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Thakhek Loop Adventure Day 3 (Part 1)

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From Phosy Thalang Guesthouse in Ban Thalang, I departed early at 6 am to get to Laksao. I have read about part of the Thakhek Loop would involve going through the muddy, slippery red earth road and seen some of the pictures over the net, of which most Thakhek Loop adventurers would love to show it over their blogs. The truth is, these stretch of road is hardly passable during the rainy season from what I had experienced and observed on my third day of the loop adventure. But before that, as I cycled away from Phosy Thalang Guesthouse on the unpaved, rocky road, I reached the bridge area which connects to the other side of the road, which was divided by a massive lake. The lake, as I mentioned on the earlier writings, could already be seen when I was in Nakai. So, you could just imagine how huge the lake size is. Over at the bridge, the early morning sunrise view were just stunning and picturesque. The cool morning breeze and crisp air added the charm of the great nature landscapes in this central part of Laos.

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Getting out early from Phosy Thalang Guesthouse on my journey to Laksao

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The road outside Phosy Thalang Guesthouse. The unpaved road deteriorated into muddy red dirt earth before reaching Laksao from Ban Thalang

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The sunrise view from the bridge area after Phosy Thalang Guesthouse

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Another sunrise view in Ban Thalang

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The bridge at Ban Thalang

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The view of the lake at the bridge in Ban Thalang

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Stunning sunrise view at the lake in Ban Thalang

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Another great sunrise view at the lake in Ban Thalang

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The bridge seen far away after I continued cycling towards Laksao

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Lifeless trees on the lake after passing through the bridge in Ban Thalang

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Part of the road condition from Ban Thalang to Laksao

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View on a small lake in Ban Thalang enroute to Laksao

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The distance to Laksao from Ban Thalang

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The road from Ban Thalang to Laksao

After few kilometres ride away from Ban Thalang, there wasn't a sight of any passing vehicles that I could get a hitch on to Laksao. The muddy red earth road was also yet to be sighted, so I continued my journey in the hope that the road condition may not be as bad. As I cycled on, a pick-up came to me and asked if I would like to get a lift to Laksao. I was more than happy to accept the driver's offer, who is transporting a bike to a village in Laksao. The road after Ban Thalang can be described as one of the most difficult stretch on the Thakhek Loop adventure. Most of the road situations were bumpy, narrow, dusty and the worst was on one part where the on-going road widening project which cut through a huge hill and forested area which resulted in the muddy red earth road condition which made worst during the rainy season. As I witnessed this with my own eyes, it would be definitely impossible for any vehicles to get through this road during the wet season. Even 4 wheel drive and pick-ups were facing with difficulty when trying to drive through these part of the road. It took the pick-up I was on for at least 10-15 minutes before the driver could finally managed to pull over his vehicle from the muddy and slippery red earth road. Excavators could be seen here which are used by the contractors to conduct the road widening project. Despite the road works, there are some beautiful landscapes from Ban Thalang to Laksao.

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My bike on the rear of the pick-up which provide a lift to Laksao from Ban Thalang

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The bike to be transported to Laksao from Ban Thalang on the pick-up which offer a lift to Laksao

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Nice sunrise view from Ban Thalang to Laksao

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Some of the dead trees along the road from Ban Thalang to Laksao

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The lake on the road from Ban Thalang to Laksao

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The road from Ban Thalang to Laksao which would be closed on certain time

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Dead trees seen on the road from Ban Thalang to Laksao

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Lake and dead trees from Ban Thalang to Laksao

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Red earth road stretch from Ban Thalang to Laksao

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The Ban Thalang-Laksao road started to deteriorate into red muddy earth condition

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The red earth road surface from Ban Thalang to Laksao

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Part of the muddy road from Ban Thalang to Laksao

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A minivan taxi facing difficulty to get through the muddy road at the Ban Thalang-Laksao route

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It took this pick-up to get through the muddy road from Ban Thalang to Laksao a good 10-15 minutes

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Excavator seen here on the road works at the Ban Thalang-Laksao route

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The road condition improved at the Ban Thalang-Laksao route after passing through the muddy stretch

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Green landscapes at the Ban Thalang-Laksao route

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Hills view on Ban Thalang-Laksao route in the early morning

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Great early morning view at the Ban Thalang-Laksao route

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Buffalo seen here on my journey from Ban Thalang to Laksao

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A village home at the Ban Thalang-Laksao route

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Open field landscape at Ban Thalang-Laksao route

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A river at the Ban Thalang-Laksao route

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The hills and rice fields at the Ban Thalang to Laksao route

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A hill and a house on the Ban Thalang-Laksao route

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Cows roaming the road at the Ban Thalang-Laksao route

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Arriving at Laksao from Ban Thalang

Posted by kidd27 10:22 Archived in Laos

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