Off-Road from Huay Xai to Mueng Nguen

KTMphil

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Off-Road from Huay Xai to Mueng Nguen



Tough life in Laos




This is the dirt road route we took from Huay Xai to Pakbeng - 146km


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5 of us did a quick trip into Laos, 3 on motorcycles, 2 in pick-ups.


Here crossing on the Ferry from Chiang Khong, Thailand into Huay Xai, Laos. Make sure you have your blank TM2 Thai vehicle forms with you or you'll have to get them from the main immigration office in Huay Xai town, they don't have them at the ferry ramp immigration office.









The Laos town of Huay Xai on the far side of the Mekong





This time stayed at the Oudomphone 2 Hotel, 80,000 kip for a fan room high season, not so bad









Decent rooms for the money'





Then dinner at the Riverside Houysay Hotel & Restaurant'








Food & company was excellent







Great views of Chiang Khong Thailand from the restaurant across the Mekong river

 

KTMphil

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Then off south east on the dirt road that links Huay Xai to Pakbeng Roughly 150km with some sections of tarmac. Here a typical Laos village on the route








Young girl carrying 2 babies by her head





Amusing the locals












Small Laos settlement, looks like they now have power






Amazing children's faces in the villages along the way to Pakbeng













 

KTMphil

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More Laos kids










Grandma





Justin in one of the villages





More kids





A young girl with amazing eyes








Auke in a village

 

KTMphil

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Justin tried this pipe





Traditional Laos Hill-Tribe lady










Villagers along the way





Justin blasting along on his KTM 525 (bored out to 570cc)





Alex on his KLX 250




More Laos villages along the way

 

KTMphil

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More amazing faces along the way














Pakbeng stayed at the SantiSouk GH 500 bht, clean & comfortable







We donated a north Thailand map to them - they were very pleased





The Mekong scenery in Pakbeng is beautiful














Loading logs in Pakbeng

 

KTMphil

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Repair work





Smiley street sellers






Pakbeng market




Looks like the old market area in Pakbeng has shop house development under way






The Monsavah GH in Pakbeng has opened a brand new restaurant opposite it - "the Monsava Restaurant", worth a try










The Monsavah GH in Pakbeng --always a good choice too

 

KTMphil

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Coming back into Thailand, it was border market day at the Muen Nguen/ Huay Kon border crossing, never seen it so bustling there before

 

KTMphil

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Newly renovated place to stay in Pakbeng - The Duangpaserth GH, looks like it will be clean and cheap










Views from the off-road trail between Huay Xai and Pakbeng

 
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