I rode across the Friendship Bridge today from Chiang Khong to Houei Xai. It was no real problem. Only money. The procedure 1. Clear Thai immigration first. Get your vehicle export approved. The fee for this is 200 baht, no receipt. 2. Thai immigration get your passport stamped out. 3. Thai Customs get your export papers done. 4. Arrange the Thai immigration escort vehicle - 500 baht. No receipt. 5. Ride across the bridge behind the Thai immigration car. On the Lao side 6. Laos Apply for a Lao visa. 7. Laos get your passport stamped in. 8. Lao police. Bo Keo police get your provincial vehicle travel permit approved. 200 baht. No receipt. 9. Lao customs. Get your import permit done. 100 baht 10. Get your AGL vehicle insurance from the building to the right of the customs - immigration. Upstairs 2nd floor. I paid 2100 Baht for 12 months maximum coverage. 1 month minimum is about 300 Baht. Enjoy, Laos is always good & any problems crossing are nearly always with "Officialdom" on the Thai side. All the bridges are free except, Chiang Khong. Come on guys at Chiang Khong, wake up to yourselves... You're giving Chiang Khong a bad name.