Subject: Warden Message: Reported Fighting and Troop Movement Near Vang Vieng Laos – Warden Message Reported Fighting and Troop Movement Near Vang Vieng February 17, 2007 Multiple sources, including other embassies in Laos, report one or more incidents of fighting involving Lao , as well as sightings of increased movements underway by Lao Government forces, in the area of Vang Vieng in northernVientiane Province on or about February 7, 2007. At the present time, the Embassy urges U.S. citizens to use caution when traveling in and around the area of Vang Vieng and recommends against travel by any form of ground transportation north from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. U.S. Embassy personnel are currently prohibited from undertaking personal travel by ground transportation north of Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang, along Route 13 and contiguous roadways. U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to consult the Consular Information Sheet for Laos, and on the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet Web site located at http://travel.state.gov., where the Worldwide Caution, Public Announcements, and Travel Warnings can also be found. Up to date information on security can also be obtained by calling the Department of State toll-free at 1-888-407-4747, or, if calling from overseas, 1-202-501-444. These numbers are available fro 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Americans in Laos are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s travel registration web site, https://travelregistratio n.state.gov.