Today I went to the Lao border post at the Savannakhet "Friendship Bridge" to enquire whether I had to pay any fees to leave. To my great consternation I was told that (motor)bikes are not allowed on the bridge. They suggested this may be because the boss thinks there may be accidents and to load the bike onto a bus! The passenger ferries don't take bikes - I asked. They suggested I leave via Vientiane or Pakse. Tomorrow I'll try to cross the bridge anyway, seeing the first officer I spoke to didn't seem to know about the restriction. Failing that I'll try to hitch a ride on a pickup. Plan C is to ride down to Pakse, a 250 km detour. I was supposed to be on Koh Samui in 3 days' time... I know that you can't enter Laos via either of the two bridges, but wasn't aware that you can't leave, either. I'll keep you posted. There is no limit to the stupidity of unaccountable bureauprats. QED.