Decided to delay the trip to Laos slight.
Taking the afternoon bus back to Chiang Mai - will go to a top notch hosptial there, have things eyed up, and then will head to the border the next morning/afternoon.
This means i'll be delayed by 2 days..
I really really really don't want to be on the road during the new year - as i'll get attacked and covered in water by everyone I see. It's not good. So by the 12th, I need to be sitting somewhere (hopefully a hammock) and not moving.