Laos and Cambodia Dinner Party Menu Complete with Recipes

Sticking with tradition on Compass and Fork, our last food post for a country is a dinner party.  We have featured 5 recipe posts for adjoining SE Asian countries Laos and Cambodia. The food is definitely one of the reasons you travel to Laos and Cambodia. It is good and cheap on the hip pocket.  Not unlike food from Thailand and Vietnam, but with some subtle differences. As you would expect the food of Laos and Cambodia is influenced by … Read More

Mekong Inspired Green Papaya Salad Recipe

Another great salad you see in all of the countries along the Mekong River is Green Papaya Salad. Certainly in beautiful Luang Prabang, Laos, you see this glorious salad everywhere. Today, we feature Green Papaya Salad. Green or unripe papaya should not be underrated. The crunch factor gives it a fabulous texture that adds to the dish. And only 5 minutes to prepare. But be warned, this salad does have a bit of a kick. The heat can be easily … Read More

Luang Prabang in Laos – You Will Never Want to Leave

As we arrive in Luang Prabang after a full two day journey down the Mekong River, we are feeling very relaxed. I have to say I am very happy we had another reservation after Luang Prabang or I think I might still be there.  Luang Prabang is that type of place, one you may never want to leave. As the best preserved town in Laos, Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was the capital of the Kingdom … Read More

Chicken Larb from Luang Prabang

Today, we feature an Asian salad great served warm or cold, featuring so many of those great South East Asian herbs and spices that combine so well in a salad. Chicken larb is usually associated with Thailand but it is just as popular in Laos and possibly even superior to the Thai version. Chances are you may not know a lot about Lao cuisine. Laos flies under the radar behind adjoining neighbors Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and China. Naturally there is … Read More

The Slow Boat to Luang Prabang – Taking the Comfortable Option

Arriving in Luang Prabang having spent two very leisurely days on what is commonly referred to as the “slow boat” meant we arrived in Luang Prabang in a very mellow mood.  This may influence my impression of both Luang Prabang and the whole slow boat experience, but honestly we really enjoyed this and highly recommend it. I should clarify, we did not take the “public” slow boat, the one many backpackers write posts about.  The over-crowded, uncomfortable experience where you … Read More

How to Enjoy and Make the Most of Visiting Cambodia

Cambodia and visiting Angkor Wat is on a lot of people’s bucket list or travel wish list.  I know it was on ours for a long time.  It was voted the #1 destination by a wide margin on Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travellist which ranks the top 500 places as voted by readers. So you have to wonder with some of these incredibly popular tourist destinations if it is worthy of the hype. (And that is the subject for another post, … Read More

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