Laos

I am a chronic traveller. You might find me in the cockpit of a sea kayak, hiking a backcountry trail, riding a wave, cycling single-track or riding a motorcycle on another adventure. I dream of becoming a freelance travel writer when I grow up, but for now I'm content living life to its fullest.

In Search of the Ho Chi Minh Trail - Offroad in southern Laos PDR

 

On the morning of November 16, 2016, my travel partner and I set out on a 2,100 km off-road motorcycle adventure in search of the Ho Chi Minh trail. We started and ended the great loop in Tha Kaek, southern Laos, and discovered a countryside full of genuine, generous people. Dozens of rivers introduced new ways of crossing, from narrow dugout canoes and rafts, to thigh deep failed attempts. The scenery was mind bending. There were literal and figurative ups and downs, the kind that never fail to create eternal memories.

The Map
The Map

The map, Garmin GPS and Google Map had numerous variations. With tenacity, there is always a way.

Departing Tha Khaek
Departing Tha Khaek
Hwy 13
Hwy 13

Near Vieng Thong, Bolikhamsai Province.

Hwy 8 East
Hwy 8 East

Heading east toward the Vietnam border.

Highway 8E, near Khounkham
Highway 8E, near Khounkham
Khounkham Market
Khounkham Market
near Konglor Village
near Konglor Village
near Konglor Village
near Konglor Village
Konglor Village
Konglor Village
Konglor Village
Konglor Village
Konglor Cave
Konglor Cave

Downriver access.

Konglor Cave
Konglor Cave

Upriver entry/exit after over 7.5km in the cave.

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