Just got back from a trip to Laos and was down at Pak Lay. Took the boat down to Vientiane but now the question is, is there a direct (new) road via Xanamkhan? Here the facts: - saw the bus to Pak Lay on the way out of Vientiane at north bus station. Thought this thing does a real detour going almost to LP, was surprised there is a direct bus. - In Pak Lay when telling tuk-tuk driver he's asking me if I would take bus or boat to Vientiane. - talked to other tuk-tuk driver while waiting for boat. He mentioned song thaews to Namheung Thai border, Thnongmixay. Then he mentioned 'we even have songthaew to... (think he said Xamnamkhan, but not 100% sure). - had talked to a civil ingeneer day before who mentioned that hydro plant near Pak Lay is in the pipeline and infrastructure is being build. Now as soon as we left by boat, about 5 minutes downriver at the most, there were two car ferries (similar to those at Tha Deua near Sayabuli, but looked newer, brand new paint job at least). And trucks and cars lining up on the Pak Lay side, about half a dozen of them. (Bus was supposed to leave bus station around 09.00 but wasn't there...yet maybe; thought they might start the first ferry run across with that bus and whatever other vehicles are there by then). Now did a search but found nothing so far; does anybody know of a new/improved road link via Xannamkhan to Vientiane? It seemed no sense to have those two large ferries there just to serve a few small villages across the river and I think that that fellow tuk-tuk driver said 'xannamkhan'... Any info appreciated! Cheers all!