Beer Lao…or something a little stronger?


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I had always known Laos to be a country of somewhat lax drug laws. However, what surprised me the most the kind of exotic drinks available for tourists at every street corner. Do they think we’re stupid?

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Walking around Luang Prabang was often like a Potions class at Hogwarts. All kinds of anthromorphic concoctions designed to…well, designed to do what? Presumably to get the tourists drunk. Or to get them ill. Unsurprisingly, I stuck to my Beer Lao. There was no way I was going to try Bear Paw Whiskey, for example. Not in a million years! Who even dreams up these kinds of flavours?!

A much safer option? A much safer option?

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In all seriousness, the rice whiskey business is huge in Laos. A local whiskey brand known as Lao-Lao often has an alcohol volume of over 55% and is a very popular beverage for Laotians, almost as popular as the much-safer option of…

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