Update on the road that goes south from Phonsavan to HWY 8 at Lak Ha.

Discussion in 'Laos Road Trip Reports' started by Moto-Rex, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    This is a quick update on the road that heads South from Phonsavan, to HWY 8 at Lak Ha, via Mouang Khoune, Thathom, Thasi and Vieng Thong. (not sure of hwy number)

    Once at the end of HWY 8 at Lak Ha, you can go east to Lak Xao, and further on to the Vietnamese border at Na Phao, or west to Vieng Kham on HWY 13.

    This is a great way to cut out going to Pakxan when heading north or south.

    This is a fairly new road that cuts though some of the most scenic parts of Laos. There is a tight and twisty section that cuts though a mountain range, which is one of the best road rides anywhere.

    I rode up from Lak Ha to Phonsavan, its 300 kms, and took me about six hours. The section from Vieng Thong to Thasi, I saw only one car, it was like having the road to myself,….be aware, there’s no shops or fuel on that section, so fuel up and carry some extra water in case.

    GPS https://www.dropbox.com/s/szokg3zhbvwy795/Rex1-2014%20Phonsavan%20to%20Lak%20Sao%20tar.gpx?dl=0

    How goods this? Just north of Lak Ha…picture says it all.
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    It looked like the wrapping paper was just taken off this bridge.
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    I remembered this river crossing from a pervious ride, and it didn’t look like this.
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    This is how it looked only 14 months ago.
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    The magnificent KLX on one of the many bridges along to way.
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    Lao’s travelling salesman…..the true adventure riders, must just love this road now.
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    Not only have the road riders got a smooth surface to ride on, the kids now have nice a tar playground to play on.
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    Also a great place to look after your little brother or sister......cute
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    This a good fun ride with stunning scenery, great little villages, that would be even better on a bigger bike than a KLX.

    Hope this road update helps anyone planning a trip. Battery went flat on my camera, so if you happen to ride this road, add a few photos to this report to show others just how good it is.

    Moto-Rex
     
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  3. Poompui

    Poompui Ol'Timer

    Looks awesome!
    Will try that route later in the year.....
    Have a cool pic of a travelling Laos salesman taken on Hwy 10......

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  4. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Woweee. Brilliant update there sexy rexy. Once I get wheels again it is definitely on my hit list.
     
  5. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Wow, looks sportbike-worthy!!! Gotta get back to Laos asap!!! :mrgreen:
     
  6. Joraa Krabb

    Joraa Krabb Member

    Great I will go this way on 2014 May
     
  7. Cbr2500r

    Cbr2500r Member

    I just drove through this area a few days ago from Phonsavan to Konglor. I was debating whether to take this route or turn south at Muang Koun, but Google told me to go south. Wish I had seen this thread before! Oh well I'll take this road next time. I think the road is called route 1D.
     
  8. Big_Dave

    Big_Dave Active Member

    Is there a route to join Xepon with Lak Xao? Would need to be tar as I'm 2 up and will be a wet season ride.
     
  9. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

  10. Cutter

    Cutter Member

    I'm considering taking the road from Vientiane east on highway 13 to highway 8 and then north on highway 1D to Phonsavan.

    Couple questions:

    Is this route all paved? Nice road?

    Are there gas stations along the way?

    Is this better than going back up north to Viang Vieng and then east to Phonsavan on highway 7?

    Thanks
     

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