Phonsavan to Tha Vieng to Tha Thom

Discussion in 'Laos Road Trip Reports' started by mactbkk, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. mactbkk

    mactbkk Ol'Timer

    Following from a Lao friend up in Phonsavan regarding the road conditions:

    due to on-going road construction,
    the road is open from:

    5 to 7 AM
    12 to 1 PM
    after 5 PM

    We came down this road in early December 2008 and did run into several not too lengthly delays because of the new construction. BTW, a Vietnamese company has the contract for this job.

    Had planned to visit Tha Thom in early April but now may give it a miss.

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  3. ray23

    ray23 Ol'Timer

    Boy that sounds like fun. Is there that many paved roads yuo can travel on with a street bike?
  4. mactbkk

    mactbkk Ol'Timer


    Nothing much at all paved shortly after you pass through Muang Khoune on towards Tha Vieng. Hard packed dirt and gravel, then might well hit the construction areas, I don't know how far they've progressed.

    If you plan to go all the way south to Paksan, reckon a street bike, if you're meaning a 150 cc type, might have troubles, especially if there's rains. FYI, we were in a 4WD pickup (with apologies, again, to the forum, great information and fun reading, I'm just a coward!).

    If you plan on returning back to Phonsavan and get delayed, there is a guest house at Tha Vieng, and another at Tha Thom. Both a bit rustic I'm told.

  5. ray23

    ray23 Ol'Timer

    Sounds likew mihgt be better to rent one of the dirt bikes, no the street bike is a Dragstar :lol: :lol: :lol:
  6. Auke

    Auke Ol'Timer

    The construction may take some time. In Muang Khoune at the start of the the road there is a sign which indicates that 70 km. road will be upgraded with a starting date of October 2008 and completion date of October 2012
  7. jimoi

    jimoi Ol'Timer

    I rode thru here a few weeks ago. The joy of a dirtbike is you can get around the bamboo security poles with a few words in Vietnamese and while keeping an eye where the diggers are - power past. The danger is pretty high doing this but you can also sit for 2 hours in the sun and wait.

    Locals are doing it on step thru bikes. The guesthouses in Thathom and Tha Vieng are not so bad.

    Give me a ring Ray, I'll hook you up with wheels.
  8. ray23

    ray23 Ol'Timer

    Yuo would need an ambulance available as well :lol: :lol: :lol:
  9. cdrw

    cdrw Ol'Timer

    Pakkan to Thathom:

    At one point the road is very muddy from water draining down the side of a mountain.
    Shortly after that there is an area where the road goes down. At that point the hardpack
    road surface is covered with fine powder...and it is very slippery. Hence, I crashed!
    Quite passable for trucks; okay for road bikes but very dicey for a street bike!

    Few river crossing...all easily passible in the dry season, even with a street bike.

    Other than the above, the dirt roads are fine for a street bike

    The only GH I saw in Thathom, but surely other accomodations can be arranged.

    The Thatom GH had electricity fittings in my room, but they were turned off.
    I was provided with 2 small candles (look on table). At 160-Bt/night I felt ripped off;
    maybe electricity was available for an extra fee ;-)

    Dirt roads from Thathom to Mouang Khoune were not a problem. (Feb 2007)

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