Visas are somewhat random here. Sometimes it's easy to get a 3 month B visa and others they want to trickle through at 30 days at a time. Perhaps it is revenue generation to get the US$30 from me as often as they can for the visa processing?
Whatever the actual machinations I have to leave Laos in the next 10 days or so, so a weekend in Thailand seems like a perfect thing for me. Even better, MMG will reimburse me the base costs of the trip. I've managed to wangle a car with driver for the weekend, plus nice hotel with breakfast and wi-fi included for about $230. That's a pretty good package deal I reckon and I can swan about northern Thailand like the cashed up bogan Falang I am.
Anyone know anything about Udon Thani?