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

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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.


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

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

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Decent rooms for the money'

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Then dinner at the Riverside Houysay Hotel & Restaurant'

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Food & company was excellent

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

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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

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Young girl carrying 2 babies by her head

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Amusing the locals

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Small Laos settlement, looks like they now have power

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


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KTMphil

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More Laos kids

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Grandma

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Justin in one of the villages

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More kids

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A young girl with amazing eyes

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Auke in a village

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KTMphil

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Justin tried this pipe

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Traditional Laos Hill-Tribe lady

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Villagers along the way

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

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Alex on his KLX 250

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More Laos villages along the way

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KTMphil

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More amazing faces along the way

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

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

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The Mekong scenery in Pakbeng is beautiful

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Loading logs in Pakbeng

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Repair work

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Smiley street sellers

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Pakbeng market

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

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

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

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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

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KTMphil

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


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

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