One of the things I love about South East Asia is the night markets. In most cities you’ll find a market crammed with local goods, food and massage joints. Yes, they’re touristy, but they’re also a great place to pick up cheap (fake!) clothes, buy interesting souvenirs and taste the delicious local cuisine.
Visiting the night market in Vientiane (located right on the waterfront) we came across this very cool bar man, whipping up delicious (but sweet!) vodka cocktails for a mere 15,000 Kip (US$1.89).
By the way, the markets in Laos have to be some of the most chilled markets in South East Asia – there is absolutely no hassling, unlike some other countries. If you say no thanks, you don’t want something, that’s it. No one following after you with a “I’ll give you discount” – it’s just a smile and an “okay”, and they move on to the next customer.