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    Re: Laos January 2016 - Comedy of Errors

    Looking forward to the tracks, it will be interesting to see where you went. Glad my last trip was a bit less 'exciting', you certainly found a lot of mud!

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    Re: Laos January 2016 - Comedy of Errors

    Day 13

    Muang Kham - Phonsavan - Long Chen(nope!) - Phonsavan
    Short ride today.
    Phonsavan for breakfast.
    Stopped at a checkpoint, didn't even make it to Xam Thong.
    We were told Long Chen is not a quiet place.
    We gave our passport details, signed the book & had more or less convinced the young bloke on the checkpoint to let us through, then some officious looking dude with a briefcase said a blanket no & that was that.
    Mimed a rifle & got the head nod.
    Old soviet tank & Plain of Jars site 2 & the old Soviet planes at the back of the airport will have to do then.
























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    Re: Laos January 2016 - Comedy of Errors

    Day 14

    Phonsavan - Luang Probang

    A very cold start in the morning.
    Roadside coffee.
    Racing buses on the mountain roads.
    Main hwy frolics all day.
    Beer for lunch & toilets with a view.
    Dinner overlooking the Mekong















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    Re: Laos January 2016 - Comedy of Errors

    Day 15

    Luang Probang rest day.
    Morning markets
    Pork & chicken on a stick for breakfast.
    Tuberculosis in a bag
    2 hour river cruise with beer & pork crackling.
    Forgot to go to the line dancing disco last night.




















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    Re: Laos January 2016 - Comedy of Errors

    Day 16

    Luang Probang - Hongsa - Pak Beng
    Crowded ferries.
    4B roadworks.
    Happy hunting parties

























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    Re: Laos January 2016 - Comedy of Errors

    Day 17

    Pak Beng - Huaysai

    First time I've seen rice paddys green, unseasonal rain planting?
    Cross the Mekong twice
    Magic tricks for the kids at lunch in Hatsa
    Lots of bulldust on a once great track
    New ferry crossing to try?
    Elephant hitching a ride
    Laos border dudes lose paperwork, hassles on the Thai side. One of us has to ride back into Laos for an argument. All sorted.
    Back into Thailand

































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    Re: Laos January 2016 - Comedy of Errors

    Day 18

    Huay Sai - Chiang Mai

    Breakfast with Bob
    Cruisy ride back
    200 meters of monks.










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    Re: Laos January 2016 - Comedy of Errors

    GPS Tracks.

    Because the touch screen of the Montana came off, I lost the tracks from Huaysai to Luang Nam Tha so I have re plotted the routes we took for them.
    From Samhan to Muang Khua seems to be missing as well, so it's been re plotted too.

    The actual GPS files aren't as accurate as they normally would be because they were done on the old Garmin GPSmap 60Cx so they are limited to 500 points.
    08-JAN-16 is the one you're all interested in.

    Dropbox confuses me, so if this link doesn't work, let me know & I'll do something else.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/9fhxwfoedb...racks.rar?dl=0

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    Re: Laos January 2016 - Comedy of Errors

    Link works a treat thanks mate, looking at your 9th of Jan file, after you got turned back at LC you made a detour off the trail for some reason


    Great report thanks for putting up the pictures....On the day from LNT to Nale to Oudomxai, ive done that route along the river a few times but don't recall any suspension bridges other than a few wicker crossings, you have any WP's

    Any new GH info you have would be useful cheers.
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    Re: Laos January 2016 - Comedy of Errors

    Quote Originally Posted by bsacbob View Post
    Link works a treat thanks mate, looking at your 9th of Jan file, after you got turned back at LC you made a detour off the trail for some reason


    Great report thanks for putting up the pictures....On the day from LNT to Nale to Oudomxai, ive done that route along the river a few times but don't recall any suspension bridges other than a few wicker crossings, you have any WP's

    Any new GH info you have would be useful cheers.
    We had some rubbish we needed to dispose of, thoughtfully ;-)

    The suspension bridges are on the first leg heading south to Nale from the turnoff at Homxai on the 13-N

    I didn't really record the GH info as most were just major ones we came across.

    The Sengeduan in M. Kham was a basic truckstop style with average rooms. It looks like they had 2 or 3 options. Good rooms in the first building, average in the second & cheaper elsewhere.

    The one in ViengXai, I can't recall the name of. It is set back from the main road heading north, opposite the market. Pretty decent.

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