I was originally planning to ride from Huay Xai to Vientiane, but now I am going to do the north of Laos with a friend. Then I will have a week, beginning in Vientiane, to go anywhere and do anything. I've read a lot of reports here but none of them give me a route I'd really like to do- though have been great in other areas. This will be in August- are there any (easy to medium difficulty) "dirt" roads in Central Laos that are still rideable during the wet? Right now I only know I want to visit "Tham Kong Lo". My Lonely Planet book for Laos talks about a Central Laos loop that sounds interesting, but I would like your thoughts (is it even doable in the wet season?): -From Tha Khaek head east on 12 (visiting caves and swimming spots) -Head north on 8B (eight-b). Then after 16km you pass the route 12 turn-off to Vientiane and then pass the camp for the NT2 dam before reaching Nyommalat. -6kms further on up a bumpy road, at the top of a hill the road splits at a busy village called Ban Oudomsouk- go straight for 3kms and then you will reach Nakai and then Ban Tha Long. -17kms on to Lak Sao -Take route 8 from Lak Sao to Ban Khoun Kham (from where I can check out the river that runs through the cave- Tham Kong Lo. -From Ban Khoun Kham I can go back to Tha Khaek and then head on the 13 back to Vientiane. Any thoughts, links etc would be appreciated. Thank you!! Shane.