Thai train food is edible if you eat early and keep it simple. The Bangkok to Surat Thani train remains popular with travellers to Koh Samui, and chowing down while riding the rails is always fun.
The Vientiane to Bangkok train is a good ride for those with time to spare. Drive out to the Thanaleng Station to ticket directly from the State Railway of Thailand. You’ll be glad you did.
Miang Lao is a favorite beer snack – better than the Thai equivalent Mieng Kam. Surprisingly it took days to find a restaurant selling the real deal in Luang Prabang.
Most budget accommodation in Luang Prabang is worn out and ragged. Plus it usually stinks. Tha Heua Me Guest House is a refreshing exception offering clean rooms for a fair price right on the Mekong.
The Morning Market serves up beastly bowls of steaming Pho noodles for 15,000 kip (US$ 2.00). Experience an authentic twist of this local delicacy at a busy stall near Souriyavongsa Road.
Luang Prabang’s Morning Market (Talat Sao) is a culinary delight both strange and sublime. Feeding the monks helps get up in time to take it all in.
Think twice before travelling from Vientiane to Luang Prabang on the so-called ‘VIP’ bus. It still sucks big time, even if the view remains stunning and Lao food at bus stops rock the ride.
Khop Chai Deu in Vientiane is still going strong even if you can’t see Nam Phu Fountain anymore.