Yes it seems to be the best, makes a great funnel for re fueling the beast, yes, Dave it was worth the extra 0.75 baht per map to get it plastic coated , I just wish Gecko would do the same with the Cambodian one, I have to buy a new one every time I need to refuel in the bush.(well maybe it was the red wine).
I am currently on a 4-6 week mapping expedition with David in Laos. When we left Chiang Mai about 2 weeks ago guess who had to stop in the store and BUY the Laos map because he forgot his? (Give you a hint, it wasn't me!).
Ever notice that "What the Heck!" is usually the right answer?
Yep I'll put my hands up for that one. I like to call it supporting the local economy & my map sellers. They also get a kick out of it - buying my own maps & some of the GT Rider get a chance to wind me up on the message board!
Now when you catch up to me in Pakxe I'll need to borrow your Laos guide book to photocopy a couple of pages for new areas that I am a bit rusty on, as I've never been there before!
Not much chance of buying a map in the US unless you can get a 2nd hand one.
Best bet is to pick one up in Vientiane.
Map is available at Wildside Intenational, Taipan Hotel, Kopchaideu Pub, PVO, the mini post office next to Lao Paris Hotel (next to PVO.)
Plus quite a few other joints around town.
Should not be a problem to score one.
If you're desperate wait until I get back to Chiang Mai & I will mail you one, - once I’ve got your money, but bank transfer fees will be more than the map costs!
Hope this is a help.