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Track from Phonsavan to Paksan ?

  • pimprenelle

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    Hello everybody ! ;)

    I'm preparing our rip in Laos (september/october 2010), and we'd like to reach Paksan "directly" from Phonsavan:(without coming back to Vientiane)
    Is it possible? (we'll have a 4x4)
    If yes, how long is it? I'm afraid it'd be a little "muddy", as it's the end of rainy season...
    Thank you for your answers (and sorry for my bad english...i'm from France!lol)

    #1 Posted: 1/4/2010 - 03:26

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  • wanderingcat

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    In the dry season, buses complete the journey in one long day. In the wet season, they simply don't try. Have heard of people doing it in 2 days on dirt bikes, spending the night in Tha Thom (has one guesthouse). This route has a few stream crossings that seem to get a bit deep in the wet season (based on photos i've seen), & there is a lot of construction work going on (for the next few years), so long sections have been dug up. One NGO i know couldn't get through to access villages in the area during the last rainy season, even though they have a 4X4 vehicle. Best to check on the Laos section of this forum, there are trip reports & photos by people who've done that road before: http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/

    #2 Posted: 1/4/2010 - 08:27

  • pimprenelle

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    Thank you for your help, Wanderingcat ! (the gt-rider forum is now out of work, I'll have to wait a little to have informations)
    It's a pity that works are not finished yet! (we're coming too soon!), but it'll be especially a good thing for locals.

    #3 Posted: 1/4/2010 - 15:55

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    #4 Posted: 1/4/2010 - 22:09

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    #5 Posted: 2/4/2010 - 13:54

  • pimprenelle

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    Many thanks, guys ! it seems that this track is "bad", indeed !
    Perhaps, works of construction will be finished till september....
    I come back later for others questions !

    #6 Posted: 3/4/2010 - 19:48

  • Adamanski

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    I'm the guy who wrote meshandy blog in 2008.

    I would not recommend driving a 4x4 along that road in the rainy season, you wont make it. There are ongoing roadworks from the far end, but I only just made it thru on a dirt bike and via bamboo rafts. It's impassable. Dry season maybe, but not wet. Hope this helps.

    Big thanks to David Unkovich for adding my blog to GT rider, and thanks to wanderingcat for referencing my blog.

    All the best


    #7 Posted: 17/5/2010 - 08:15

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