I'm planning a trip with about 4 friends starting from CM going into Laos crossing at Chiang Khong. Our deepest penetration and/or turn around point will be Muang Sing. Trying to figure out a loop returning to Chiang Khong without having to backtrack on the same roads. Two options I can roughly see are trying to head to Muang Meung/Xieng-Kok/Mueng Sing than returning the traditional Luang Namtha route back to Chiang Khong. After reading this thread: http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorc ... t4832.html It looks like there is no road and you have to take a boat to get to Xieng-Kok and perhaps after that the road is dusting ??? The other option is heading to Muang Sing going through Luang Namtha and from Muang Sing head to Oudom Xai/Muang Beng/Pak Beng/??? I did this second route up to Pak Beng in my truck, but at Hongsa headed due south ending eventually in Vientianne. So although I read that you can cross back into Thailand at Muang Nguen/Huay Kon I am unfamiliar with the section between Pak Beng and Muang Nguen. Can someone enlighten me about this section and what option is the better one ??? Also any updates on the border crossing for my second option would be great !