After riding Minsk in Vietnam with Digby and the boys, we flew to Vientiane and rented Baja 250's from PVO. Thanks, David, for your help, advise and especially your outstanding Laos map. All your suggestions for riding routes, guest houses & eateries were right on. Enjoyed meeting you for breakfast at the Scandian Bakery. Also, your buddy Stan www.laophoto.com was very helpful & a great guy. The Laos ride was a true adventure, no safety issues & your map is very accurate. The boat ride on the Mekong from Luang Prabang is a must, the slow boat, not the fast noisy ones. Who would not enjoy the Night Market in L.P. It's hard to beleive but the hospital at Phonsavan came in very handy when Rudy, my riding buddy, had a major reaction from a bee sting. The doctor, nurses, administrator & pharmacy took good care of Rudy (total cost was $.87 for services & perscription). Really it was less that $1.00 US dollar. Also the guest house at Phou Koun, 2nd story room with view?? was $3.00 a night with wall to wall bed (small room) & the bathroom down the hall had unlimited water for showers & toilet, a ladle in a 55 gallon drum of water. My wife, riding her own Baja, had a ball. After riding bikes to all the corners of the earth, we are heading back to Laos in Jan 2006. Thanks David & hope to see you again in Chaing Mae.