i]Sorry for my low english. [/i] I went with my Europ girfriend and 2 bikes from Vang Vien via Tha Heua to Xaysoumboun and than to Phonsawan. Started at 9.00 and arrived at 17.45. 270 km. 20 km behind Tha Heua to Xaysoumboun is now a check point. Its not allowed for farangs to ride there anymore. My girlfriend saw the 2 guys who want to stop her but she passed them. I talk with them 20 minutes after than I moved the same way to Xaysomboun. Later I hered you need a permit from a travel agancy to go this way. In Vientiane you can get it but you have to book a rafting trip. ???? Now I saw that the road from Xaysomboun to road 13 come out in Tabok is finished. I check this road now on monday. A new guesthouse opend after 80 km behind Tha Heua. The road from Xaysomoun to Phonsawan is the best road I ever saw in Laos. Absolutly beautyful but sometimes not so easy. The greatest is a swimming low bamboo brigde over a big river by Tha Viang. Big bullshit I fall in the fresh cold water. ( deep river) I m to heavy and the brigde was broken. Good luck for me that some Lao boys holded my bike. Fun for the Lao people but not for me the ride to Phonsawan was my coldest trip in Asia. Attention. The popular restaurant and Bar Kop Chei Deu in Vientiane is now a real Gaybar. Last night and the night before we saw many Farang and Lao Gays there. People who like Katoys too find here a lot of them. I think that is not a nice place anymore. But this is oly my mind. Up to you but not for m, thanks. [8D] Not for heavy people.