Food Stalls, Vientiane
Concierge.com's insider take:
For tasty, cheap food, outdoor stalls are a good bet; many say that's where to find the best grub in Asia. Lining the Mekong River's bank from Nokeo Koummane Road to Khun Bulom Road, stalls offer traditional Lao dishes like tam som (spicy salad of green papaya, chili, garlic, tomatoes, ground peanuts, lime juice, and fish sauce), ping kai (grilled chicken), and fruit shakes from morning until nearly midnight. The kiosk at the junction of Khun Bulom and Heng Boun is popular with the locals for its rice and cassava steamed in bamboo leaves, and its chicken and fish kebabs. At night, try the Dong Palan Night Market on Ban Fai Road near Wat Ban Fai.