will be bicycling from bangkok to nakhom phanom, then a bit of riding in laos during the upcoming spring festival, jan-feb 2015. would like to get up into the hills for a bit. planning to ride lak sao-nakai-mahaxai. have read a few blogs on crazyguyonabike. this part seems simple enough - some hills, some rough dirt, guesthouse in thaleung. but i'm also considering continuing south from mahaxai-vilabury-xepon. is this doable in jan/feb? is there any lodging along the way? i'd rather not carry a tent, and it's not a one-day ride on a mountain bike. i have the gt-rider map which shows 2 routes between panam and vilabury. the northern route goes via bualapha, and the southern route via xaybuathong. i've seen this post by moto-rex where he rides both routes over two days, staying in vilabury. http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/showthread.php/36399-Thakhek-Vilabury-Thakhek-Loop hoping to learn more........ --any more recent info, how are the roads and water crossings now? --is there any lodging in bualapha or xaybuathong? --any shops/stalls in villages along the way selling food or water? --am i nuts to even want to try this on a bicycle? any info would be appreciated!