Nong Kiew to Luang Praubang off-road is a really nice days ride. Allow a minimum of 5 hours moving time. What is most unique about this off-road is that it is all weather riding and actually improves with rainfall.
From Nong Kiew head east on Hwy 1C. It takes 1 1/2 hours to reach your turn off point at Samsoum.
Samsoum to Pak Xeng takes around 2 hrs. This section runs along a ridge line winding the way down to Pak Xeng. Here there is fuel, water and food.
Pak Xeng to Viengsavan takes around 1 to 1 1/2 hours it is flat country following the Nam Xeng river. At Viengsavan you meet Hwy 13, 15km north of Luang Praubang.
Coming into Nong Kiewphoto by Luke
The crew: Marcus, Phil, Naa, Darren and Luke
No need for extravagant baby bathes in Laos
Leaving Nong Kiew photo by Luke
Coming into Samsoum photo by Luke
A hunter in the forest just past Samsoum
A small village between Samsoum and Pak Xeng photo by Luke
photo by Luke
Winding down the mountain coming into Pak Xeng photo by Luke
Myself crashing just after the above photo was taken photo by Luke, thanks mate
Villagers coming into Pak Xeng photo by Luke