http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/10Jan2007_news16.php TRANSPORT / MUKDAHAN-SAVANNAKHET SERVICE Buses using new bridge to Laos The Transport Co has begun operating regular bus services over the new Mekong river bridge linking Mukdahan and Savannakhet province in Laos. The second Thai-Lao Friendship bridge was officially opened on Dec 20, but opened for regular traffic yesterday. Wuthichart Kallayanamit, acting president of the state-owned company, said the service is being run jointly with the Lao state bus firm. The one-way fare for the 17 kilometre trip on board a 45-seat air-conditioned bus is 45 baht. The bus will make eight to 12 trips a day from 7am to 5.30pm, departing from the Mukdahan and Savannakhet bus terminals, with a stop at the foot of the bridge. Passengers must carry a passport and pay 10 baht each for the border crossing. The Transport Co has been operating international bus services from Udon Thani and Nong Khai to Vientiane over the first Thai-Lao Friendship bridge since April 2004. A passenger service between Ubon Ratchathani and Pakse township in the southern Lao province of Champassak started early last year. A fifth route will open soon, Luang Prabang-Nan-Chiang Mai, said Mr Wuthichart. Hhmm? So the big question is can you ride across on a bike from Thailand into Laos?