It's coming to time for me to get my multi-entry from Savannakhet, rather than fly up and waste days sitting waiting for passports and flights, I thought I would take the Versys and explore the regions north of Savannakhet. I have toured the Bolivian plateaux - Champasak over 10 years ago, I can remember lots of waterfalls and find that its probably not worth revisiting them, although very beautiful. Does anyone have a suggested route or area, I would enter at Pakse and looks like I could be in Sav by lunchtime - So really, the worlds my oyster. One thing that would restrict me is funds - I remember staying in some right old dumps in the days before "travelfish" and the dawn of the iPhone, usually workmans and traveling salesmans guesthouses. Has anyone found reliable method for finding camping grounds in Laos, is it worth taking a tent / sleeping bag ? If I was in Thailand, I would probably look towards places like national parks or forestry commission land, my Thai / Laos is pretty good, maybe its a good way to meet folks. I have spent many an evening with a bottle of whisky and park staff. Im thinking, the less I spend on accommodation, the more I can spend on petrol and head further north. Next - Petrol - I remember some hairy moments where I was riding on fumes trying to find a petrol station, I really don't want to attach a petrol can to my top-box and drag around the extra weight .. or should I ? I don't intend being so far off the beaten track. Headights - Is it still mandatory to switch them off ? If so, should I worry .. I'm not the kind of guy who pulls over when a policeman waves me to the side - but if it saves me a few kip i could consider pulling the fuse on the headlights or sliding some card behind the headlight guard. I would be grateful of any help .. I'm sure the answers are already here, I need to spend a few days trawling.