A Laos food and travel blog
This blog was written during 2015-2018, and is currently no longer updated.
Got a hankering for authentic and truly tasty Thai food in Vientiane? Then you’ll want to visit the 3 Merchants.
The Jungle House is a wonderful, relaxed, weekend bed and breakfast… without even leaving Vientiane!
A mere 5 hours drive from Vientiane are amazing karsts of Khammouane. And inside them is a very special cave that’s only accessible by boat…
A visit to the Laos Buffalo Dairy is a must do in Luang Prabang for the WHOLE family. Here's why...
If you're travelling north in Laos, a visit to the mysterious Plain of Jars is a must.
Love your vino? Here's where to buy the best international wines in Vientiane to satisfy any wine snob.
The annual Elephant Festival in Xaignabouri - a fantastic morning of culture, celebration and of course, beautiful Lao elephants!
Gourmet Italian pizza and pasta are in the neighbourhood!
On a quiet spot of Quai Fa Ngum in downtown Vientiane sits the chic and creative Cabana.
Every year, a dedicated team of Dutch dental medics visit Laos to treat patients free of charge. This year, I was part of the WIG Laos volunteer team that supported them.
Sightseeing on the Chao Praya river while feasting on delicious Thai food? That's my kind of Bangkok experience!
It's Asia's top restaurant, where mysterious purees and exotic Indian spices meet and fall in love. So, is Gaggan worth the hype?
For a healthy, wholesome and delicious lunch, look no further than Spoon & Fox!
The annual WIG Bazaar is the biggest international charity event in Laos. But it's more than just a big day out. Here's why it's special...
A visit to Chiang Mai in Thailand means temples, markets, shopping, and of course, delicious Thai food.
Down a street you've passed a 1,000 times is a culinary gem you won't want to miss again!
Just a short drive outside Vientiane, the Lao Lake House makes for a relaxed weekend getaway.
Get spooked on Friday 13th October with the Lao thriller, Dearest Sister. Watch it under the stars at our charity screening!
The new ATMO restaurant downtown blends a chic bar vibe with casual French dining.
Hankering for some Tex Mex in Vientiane? The new Gringos restaurant is the place for you. And bring the kids!
There are a lot of cats in Laos. They live by their wits on the street. It's a little different at our house...
Need more carbs in your life? Eat your fill of Italian-Lao fusion at the State of Pasta in downtown Vientiane.
Hop aboard a river cruise on the Mekong River in the north and see the real Laos!
The new Azerai Hotel Bistro is gathering fans, and here's why you should be one of them.
My take on the best foodie experiences in Luang Prabang - prepare your stomach!
Welcome to Vientiane's first crêperie!
Fancy travelling by train from Vientiane to Bangkok? There's a new overnight express train that's well worth it. All aboard!
I've done the hard yards for you and found the best spa and massage treatments in Vientiane. Enjoy!
Do you love chocolate? Hells, yeah! Then you have to visit Vientiane's first (and only) chocolate shop. Stat.
Can you ever have too many rainbows? I think not.
Visiting Singapore with kids? You won't be short on things to do. Here are my top picks...
If you’re going to visit a kids’ wonderland park like Legoland in Malaysia, go when it’s low season, a school day, and preferably about to bucket down with rain too. It's awesome.
take a peek inside Laos's fascinating world of hand woven textiles at the Lao Textile Museum.
The Bowl combines two things I love - Japanese food and simplicity. In a bowl.
Over the Lao-Thai border, there is a lake of extraordinary beauty. Hop aboard the tourist boat trail...
The Interplast medical team are back in Vientiane, performing life-changing surgeries at downtown Mahosot Hospital.
Doi Ka Noi has moved and its new garden restaurant is gorgeous. And edible.
Love to start the weekend with a leisurely brunch? Me too! Here's where you'll find the best brunch and breakfast spots in Vientiane.
Craving a blue cheese burger? You'll want to head to Vientiane favourite, Sputnik Burger.
Love the thought of a rich coconut curry or a cool mango lassi on a hot Vientiane day? You're in luck.
Head to southern Laos for languorous boating, bicycling, buffalo-spotting, waterfalls, and the occasional dolphin.
One the great treasures of Laos is the Khmer ruins of Wat Phu, a must see in southern Laos.
The beautiful Champsak province in southern Laos is the perfect Boat Racing hideaway.
Bring your confetti (and your appetite) - the new French Patisserie Jeremy Herzog is worth celebrating!
The beautiful Houey Hong centre in Vientiane creates exquisite handwoven Lao silks and cottons. Go and make one for yourself!
The 2-year old Senglao cafe fuses Asian food with Western culture. The result is pretty special.
It's finally upon us - the ASEAN East Asian Summit is about to begin here in Laos. The city is ready. Looking good, Vientiane.
The best vegetarian lunch in town? It's certainly worth checking out.
Take a wander in downtown Vientiane to find all the cutest cafes...
Ma Te Sai, the beautiful Fair Trade handicraft store from Luang Prabang, is now in Vientiane!
In Vientiane with young kids? Here are Vientiane's best play cafes so they can run around while you chillax with a coffee...
Laos' beautiful silk weaving industry in the famed Ock Pop Tok, Luang Prabang
If you like your coffee served with a side of chic, you'll love the Coffee Bar in downtown Vientiane.
A new side of Vientiane AND mango coconut pancakes at Rays Capitol Grille
it's not everyday that you experience Shakespeare in Vientiane, and in Lao.
Tucked inside this unassuming gallery is some of the best Lao coffee in Vientiane.
In southern climes, it's truffle season. Here's how to find truffles in the ground, and in Vientiane.
Generosity and community spirit in Vientiane in times of crisis.
Last night our neighbours' homes went up in flames. This is what happened.
Sweets for your sweet tooth at Vientiane's first downtown donut shop.
Organic tea, rice, jams and other Lao produce right in the heart of Vientiane.
At Lao Pi Mai visit the temples for an intense and colourful cultural experience.
Take to the streets at Pi Mai and see a different side of Laotians.
Lao Pi Mai is right around the corner and that means a whole lot of water...
Want something meaty on your plate? You've come to the right place.
To market! It's the Lao way with every meal.
Stop in, have a cup of coffee and smell the roses.
Well, look at that! I've written an exposé on myself.
The sun, the sand, the sea. It must be Thailand.
Paddock to plate: Goat farming in the UXO lands of rural Laos.
In a little Lao street, there's a traditional Lao streetfood, no fuss, no muss.
Paddock to plate: How to farm mushrooms in rural Laos.
Random, cute and quirky - this is what pop ups should be
The chic and cheerful Coco & Co. is another tick on Vientiane's cafe scene.
The best spring rolls in Vientiane? That's a big call.
When you live in Vientiane, don't be surprised if one day, you wake up to this...
Chocolate and cream and pastry, oh my.
This little piggy went to market. He really did. This is pig farming in Laos.
Our favourite eating haunts, with kids, in Luang Prabang, Laos.
Quirky, trendy, and I'm still pondering the crab porridge. But they do an awesome babycino.
Get out and amongst it, at Luang Prabang's famous markets
2016 is the year Laos hosts ASEAN. So, what does that mean for Vientiane?
This new Thai supermarket is giving Vientiane's minimarts a run for their money. Worth the hype?
Vientiane winter is perfect weather for a bowl of udon noodle soup at this long-time Japanese restaurant downtown.
Grilled steak and the best fried rice I've tasted in Vientiane. Yes, I know that's a big call.
The beautiful golden temples are a must-see in Yangon.
Get your Lao-Thai fix here and feel remarkably cheerful at the same time.
A visit to Inle's famous markets, by boat, and with tomatoes.
Messing about in boats on the beautiful Inle Lake in Myanmar
Beachside bliss in Ngapali beach on the west coast of Myanmar.
Wander the streets of downtown Yangon for a few hours and see what's all about.
In Vientiane and hanging out for a decent cup of coffee? You've come to right place. Here's where to find the best coffee in town.
Here's hoping this holiday season will bring me books... and time enough to kick back and really read them.
A visit to COPE teaches you all about UXO in Laos and the spirit of surviving, and thriving.
They wriggle. And squirm. But apparently they're delicious, particularly with chilli.
Have you ever wondered what's made in Laos? There's more to Laos than its famous Beer Lao, a lot more actually.
Welcome to my new series, Lao produce! Starting with the magnificent water buffalo, or rather, just its hairy skin.
A new Lao restaurant in town delivers original and delicious food. Get in before everyone else does.
It's not Lao but it's a pretty awesome cake. Everyone loves rainbows, right?
The tasty and popular Khao nom kok, coconut pancakes, hot and sweet straight out of the pan.
If you've got a spare morning and a hankering for insects, wasp larvae and machetes, Mak Kai market is your spot.
Got the munchies? Hail down this streetside cart for a Lao take on fried potatoes.
Lao is famous for its beautiful hand woven textiles. So when you're invited to a Lao ethnic fashion show... You go!
Fancy a crispy, crunchy dessert with just a hint of sweetness? Then you'll want to try this Lao streetfood...
Get on board - it's the boat racing festival in Vientiane!
The beautiful "floating boats of lights" festival is on. It's time to give thanks to the lifeblood of Laos, water.
The ever-appealing, always versatile, sticky rice does a great show number here as a dessert.
Next time you're feeling "peckish" on the streets of Vientiane, try this...
My banking woes are the least reason Laos could do with a financial makeover.
The friendly, charming and sustainable restaurant Makphet is a must-do for all new and old-comers to Vientiane.
Need a mid-afternoon pick me up? Try a favourite Lao office snack...
Meet the smart cookies behind these popular, tasty and handmade delicacies in Vientiane.
It's lunchtime! Get your grilled meats here, a Lao streetfood favourite.
A little soybean can go a long way towards filling tummies in Laos' school meals program.
Tracking down one essential item takes us inadvertently round Vientiane's supermarkets and across the border.
It's hard to believe that I have been blogging continuously for five years. Well done, me! And to celebrate...
Where do I live? Well, there's many answers to that in Vientiane.
A visit to the popular Lao eatery downtown, in search of mango pancakes and uncommon tranquility.
When in Laos... you've got to check out the national team in a World Cup qualifier match.
A cosy little French cafe in Vientiane has all the favourites plus a couple of surprises...
I love the rain - the sight, the sound, the smell. For Laotians, the arrival of the rain or the "green season" is in many ways very welcome too.
A popular local Australian-Lao cafe has all the falang creature comforts.
From air-conditioning to de-bugging the garden, they've got it covered in the Mekong.
Dampened deadlines alongside humidity and monsoonal rain reminds me that I'm not in Canberra anymore.
Welcome to Laos. First impressions and backyard petanque.
We're moving to Laos! Not exactly sure what to expect... but isn't that the good part?
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