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Asia » Laos » West » Muang Houn February 11th 2018

Saturday afternoon, we leave Pakse feeling we have made the most of our time here. Taking a photo of our airport transfer vehicle, a beautifully painted Tuk-Tuk, not that flash truck pictured next to it! A quirky 20minutes run, which we shared with a French couple whose destination was Vientiane, same plane, different destination. Very small airport, all formalities completed within minutes and we're up and landed in Savannakhet in 35 minutes, both agreeing that it is our shortest ever flight. On arrival, the weather is sunny and very warm. Not having booked onward travel to downtown Savannakhet, we take up an offer from a little old toothless guy, holding the hand of a young boy, no older than 5yrs, the most unlikely-looking taxi touts, but touts they were indeed. Asking for a cheeky 70,000 kip ... read more
Tuk Tuk waiting outside our hotel for airport transfer
Cute Pakse Airport
Sun setting on our hotel terrace

Asia » Laos » West » Muang Houn March 19th 2009

In trying to get more insights about what differentiates the cuisine in Laos from Thai food, I hit a little goldmine of information on my first full day in Luang Prabang (solo since Courtney had left for her overnight trek). The goldmine's name was Tamarind Cafe and I found it to be so delightful and informative that I knew I had to take Courtney there when she got back. A Laos man and Australian woman started the little restaurant and also offer family-style dinners on Friday nights and cooking lessons. The menu is really nicely done and provides a good first exposure to traditional dishes, as well as helpful cultural information about the country. The following information comes mostly from that menu, along with a few of my own observations. Traditionally, all Laos dishes are eaten ... read more
Mekong riverweed chips
Close-up Mekong riverweed chips
close-up of rice crackers drying




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