Trip 03 Dec to 11 Dec 2005 - VTN to H Xai

Discussion in 'Laos Road Trip Reports' started by mrlefrog, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. Hello the list,

    Find below my planing to be done on 1150 GS

    1/ I read most of the tips that are really great,
    but I do not see much (or I did not find[8D]) about the
    exit on Huay Xai,
    what doc to give where and what is the opening times
    of Lao and Thai customs[?]

    2/ To you who have experience in Lao
    would you find this schedule too heavy ?
    Shall I cut the trip to Phongsawan and stay longeur
    in L.P. ?

    Thank you in advance of your tips

    Bertrand

    Bkk 27 Nov 2005

    From 03 Dec to 11 Dec 2005

    3/12 Bkk – Udon – Nong Khay (560+60 = 620 Km)
    Meeting 08h00 Dept 08h30 from Total Viphavadi Rd
    Hotel in Nong Khay

    4/12 Dept 8h00 to Custom
    Pass Thai + Bridge + Lao
    Gourmet Lunch in Vientiane
    (French restaurant Nadao will be closed so Silapa or Cave de Chateau ?)
    13h00 Get out by Rd 13 or 10 Dir Paxan – Thakhek – Savanakhet
    Turn left in Rd 10 at Don Noun
    - Tha Ngon
    - Phongmang
    - Napheng
    - Left to Keune Kang
    - Kagnoung (Pak)
    - Thalat
    - Phonemy
    - Phonhong
    - Turn right in Rd 13
    - Hin Hoeup
    - Vang Khi
    - ThaHeua
    - Vang Vieng – (4 hours)
    Hotel Vang Vieng - Xayoh Riverside Bungalows
    Tel +856-23-511 088 Mob K Vong +856-20-0579-28-74

    5/12 Around Vang Vieng – Hotel Friend of Xayoh

    6/12 dept 09h00 to Phonsavan (6-7-8-9 hours – via Xaisomboune – off road ??)
    Check if Rd is open at Lao National Tourism Authority in advance
    Tel +856-21-21-22-48 or 212-251 Fax 212-769
    Also Xaysomboum S.2 Mobile +856-20-990-15-89
    - Rd 13 Dir Vientiane
    - At Tha Heua - Left into Rd ???
    - Dir Pha Volo – Xaysomboum (80 km)
    - Nam Pheung
    - Keomouanga (1915 Metres)
    - Tha Viang (60 Km)
    - Xiang Khong
    - Mouang Khoune (50 Km)
    - Rd 10 Lat Houang
    - Phonsavan (33 Km – Total 223)

    Or by the road 13 + 7 via Phou Khoun (6 hours) 240 Km +/-

    Hotel – Phu Chan Resort (@ USD 30)
    Tel/Fax +856-61-312-264

    7/12 Dept 09h00 to Louangphabang (6 Hours)
    Take Rd 7 Dir Phou Khoun – 1.500 metres (112 Km)
    Turn Right in Rd 13 dir Louangphabang (121 Km)
    Hotel – Villa Maydou Tel +856-71-254-601 Fax 254-605 (85 USD) need map to go to.
    www.villaeuangpa.com

    Alternative Hotel - Hotel 3 Naga

    8/12 dept 09h00 to Udom Xai (3 Hours) 196 Km
    Lunch at Udom Xai
    Dept to Luang Nam Tha (4 hours)

    Hotel – Boat Landing Guest House Tel +856-86-312-398 Fax 312-239 (!!! Not Booked)
    www.theboatlanding.laopdr.com

    9/12 Dept 08h00 Luang Nam Tha to Houayxay Lao Border – Thai Chiang Khong
    (8 hours) 196 Km

    10/12 08h30 dept to border pass Lao + Boat + Thai
    Night in Chiang Rai or May

    11/12 Chiang May – Bkk 700 Km

    Map Michelin Thailand 751
    Map Lao to buy in Vientiane (Red color) by GT-Riders (New edition)
    Octane booster
    Dust Masque
    Warm cloth + rain gears
    (times are taken from Bus information – shall be shorter)
    Lonely Planet “Laos” January 2005 – 5th edition.

    Thanks to
    Jean Paul Duverge www.asiasafari-laos.com/us/
    Sh vv
    John Somers & Secretary (visa Thai-Lao)
     
  2. Bertrand
    In reply to your 2 questions:

    QUESTION 1
    I read most of the tips that are really great, but I do not see much (or I did not find ) about the exit on Huay Xai, what doc to give where and what is the opening times of Lao and Thai customs.

    ANSWER 1
    You hand your bike import docs back into the customs office as you leave.
    At Huay Sai / Chiang Khong the customs hours of business are regular office hours Monday – Friday 8.00 am - 5.00 pm; but don’t expect any service after 4.30 pm! Closed Saturday, Sunday & public holidays.

    QUESTION 2
    To you who have experience in Lao would you find this schedule too heavy ?
    Shall I cut the trip to Phongsawan and stay longeur in L.P. ?

    ANSWER 2
    If you’ve never ridden in Laos the schedule might be a bit heavy.
    However if you have good experience riding long hours on demanding twisting winding narrow steep mountain roads – dirt & asphalt – then it “might” be ok.

    Please don’t forget to make a road & trip report after your ride.
    (I know there's more than 1 of you guys, so no excuses! Please put something back in, thank you.)

    Davidfl
    Keep The Power On
     
  3. David Tks for the answer,

    So I cut off the Phornsawan loop as I must be in Friday at custom.

    Yes I will give feed back.

    Bertrand
     
  4. berty, remember to stop an smell some roses, allow 15 min a day, 16 if you slow down.
    have a great trip an post some pikkies, you , the bike , lao kids loa beer lao wiskey.
    Bye for now .....Scott..envious as @##$.
     

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