Our trip to Laos started in a surreal way. After landing and checking, in we went to town looking for a good meal. We walked down the main road, with low-slung french-influenced buildings on either side and very little road noise. You can hear drumming coming from the temples: the monks drum for sunset. There are 33 temples in Luang Prabang, and as you walk down the Main Street, you see about 5 of them. It was fascinating to hear this drumming and to view the monks.
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After arriving in Laos we had a great dinner.
Vietnamese was our least favorite food thus far, although almost everything was pretty good. Everything was very fresh in Vietnam, even to a fault. There seems to be a southwest-to-east gradient in southeast Asia; with the best and most spicy in Thailand and the mildest in Vietnam.
Other notes about the Vietnamese food:
Not enough ice in shakes;
Some Jasmine tea, and very good, but rare; nothing like the ubiquity of tea in Japan;
Our favorites involved fresh spring rolls with some cooked fish or tofu inside;
The coffee was both the best and on occasion, the worst so far, but usually fresh. Not nearly so much instant coffee;
Do as the Indian guys we met do-bring your own bag of spice!