Advice sought on trip to louangphrabang

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  1. petedot

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    I would like advice on an 10 day return trip to LPB. My wife and I (2 up) would take train from BKK to either Chiang Mai or Nong Khai with Honda Shadow cruising bike on board. But which way from there? The Trip reports are great but I need the specifics. Can anyone help?
     
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    Hi Petedot,

    Only ten days from BKK - LPB - return is going to cut everything pretty tight no matter how you go.

    Remember that you can not get across from Nong Khai. There are many postings on this site to get you up to speed on this.

    So assuming you still want to give it a shot: When you get to CNX buy David's GT-Rider map for Laos.

    CNX to Chiang Khong is 5 hours. From here you can cross over to Houei Xai in Laos the same day you arrive from CNX. Do not arrive on a weekend, for Thai Customs is not open, so no chance of clearing out of Thailand.

    The next day in HX, load the bike onto a boat for a 1 day trip down the river to Pak Beng. Stay the night here. The next day use David's map for getting to LPB. It takes 1 day from here...

    Once you reach LPB you will have eaten up at least 4-5 days from BKK - and now you must head back. Not so much fun...

    Given you've only 10 days BKK return, you might want to consider a ride around one of the very nice Northern Thai loops?? And save the Laos idea until you have a couple of weeks++.

    AND it is very cold and wet right now in Chiang Khong and even colder in Laos. Last night the temp was down to 10c and by mid day it's only up to 17c and gray, windy and wet...so be prepared should you still want to come this way.

    Cheers,
    David and Mai
    Chiang Khong
     
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    I just left Laos yesterday, accross the bridge. Took about 30 minutes in all to exit and re-enter Thailand
     
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    To all the Daves, Davids, Mai and Snail. Thanks a million, sorry for the word 'Specific', however I had absolutley no idea of where all the places were, I do not have a Laos map. The Internet is very basic, is the GT riders map available in BKK? However I have managed to piece together a rough map now, with all your help and I am now informed, my wife and I thank you all very much. Peter and Dorothy.
     
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    Pete & Dorothy
    I am assuming that the bike is in your name as if it isn't you will have difficulties crossing the border. Just a thought in case you've overlooked it.
    What you are planning is ambitious considering the time constraint you've mentioned. If you can take longer then it would be a great trip.
    If time is still an issue you could consider a trip through the southern part of Laos and down into Cambodia easily in 10 days, with a day or two "off" in the Laotion islands and in PP and then doing the temples in Siem Reap.
    Just in case you missed it here's David's map of border crossings via the home page:
    https://www.gt-rider.com/seasiaborders.jpg
    Good luck I hope you have a memorable trip.
     
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    Hi Rhodie,

    I somehow missed David's map with all the crossing points, so thanks for pointing this out.

    Regarding crossing with a bike not in your name - been seeing a number of rental bikes making it through here in Chiang Khong/Houei Xai with no problems. But they must have proper documentation from the owner saying they are allowed to use the bike, must take care of all damages caused by the bike...

    David U. and others - any chance of getting a copy of what one or two of the rental companies are providing and then posting that for one and all to see? I too used to think that it was difficult, but after seeing so many others doing it, I've come to understand otherwise. Maybe it's only easier up here in Houei Xai??

    Cheers,
    David and Mai
    Chiang Khong
     
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