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News & Events 10 14 22 34

What's On What's New Sabaidee Event: Sabaidee Magazine Turns Two Further Afield: The 20th Anniversary of the First Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge

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Travel 26 30

Spotlight On: Urban Safari ASEAN Connect: Weekend Wanderer - Discovering Chiang Mai

Lifestyle 20 36 43 44

My City: My Luang Prabang Sabaidee Cover: Eat Street Exploring Vientiane’s Street Snack Hot Spots The Good Guide: EAT, DRINK, RELAX, SHOP, SEE & DO, SLEEP listings Sabaidee’s Guide To: Sustainable Shopping in Vientiane

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CONTRIBUTORS Phonesavanh Sangsomboun

Ashley Sattler

Connecting and associating with new people from all walks of life has given a chance for journalist Phonesavanh to broaden his experiences and knowledge. Phonesavanh is a visual reporter engaged in multimedia through photo and video journalism. He has travelled to many countries around the world, both in Asia and Europe, to report from these places. He strongly believes media plays a significant role in reflecting societal issues and gives a light to those who do not have it.

Ashley is an Australian volunteer living in Vientiane. Her interest in trying to make ‘better’ consumer choices led her to seek out good options around the capital, and across the country, and to set up the Ethical Consumer Laos Facebook page as a place for others to share information and tips: www.facebook.com/ethicalconsumerlaos.

Michelle Luehman Michelle has spent the last 20 years living and working around the world, and most of that time has been spent around Asia. An avid observer of people and places, she has written extensively about life in Asia, both as a visitor and a resident. She has worked for lifestyle and travel magazines around the globe capturing the essence and flavour of life in each different locality.

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Emma Coats

With a background in science and communications, Emma's writing and photography has appeared in several environmental publications including Australian Geographic. Now living in Vientiane, she is capturing her new surrounds through travel and photography - in this issue of Sabaidee Magazine she tours the capital to uncover its delights by tuk tuk.

Kate Antonas Australian-born journalist turned art gallery manager and creative programmer, Kate relocated to Laos last year. Now living in Vientiane she has fallen for Laos’ exquisite traditional art, laid back lifestyle, street food and beer with ice. Always on the lookout for the cool and interesting she is attempting to uncover the best local eats, drinks and hidden gems.


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ASEAN Connect

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SABAIDEE COVER

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Luang Prabang • Le Café Ban Vat Sene – Café. Sitting pretty on the main street of tranquil Luang Prabang this elegant café-cum-restaurant combines the home-grown ingredients and cuisine of sister bistro L’Éléphant Restaurant with lighter café-style fare including a selection of delectable pastries. Free Wi-Fi. Sakarine Road, 071 252 482, elephant-restau.com/ cafebanvatsenefr.html. Open 7 days 7am – 10pm.

• Le Patio Café – Lao/Café. Housed in the grounds of the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre this intimate eatery offers a range of dishes from northern Lao ethnic minorities, making it the perfect stop after immersing yourself in Lao culture next door. Located at the base of Phou Si Hill patrons will enjoy a unique vantage point of this distinctive attraction. Free Wi-Fi. Ban Khamyong, le_patio@elephantrestau.com, elephant-restau.com/lepatiocafe.html. Open 7 days 9am – 5pm.

• Silk Road Café – Lao. Bringing an east meets west philosophy to the kitchen the Silk Road Café combines regional flavours, local ingredients and ideas from cuisines the silk road passed through. Set against a backdrop of the Mekong River this open-air café is housed on the grounds of the Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre making it the perfect spot to grab coffee and a bite after an on-site weaving workshop or demonstration. Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre, Ban Saylom, 071 212 597, ockpoptok.com. Open 7 days 8am – 5pm.

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Sabaidee Lifestyle & Travel Magazine issue 15