An Alternative To Hwy 13 When Riding Between Savannakhet And Thakhek.

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  1. Moto-Rex

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    #1 Moto-Rex, Oct 19, 2016
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    An alternative to hwy 13 when riding between Savannakhet and Thakhek.


    I try to avoid riding on hwy 13 as much as possible, and in doing so I can always find a slow paced back road where you don’t have to worry so much about being run over by a black range rover or a white land cruiser doing warp speed. Pretty much always, by avoiding hwy 13, you end up on a dirt track which suits me, but in this case the alternative is a quiet Mekong riverside ride that’s all tarmac.

    The way. You can see the road follows the river most of the way.

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    This is the Savannakhet - Mukdahan bridge.

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    Looking over to Thailand.
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    The road as it heads north out of Savannakhet. Yippee….no traffic.
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    This bridge was about half way between Savannakhet and Thakhek.

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    This is the mother of all steel bridges in Laos,..well, the biggest I’ve seen anyway.
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    Its worth going this way just to see this bridge. What a ripper.
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    There’s plenty of great little villages along the way.
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    Arr yes, the magnificent Kawasaki KLX250. What a machine.
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    This certainly beats hwy 13.
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    OK…so there is a bit of traffic.
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    A great day out on a motorcycle,..the open road, cool bridge, rice fields, postcard vistas all around you, and beer waiting in Thakhek. That sounds pretty good doesn’t it??.
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    Last stop, my favourite little riverside restaurant in Thakhek.
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    Life is good in Laos.
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    Conclusion. If you want a great little tarmac ride when riding between Savannakhet and Thakhek..then this is the road for you.


    Moto-Rex
     
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    Love those bridge photos
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    damn impressive & then I remembered I'd been down the same road in Feb this year.
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    you got a better photo.

    I loved the huge trees beside the river & lining the road.
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    It's an awesome country cruise.
    Check it out sometime guys.

    Thanks for posting Rex.
     
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    Spot on with this one Rex.. I real lovely ride watching the river life go by...

    Jim and I were on this around April 2015 think it was.

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    Drying tobacco by the road side.

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    Any road bike can do this real easy..
    We went a bit too quick and missed out on some of the great pics you have here.

    Cheers
    Brian
     

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