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Guide to the Tha Khaek Loop

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By the time you roll back into Tha Khaek, you’ll have covered 450-kilometres and travelled through some of the most breathtaking, unforgettable scenery in all of Laos. The Tha Khaek Loop: get a motorbike and go.

Map of the Tha Khaek Loop





The Tha Khaek Loop, also known as the Konglor Loop or simply “the Loop”, begins and ends in Tha Khaek and can be done in as little as three days, though more are recommended for a less hurried pace. Four days is more leisurely. Five and up can include side-trips and relaxation.

The majority of travellers tackle the route in an anti-clockwise direction, and this is the way we’ve written the details. There’s no particular reason why, except this way Konglor Cave is the penultimate highlight of the trip and the long stretch of boring highway driving back to Tha Khaek is left to the end.

Parting advice at Tha Khaek Travel Lodge. Photo taken in or around Guide to the Tha Khaek Loop, Tha Khaek Loop, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Parting advice at Tha Khaek Travel Lodge. Photo: Cindy Fan

We’ve given you an overview in the introduction, with details on renting a motorbike and tips for the road in the transport section. Insurance? Check. Helmet? Check, check. Now here’s how to tackle the Tha Khaek Loop.

Tha Khaek to Mahaxay (40 km): “Cave alley” As you depart Tha Khaek heading east on Route 12—a road that continues all the way to the Vietnam border—it doesn’t take long before you get a taste of what to expect in the coming days. Say goodbye to civilisation, say “sabaidee” to rural flatlands and karst. Route 12 skirts the southern edge of Phou Hin Phoun NPA and the first 20-kilometres is packed with ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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