Rice, especially sticky rice, is the staple food and dishes will be Indo-Chinese in flavor and presentation. Lao food can be found on the stalls in the markets. There are several fairly good French restaurants in Vientiane, catering mainly for the diplomatic community. Baguettes and croissants are normally eaten for breakfast. Rice whisky, lao lao, is popular and there are two brands available. The beer is also good.
Tipping: Practised modestly in hotels and restaurants.
Nightlife There are several discos in Vientiane that tend to have live Lao bands. Most large hotels will have their own nightclubs.
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