As we were trundling along the Lao border in Nan province today we checked out a couple of the local-only border crossings. Ban Huak (Phayao province), the only one marked on my Berndtson map as a border crossing, is still locals only. However, a customs officer at the western Huai Kon crossing told us that it will operate as an international crossing from 19th December. He couldn't tell us about visa on arrival in Laos, though. I got the impression, however, that the Lao side might not be international. To be checked out by somebody else later. (My entry expires a few days before the magic date.) Does anybody know about the state of the roads on the other side?