Cycling route 4 in Laos
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 29, 2012 9:47 PM Last Post By: SimonHill
Nov 25, 2012 3:07 AM
Cycling route 4 in LaosIn about a month I would like to cycle route 4 in Laos, heading North from Vientiane towards Luang Prabang. Have you come that way?
On my map it looks like I may have to returm back into Thailand to actually get on that road, which I'd rather not. I will eventually return to Thailand at Huay Xai/Chiang Kong and want to get a Thai visa in Vientiane to give me a full month in Thailand before flying home mid March.
I worry about blowing that visa if I must go to Thailand ever so briefly to get on Lao route 4.
Is there any report about cycling route 4, about accomodation and such?
I have cycled route 13 twice, one down and one up. Would like to try something different.
Nov 25, 2012 7:39 AM
1try this: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1&page_id=156016&v=3J
GT Rider map shows a dirt road from vientienne to naphiang,
then an asphalt main road to pak lay on highway 4.
Rough Guide map shows a major route, highway 11, from vientienne to
sanakham, then a minor dirt road on the east side of the mekong,
requiring a ferry crossing somewhere to reach the minor road on
the other side to paklai.
Nov 27, 2012 3:21 AM
Terrific. Thanks a lot!
Nov 27, 2012 4:56 AM
Nov 28, 2012 7:24 PM
Nov 29, 2012 9:47 PM
5Great link to crazyguy -that's why I didn't cycle it!
I think I mentioned it in another post, but Lao just announced that they are going to start building a Mekong Dam in this area.
I'd get there fast, because construction traffic can make roads virtually impassable for anything with wheels less than 4metres high!
Please report back.
Of course you could wait 5 years till the dam is finished than it will be silky smooth all the way to LP.
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