According to sources, the border will go fully international in December. Dear James, The border between Lao and Thailand in Muang Ngeun is going to be an international checkpoint in the end of this year (they say december 19th ...). Just for your information. The road between Hongsa and the border is although unpaved but good to ride and its just 46 km away from Hongsa. Bike import is a good question. more when I know or someone crosses!