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Posted date:  February 26, 2010

 Sticky rice, grilled chicken, papaya salad and a dip of grilled chilies, Vientiane, Laos

I’m updating the next edition of Lonely Planet’s Laos guide, and have based myself in Vientiane, that country’s capital. I’ve rented a colonial-era shophouse strategically located within walking distance from an excellent Lao restaurant, a traditional Lao sauna, the city’s evening market, two very good French bakeries and the tam maak hung stall illustrated above. I’ll most likely in Laos for the better part of the next three months, and you can look forward to dispatches on the places mentioned above, and more.

7 Comments for Laos!

If you are in Laos that long, you should really get in touch with some locals and ask for tips. The food recommendations in LP are pretty poor and out of date.

I’ve been an avid reader of your blog and will be keeping my eyes out for any posts while in Laos. I haven’t been back since immigrating to the US and would be interested in places you travel, people you meet, overall atmosphere and impression. I’d be interested in lodging recommendations also. Keep it up!

Try Le Vendome French restaurant. The steak – local, but properly butchered, so not tough – is fab. I cheekily asked for ‘bleu’, & the waiter didn’t even blink – that’s what I got! And the prices are not too high. It was recommended to me as the best French restaurant by a French expat, & I have to agree. It’s in a nice old bungalow, about 10 minutes from the fountain.

Also, the local organic ‘fair trade’ coffee beans are well worth trying. They even have Blue Mountain.

That’s fantastic, congratulations! I can’t wait to check out the guide when it comes out. The dining section is sure to get a significant boost.

I’ve always been intrigued by Laotian food and culture! Look forward to the guide!

How did you find a place to rent? Did you find it on the web or upon arriving?

Yeah, also intrigued how you managed to rent a colonial-era shophouse.

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