The U.S. Embassy in Vientiane advises against travel to Xieng Khouang province, including the Plain of Jars, because of credible reports of violent incidents there. From time to time the Lao government restricts travel to parts of the province, and travelers on Route 7 and in Muang Khoune and Paxai districts are susceptible to banditry.

Another bomb exploded in Vientiane, this one on a bus in the heart of the city. Some analysts feel the unprecedented series of bombings has more to do with the uneven distribution of wealth than any sort of insurgency.