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Local stuff

Me & d Mrs will b in Vientiane on june 13 & leaving on 16th. We`re interested in local food, way of life n "off the beaten path" sights. Any suggestions from anyone?

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This is a very broad ask by you. What do you mean by "way of life"?

A few places worth eating at:

Kua Laos for high quality Laos food. Tamnak Laos is not bad, though not as good as the formerly mentioned.

Chez Philipe, a newly opened French restaurant with really excellent food, on the floor above the Phimphone mini mart opposite Kob Jai Der.

Apart from the usual suspects like the Morning Market, the Hmong market and the new Chinese market, Buddha Park is worth a visit, as are a number of the Wats. Tad Laung, the Kaysone Phomivane museum, the National Museum, etc etc.

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The best place for local food (Lao food as opposed to imported thai/chinese/french etc) is the Lao food night market near Heng Boun Road, about 10 minutes walk from the central Nam Phou fountain. There are about 20 stalls selling a wide variety of Lao staples - sticky rice, bamboo soup, fried/boiled/BBq chicken, fried/steamed river fish stuffed with lemongrass, many types of jao (usually spicy dip for rice)and a variety of greens. It is cheap and is very popular with lao families between 6-8pm.

There's not much off the beaten track around Vientiane - but most visitors stay around the river - so if you get bikes and look around the other 95% of the town north of patuxai monument you will find some more "local" noodle shops, BBQ shops and beer bars.

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Thanks for the info., much appreciated. Sorry to have sounded vague, I meant I would like to see n learn about the local average laotian people- their way of life, what is the children and adults favourite pass times, local festivals etc.

Since Asean Games will be held in Vientiane in Dec., how are preparations coming along?

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Yup, many thanks, dats the local, local food thats interesting. We shall certainly venture around. I suppose cars are driven on the left-side of the road? When cycling around, do cars n bike give way to you as cyclists?

Is it acceptable give sweets & writing materials to children that you might meet?

Whats the weather currently like?

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"When cycling around, do cars n bike give way to you as cyclists?"

Is that a serious question? This is Laos, the rule of the road is the biggest wins. We drive on the right, of course, having been a French colony.

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By the way, Kua Laos DOES serve local food. It is just good quality, and not just from Vienatiane, but from Laos as a whole. I think it might be hard to get

or lam at the night market, lol.

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I'm not a local but I did live in Laos in the mid-nineties and I think it's probably still true to say it isn't a good idea to give Lao children sweets. Dental care was non-existent when I was there, and many Lao parents didn't really understand how harmful it was for your child to have a mouth full of rotten teeth. Some of the children I knew ate loads of sweets and had terrible teeth that gave them pain.

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Thanks for the reminder! Besides a mouthful of rotting teeth, they may have adverse reactions to some of the ingredients. I recall reading a report of the UNDP where milk biscuits were given to children and they all had diarrhoea. They were not used to milk in the biscuit! Yup, got to be mindful of that.

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Ah...., so the biggest n meanest machines on the roads rule, something like in Thailand! Ok, will remember that. But in China, if you knock a cyclist, you`re in deep trouble.

Ok, thanks, will keep Kau Laos in mind. Oh, any poor comments/feedbacks heard about the Aroon Residence Hotel?

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