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Laos

2.6 km (1.6 miles) NW of Ban Thin Thiang, Viangchan, Laos
Approx. altitude: 159 m (521 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 18°S 77°W

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: South from CP #3: West #4: North at the Point #5: GPS view #6: Fishing boats on the Mekong #7: Across the Mekong to Thailand

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  18°N 103°E (visit #3)  

#1: East at the CP

(visited by David Coombs)

30-Oct-2009 -- With a spare day during a week long visit to Laos I decided to visit the most convenient point - shame that it has been visited twice already but no time to get more adventurous and go for a new point.

As described before, the point lies a few hundred metres north of the Mekong in farmland, East of Vientiane.

I hired a 100cc motorbike for a half day from Europcar - 5 USD - and set off on the main road past the Friendship Bridge across to Thailand. The road soon becomes a dirt track and the remaining 20 kms ticked down rather slowly.

Just south of the point a small track led in to the fields and I was able to ride to within 200 metres of the point.

On the return it took a while to work out that fuel is sold from used plastic drinks bottles.

Back in time to join the Vientiane Hash for their weekly run.


 All pictures
#1: East at the CP
#2: South from CP
#3: West
#4: North at the Point
#5: GPS view
#6: Fishing boats on the Mekong
#7: Across the Mekong to Thailand
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
About 775 m from the bank of the Maè Nam Khong (Mekong) River, which is here forming the border to Thailand.