March 2009

I’ve found a pretty cool blog by a Lao coffee plantation near Pakse. It looks like a couple of falang have started a plantation and are working to export Lao coffee around the world.

The way I’ve seen coffee made in Laos is made by putting the coffee in a sift and pouring boiling water through it. It usually comes out very black. Even without sugar, the coffee tends to have a rather sweet flavour. Coffee is usually served by pouring the coffee over a cup generously filled with condensed milk. It’s a sickly sweet experience for the uninitiated, but sugar hit soon becomes addictive.

I think most people that have travelled to developing countries for an extensive time find out how prevalent Nestle condensed milk and their food flavouring products are.

How to ask for a coffee in Lao? “Coy (as in the carp-like fish) yak (or yark, like the name Mark) gin (rhymes with fin) cafe (pronounced with a french accent) horn (like the thing on your steering wheel)”. Altogether it means I want drink coffee hot.

In Australia you can buy Lao coffee from:


I lived in Laos for one year and was very surprised to find out this week that there is a roller skating rink in Vientiane. Learning about it from social networking, the details of its location are:

“it’s just past the Talat Thongkamkan Chao Anou intersection on Chao Anou, to the left as you head from town towards Russian Circus. Just past the traffic lights.”

One more thing to add to the list of fun activities available in Vientiane, to which I would include the shooting range, go karting, bowling and Mekong aerobics.