Laos Public Announcement May 24, 2007 This Public Announcement is being issued to update American citizens about continuing security concerns in northern Laos. Sporadic clashes and military movements in northern Vientiane Province were reported in March and April. This Public Announcement supersedes the Public Announcement dated February 23, 2007 and expires on August 23, 2007. The U.S. Embassy in Laos continues to receive reports from multiple sources of sporadic fighting between Lao Government forces and unidentified opponents and of increased movements by Lao Government forces in the area of Vang Vieng in northern Vientiane Province beginning around February 7. The Embassy received similar reports in March and April. The U.S. Embassy continues to urge U.S. citizens to exercise caution in and around the area of Vang Vieng and recommends against any ground travel north from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. U.S. Embassy personnel are prohibited from undertaking personal travel by ground transportation north of Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang, along Route 13 and contiguous roadways. I was surprised to see this today. This area has had clashes with Hmong before but I haven't heard anything for quite some time, except for one incident late last year. In fact it wasn't long ago I was arguing on a message board that I felt it totally safe to travel this area. Sounds like the Laos may be trying to round up the Hmong again, but that is purely speculation on my part. How about it Craypot? Any info??