Two photos of my motorbike trip in Laos from Sayaboury (also written as Xaignabouli, Xaignabouri, Xayaboury, Sayabouli, Sayabouri) to Hongsa. This road is route 4A and it is about 83 km. And about 40 km of that goes thru steep ever-green mountains with small hill-tribes villages along the road. I assume that it is this route that the new bus-service from Nan to Luang Prabang will take.
This part of Laos is part of Nan district, that once was a kingdom together was we now call Nan province in Thailand. For more about my motorbike trip see On the motorbike from Khon Kaen to Nan