R1c Vieng Thong / Muang Hiam - Phou Lao - R6 - Xam Neua

Discussion in 'Laos Road Trip Reports' started by DavidFL, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. #1 DavidFL, Jan 9, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2017
    A continuation from
    Road Update - Pak Mong - Nam Bak - Nong Khiew - R1c
    and
    R1c Nong Khiew - Vieng Thong / Muang Hiam

    A later getaway than preferred on account I misread my watch earlier on & didnt look at the time again until it was "late."

    Vieng Thong - Xam Neau = 146 kms on another of those wonderful narrow twisting roller coaster mountain roads.
    GTR-ElevationProfile-MH-XamNeua.

    Brekky was at the bus station in an effort to find something decent for breakfast.
    IMG_8139. '

    Breakfast
    IMG_8138.
    & the verdict is I'd rather eat at the bus station than the Tontavanh.

    And I was finally on the road at 11AM. No problem I thought it's only 146 kms & the road gets better.
    IMG_8143.

    The way up from Vieng Thong
    GTR-GoogleEarth-MH-PLao1-L.

    and generally it is a beauty all the way to Phou Lao, the road junction with R6.
    IMG_8140-L.

    IMG_8154.

    IMG_8146.

    It seems to wind through the mountains endlessly
    IMG_8156.

    IMG_8177.

    Up on the ridgeline the forest cover was interesting & beautiful
    IMG_8159.

    IMG_8160-L.

    IMG_8163.

    IMG_8171.

    There are not as many villages as on the Nong Khiew - Vieng Thong road.
    IMG_7962.
    but a big bike always gets some attention when you stop for a photo.

    The closer to Phou Lao you get the busier it gets.
    IMG_8165.

    The endless blind corners you need to take care on
    IMG_8203.

    Some Sakura beauty
    IMG_8173.

    Locals on the way home with some firewood to keep warm
    IMG_8180.

    The Google Earth view to Phou Lao
    GTR-GoogleEarth-MH-PLao2.

    Phu Lao junction city
    IMG_8183.

    IMG_8181.

    more to come.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  2. Vieng Thong / Muang Him - Pou Lao
    GTR-ElevationProfile-MH-PhouLao.


    From Phou Lao to Xam Neua the road has seen better days unfortunately & is broken up & potholed in many places.

    Bomb shells start to feature along the way
    IMG_8194.

    IMG_8196.

    IMG_8197.

    IMG_8201B-L.

    IMG_8201.

    A dirt road for Moto-Rex & Brian
    IMG_8215.

    The asphalt ones in the distance for David Unk
    IMG_8211.

    IMG_8184.

    IMG_8185.

    The elevation profile Phou Lao to Xam Neau
    GTR-ElevationProfile-PL-XamNeua.
    confirmation of the roller coaster ride up & down "the hills."

    The Google Earth view riding the ridgline & valleys from Phou Lao towards Xam Neua
    GTR-GoogleEarth-PLao-XamNeua1.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  3. Xam Neua
    Arrival time was 3.30PM & I'd set off from Vieng Thong at 11AM
    A good part of the Phou Lao - Xam Neua section was a pig of a road full of potholes, sorry I didnt get any photos of those suckers.

    It was absolutely glorious weather on arrival
    GTR-XamNeua.

    The next morning it was not quite the same
    GTR%20-%20IMG_8262.
    Drizzling with rain & a much lower temperature.
    Unfortunately for me my dodgy knee started playing up & popping out.
    The next few days were difficult - hobbling around on one leg, plus cold & wet.

    Killing time
    Wat Phoxaysanaram
    GTR%20-%20IMG_8253.

    GTR%20-%20IMG_8254.

    is up on the hill over looking Xam Neua
    GTR%20-%20IMG_8242.

    GTR%20-%20IMG_8252.

    a bit more to come.
     

Share This Page