Hi, does anybody know if there is public transport along the Tha Khaek Loop? We'd like to do the trip during our next holidays in Laos, but we don't feel fit enough to do it by motorbike. Has anybody done it before or informations about it? Thanks.
#1Kastenfrosch has been a member since 25/8/2018. Posts: 1
Posted by SoManyMiles on 5/9/2018 at 14:54 TF writer
There is public transport along the Tha Khaek Loop and it is doable but it would certainly require time and patience. Transport for each segment is mostly local buses/songthaews, the wait and see variety where they will depart when there’s enough passengers and will stop, pick up more along the way. You’d have no problem going from Tha Khaek to Kong Lor (via Vieng Kham, Na Hin), then from Kong Lor to Lak Xao, the major hub before the Viet border. The leg I foresee some challenges is Lak Xao to Na Kai and Mahaxay back to Tha Khaek. These are small villages and not an important route (seeing far less traffic) as most vehicles would use Route 13 and Route 8. A songthaew may or may not go that day.
Most travellers relying on local transport would simply go to Kong Lor and back, and check out the caves/blue lagoon near Tha Khaek as a day trip (easy to hire a tuk tuk) or organised trek but if you have time and don’t mind a bit of an adventure, the loop by public transport should be possible.
I did it on a touring bicycle in 2017 and didn't really notice much public transport, except on Route 13. However, as SoManyMiles, says that shouldn't put you off if you have plenty of time. Guest house owners will always manage to find you some kind of transport and even a section with a car and driver shouldn't break the bank.
One piece of News is that there's now a bus between Phonsavan and Lak Xao. I used it in January 2018 from the junction of Route 10 with Route 8, near Ban Na Hin, to Phonsavan.
#3janusz0 has been a member since 22/2/2017. Location: United Kingdom. Posts: 5
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