Hmong New Year – Phonsavan

Chilling in Phonsavan. Having tagged along with Chris for the first part of his tour. Decided to hang out in Phonsavan with Tanoy from Cranky T Bar & Cafe for a few days. Chris and the group continued to head south on their journey. Tanoy informed me a few months earlier that the Hmong New Year in Phonsavan is…

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Plain of Jars Site 52

What to do next? In Phonsavan and Hmong New Year is still a few days away. Thinking what to see and do next?  Over beers started chatting with some Australian archaeologists from James Cook University that are here checking out various Jars sites. They highly recommended heading out to Site 52. It is approx 27 km out of town…

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Phu Chi Fa – To the base and above

One of my favourite rides. Cross over at Houy Xai, head to Pak Tha. Take the ferry across the Mekong and ride to Muang Ngern. You have the Mekong on your left and the Mountains with Phu Chi Duen, Doi Pha Thang and Phu Chi Fa on your right. Twisting and winding along all the way. No other vehicles…

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Spoon Village – Ban Napia

Xiang Khoung province was one of the most heavily bombed areas during the second Indochina war and is littered with millions of UXOs. Bomb crater scars are visible from the road in front of the houses. The locals we spoke with buy the scrap UXO from others and then melt it down in a kiln to make spoons and…

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Vat Phiavat

The temple was built in the 14th century and it is believed that the same craftsmen also built Vat Si Phom located a few blocks away. In the 19th century, bandits looted and invading armies damaged Vat Phiavat as they searched for riches. Fighting during the first Indochina War damaged the temple and its large Buddha image in 1953….

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Kasi Bypass

  Kasi bypass road 4C. The Kasi bypass is one of the most amazing and changable roads in the region It has mostly settled down.. Except up at the highest point. There are constant land slips with the road being cut off or closed. Some of my images and a video December 2017 Some of my images and a…

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Long Chieng LS 20a

  Three reports covering Long Chieng trips. Aussie Tim’s first trip back in 2013 when on a work trip with Phou Bia Mine. Long Cheng (Tieng) LS 20a – Phuo Bia Mine Trip Thongkhoon, Oddvar and myself have a reccy and see if it is possible to get in with out passes and approval from Vientiane. The reccy was…

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Adventure Riding Southern Laos

  Adventure Riding Southern Laos. Recently back from a fantastic 9 day ride in Southern Laos with Chris and Mike. Chris took some time out from Moto Lao based in Luang Prabang to join us.. Big effort for him to meet us at Muang Nong.. Well done.. Basically we crossed Chong Mek / Vang Tao.. Then turned left a…

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Viengxay – City of Victory

    Viengxay – City of Victory. The Viengxay caves in Houaphanh Province of North-Eastern Laos are an extensive network of caves in limestone mountains. Four-hundred eighty of these caves were used by the Pathet Lao during the Second Indochina War to shelter from American bombardment. Up to 23,000 people lived in the caves, which contained a hospital, a…

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