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.