Am planning on a 2-3 week trip to Laos. I considered to use the trip suggestion as found on www.dirtbikeasia.com for Northern Laos. Then a friend who lived for 10 years in Laos and still works there in the community development area , suggested to go to Southern Laos ,because of safety issues and potential raod banditery in Northern Lao. What is the experience of all the frequent Lao travellers on this board? Is there really an unusual degree of danger ?