Road Condition Update : Route 11 & Route 4 in Central Laos

A village in Laos

Date : January 2015

Traveling from Vientiane to Xanakham over route 11 along the Mekong River (138 Km)
  • The first 60 km is in perfect condition and easy to drive or ride.
  • The next 30 km the road changes to tarmac in less good condition, still easy to drive or ride. The next 30 km the road changes to a gravel road in good condition, still easy to drive or ride. The last 18 km is still a gravel road in good condition, although a bit less wide and more curves. And with some very steep parts in it. Still good to drive or ride, but not so easy anymore. You could even consider if driving a 4WD car would be better. In the rainy season this part might be not accessible.
Traveling from Xanakham to Pak Lay over route 11 (72 km)
Although a bit small road, the all road is in good condition (good tarmac everywhere). The road goes thru a mountain area with curves to a max. altitude of about 700m. Easy to drive or ride. But be aware that you will have to use a ferry to cross the Mekong River to Pak Lay. It is a big ferry that can handle about 10 cars at once.

Traveling from Pak Lay to Thali border-crossing over route 4 (70 Km).
The all route is in perfect condition (good tarmac everywhere). Easy to drive or ride.

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