Lao lunch office meetings can be an intoxicating affair. Today’s lunch, which I have just returned from, involved taking shots of Johnny Deng (Johnny Walker Red Label). Following the Lao style of drinking there is one communal shot glass that goes from person to person. You have to drink to pairs – the idea being that you have two legs, so if you don’t have even shots you wont be balance and be unable to walk straight. Don’t get lured into taking one last odd shot, as afterwards you’ll be pressured to take one more even shot.

When you leave you need to take another farewell shot. Of course to keep things even this always means you have to take 2 farewell shots.