The crossing from Mukdahan in Thailand to Savannkhet over the friendship bridge for a motorcycle is still not possible. I was there September 28 and was told the only way to get my bike across would be in the back of a pick up. Mukdahan in Thailand has an agreement with Savannkhet in Laos not to let motorcycles across the friendship bridge this was told to me by customs when I tried to go across the bridge on my Kawasaki Z800. To do the visa in Savannkhet I had to catch the bus across the bridge and get a Tut tut into Savannkhet. After visiting the embassy which is open 9am to 11 am you leave your passport there and you can pick it up with your new visa the next day between 2pm and 4pm. After a nights stay in Savannkhet at a nice hotel called Hunghueng Hotel and a good look around this old town which is a French styled town it was back to the Thai Embassy. Then a tut tut back to the bridge and a bus back over the friendship bridge and back to the hotel where I left my bike. It's Ashame you cannot cross the bridge at this stage but there is no plans at present to let motorcycles across this bridge at the present time.