Driving from Loei to Luang Prubang-Road conditions

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Driving from Loei to Luang Prubang-Road conditions

Postby mhortig » Sun Jul 05, 2015 5:48 am

We plan to drive to Luang Prubang. We will cross the border at the Nam Hueng, near Tha Li in Loei. Has anyone driven this route recently?.

-What are the road conditions? We will be driving a Yaris.
-From my research it appears that in the past there were unpaved sections. Is the road fully paved now?
-Is the bridge over the Mekong finished yet?
-We are thinking of going in July, but that is rainy season. Would the rain make the roads impassable?

My Thai wife is a very capable, safe driver, but any first hand information would be useful to decide if we should make the trip.
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Re: Driving from Loei to Luang Prubang-Road conditions

Postby StephanieG » Thu Jan 14, 2016 7:36 am

There are 2 ways you can go now from this crossing to LP.
- There is a new road from the Lao border town at the Thali crossing, heading east following the Mekong all the way to Vientiane. From here you can take the usual route to LP on highway 13 north via Vang Vieng.
- Alternatively, you head straight north from the Thali/Kenethao border post via Paklai to Sayaboury and on to LPQ. This road is fine, the Sayaboury to LP stretch having been improved.

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