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Thakhek Loop Adventure Day 3 (Part 2)

sunny 37 °C

To put it simply, Laksao is not a town with good infrastructure as of now. Parts of the road in the town was dusty due to reason these roads yet to paved in full though there was a bank observed here. The town is somewhat distinctive as it isArriving laksao after a rough ride on a pick up, I cycled for few kilometres uptown looking for the place where I could board the "songtheaw" (pick-up taxi with double long bench opposite each other) to get to Nahin. My plan was actually to cycled all the way from Laksao to Nahin and then from Nahin, I would continue my journey to Konglor Cave. Due to uncertain information on the road condition (blame it to lack of thorough research on the loop road condition), I decided to hop on to the songtheaw to get to Nahin. I later found out that the road from Laksao to Nahin was an easy ride down hill on most of the stretch and this was where I saw the most foreigners on their bicycles, perhaps from elsewhere like the hotsprings, north of Laksao. Whereas in the most difficult circuits, I did not noticed these fellow riders, so I just figure out why. In fact, in most part of the road covered from Thakhek town to road 12 onwards to road 1E up to Ban Thalang, I could not noticed any of them even those caves located off road 12.

As I cycled towards the Laksao town centre, I asked around on where was the songtheaw station located and I was pointed to the Laksao dry market, which has an open parking space for minivan taxi, minibus and songtheaws as well as a covered motorbike parking area. There are basically 2 types of taxi service, one which is the air-conditioned minivan taxi while the other is the songtheaw. Songtheaw also doubles as good transport agent, where apart from passengers, it will also transport goods for traders to its customers from one town to the other. The songtheaw fare as I was charged ranged between 30,000 to 40,000. I was charged additional 5,000 kip for my bike which would be placed on top of the songtheaw roof tied with a rope on a metal rack attached on the roof of the songtheaw. This was a kind of different experience to me though the whole journey may not be comfortable due to the extreme hot weather and the dusty road condition at times. However, travel in a variety of ways when on a journey like this added much fun and distinction to how one gets from one place to another when on holiday or adventure. Though this is a biking tour, one cannot deny the fact that things can be done in variety of ways to suit the conditions of the travel situations. I was also hoping that I could complete the loop within 4 days, so getting on a songtheaw would help to achieve my target.

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Cycling a few kilometres uptown after arrival at Laksao from Ban Thalang

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A wat along the road to Laksao town

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The road in Laksao town and its surroundings

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A bank in Laksao town

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Laksao is surrounded by limestone hills

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The quiet road at Laksao town

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Laksao dry market

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The open parking space at Laksao market

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The motorbike parking area at Laksao market

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A motorcycle shop in Laksao

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The songtheaw which I board to get from Laksao to Nahin. The bike was tied on the roof of the vehicle on a metal rack

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My luggage inside the songtheaw

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The driver loading goods into the songtheaw

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Waiting to pick up more passengers at the Laksao bus station

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One of the road condition from Laksao to Nahin

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Some of the landscapes from Laksao to Nahin

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The road from Laksao to Nahin

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Arriving at Nahin from Laksao

Posted by kidd27 02:36 Archived in Laos

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