I'm planning a trip over to Nong Khai next week. I would really appreciate a road report from someone local. Is the route over the mountains, from Dan Sai to Mueang Loei, passable at this time of year? Which way would you recommend to go from Uttaradit to Nong Khai? The routes through the national park areas look beautiful but are they passable on a sports bike during the rainy season? Folks in Chiang Mai are telling me to put off the trip until after the rainy season. Only, I've got to spend a couple of weeks in Vientiane, and a throttle hand as itchy as chicken pox.