In Vientiane, the capital of Laos, ex-pats and the more wealthy locals duck into French cafes for their morning croissant and cappuccino on their way to work - a massive contrast to the rest of this very poor country, we were later to find out. We arrived in the capital very early so we ate breakfast in the bus station canteen, whose menu offered such delights as "rice with food" and "insipid soup". Once in the city, we ate delicious bread, went ten-pin bowling, ...
Lassi Come Home
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Our time in Thailand wasn't even a whistle-stop tour: We took a night bus with unnecessarily swanky curtains from Bangkok to the north and crossed the mighty Mekong River straight into Laos. We spent a night in the border town of Huay Xai and discovered that we'd become millionaires overnight (1,000,000 Lao kip is just under 100 quid). Then we headed into the very leafy north of the country, to the town of Luang Namtha. Expecting to find a remote jungle town, we ...