I'm back in Namtha, with network access. I'm feeling a bit wrecked from the ride here, but am otherwise doing quite well. Muang Long continues to not disappoint. This time there were a few westerners in town. But there were also 15 'Akka' and 'Lao Who' hill tribe men and women were in town, being trained in some basic medical care, sanitation, etc. They spoke no english, and barely any Lao, but the women were in the room next to mine, and we all ended up all sitting out and drinking (from a fuel can filled with Lao moonshine, among other things) and making merry. I've got tons of photos. They'll be up shortly.