The US embassy has just upgraded their warnings for travel on the road between Kasi and Luang Prabang . Historically this has been an at times dangerous stretch, but a couple of recent attacks, along with attacks seemingly aimed at Chinese labour in Xaisomboun province, are very concerning.
The important part of the warning says (my bold):
The Embassy has prohibited official travel on Road 13 from Km 220 north of Kasi in Vientiane province to Km 270 at the Phou Khoun junction in Luang Prabang province because of the unpredictable nature of the violence and the lack of official information regarding possible motives or a Lao government response. The attacks have killed one and injured nine. The attacks are occurring simultaneously with the ongoing violence in Xaisomboun province, which prompted the Embassy to restrict all official travel to that province as well. This Travel Alert supersedes the February 11, 2016, Travel Alert concerning Xaisomboun province and it expires on May 30, 2016.
You can read the full alert here.
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Someone shot up the Kunming/Vientiane bus yesterday, Lao social media is all over it.http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-china-laos-shooting-idUKKCN0WQ05L
It happened close to,, , you guessed it, Kasi.
On March 31, the US Department of State has elevated its warning to now include what is commonly referred to as "the new road" between Kasi and Luang Prabang . This means that the embassy now has alerts on all routes between Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng. See full message here:
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