But don't get too excited.. As from Nong to the Big Bamboo is still little track and dirt.
    - Doable on bigger more road orientated bikes for those keen.. As long as not wet.

    Now.. You better get there quick.
    After we rode the Big Bamboo.. All back to HCMTrail as expected..
    But the last I think 10 or 16 KM to Ta Oy is all tarmac now..

    In my original video above from 2 years ago..
    Those early creek crossings are gone and around 4 or 5 bridges in place.

    In the video here.. from the Big Bamboo through the creek crossings you can see it is still a fun ride..
    But for how long?



    Here are a few close up pics of the Big Bamboo Bridge. A bit overcast this day unfortunately

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    Cheers
    Brian
     
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  13. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    Thanks for the up date Brian. I still think there will be a few dirt alternatives to the paved road.
    I'm sure you'll find them. ;)
    I just love that bridge.

    Moto-Rex
     
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  14. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Just to add..

    The locals said it takes them 2 days to put the bridge up.

    Bloody impressive..

    Cheers
    Brian
     

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