As a tropical country in Southeast Asia, the summer in Laos is extremely hot. Therefore, the demand of refreshment and beverage is huge here. Laos’ drink has shared some common feature with other country in Indochina and its neighbors and also has some its own distinct feature. We will divide Laos’ drink into two categories: Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic. You will be amazed by its variation in style and flavor.

Alcoholic

  • Lao Lao

“Lao lao” seems to be interesting from its name. In fact, they are two different words with the same pronunciation, one means alcohol and the other means Laotian. The meaning of “Lao Lao” is Laotian Alcohol, and it is also called as Laotian Rice Whisky.

Lao Lao

Lao Lao

Lao lao is one of the cheapest alcohol in the world. The tourist comes here will be amazed by many handmade bottle contain the visible liquid with the shocking price in local market. The low price doesn’t mean it has poor quality; instead the taste is good and definitely will give you a hangover.
You can find “Lao Lao” in everywhere in Lao cause it can be considered as a local, homemade alcohol. It can be found in Luang Prabang or Vientiane, especially Ban Xanghai which is upstream in Mekong River from Vientiane.

  • Lao hai

It can be considered as a homemade distilled rice wine, but the difference is that it is a traditional drink in Khomu, an ethnic group in Laos. Instead of normal distillation, the liquid is fermented in communal earthware pots called “hai”. The method of drinking “Lao hai” is also very special, they no longer pour white wine into cups, but use a bamboo straw to drink directly from the pots while other person will pour in water to maintain the level of wine in the pots.

Laos man tasting Lao Hai

Laos man tasting Lao Hai

  • Beerlaos

Beer is a familiar drink for everyone in the world, especially in the hot summer. So what is the special in Beerlaos that make it outstanding from other competitor from overall the world?
Beerlaos is a brand name of Lao Brewery Company. Nowadays, it is the most popular beer in Laos, defeating all other famous beer company in the world. The drink is made from Jasmine rice which is locally grown in Laos and combined with hop and yeast imported from Germany.

Bear Laos

Bear Laos

Beerlaos has gained its reputation in the world wide and becomes Laotian’s pride since it has received many awards in Laos and in the world. Nowadays, Beerlaos has been exported to many countries in the world such as: UK, US, Canada, South Korea, France, etc.

Non-alcoholic

  • Cafe paksong

Café paksong means coffee grown in Bolaven Plateau in the town of Paksong. This area has made Laos become one of the biggest coffee exporters in the world. Both Robusta and Arabica are the two main types of coffee which is grown in this area. The weather here has tropical characteristics, cooler temperature because of high geography and rich soil, which makes up the tasty, strong flavor of Laos coffee.

Cafe Paksong - the best cup of coffee in the world

Cafe Paksong – the best cup of coffee in the world

In the Western country, when making a cup of coffee, the bartender will normally use a coffee maker (somehow a machine) to make a cup of black coffee. In contrast, Laotian bartender will use a metal filter, put a certain amount of coffee powder in, pour in the hot water and wait for the essence of coffee dripping to the cup put below. Or more traditionally, they will use a cotton filter to make that special coffee. Moreover, in order to reduce the bitter of black coffee, a layer of condense milk will be put in the bottom instead of sugar or milk.

  • Saa – Tea

Known as one of countries in Asia, Laotian drinks tea daily in their life. There are two kinds of teas in Laos: Black Tea referring to Indian Styles and Green Tea (or semi-cured) referring to Chinese or Vietnamese style.
You can easily find green tea everywhere since it is served in every restaurant for free. But for black tea, it is usually served in a coffee shop. This can be regarded as a feature to help you notice whether this coffee shop is an authentic one. Another notice for you is that when you order “saa hawn” (hot tea) in Laos, the outcome is always a cup of black tea with sugar and condensed milk. It you just want to enjoy the pure black tea, please give a notice to the waiter.

Traditional Lao bael tea tastes mild and is not as dark as black tea

Traditional Lao bael tea tastes mild and is not as dark as black tea

  • Sugar Canes Juice

Sugar Canes is the most suitable to be grown in tropical weather and especially in Southeast Asia. Therefore, it has been the most popular in this area and can be found in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. A glass of sugar canes can immediately get rid of the lassitude because it contains glucose and fructose, which instantly refill your energy and strength just after a sip.

Sugar Canes Juice

Sugar Canes Juice

  • Coconut Juice

The heat always covers Laos all the time, in the winter, it can be little bit cooler but most of the time, Laotian faces the heat. In this situation, the same as other countries in Southeast Asia, coconut juice is an ideal drink for everyone from the elder to children. A fresh coconut opened right away when you order will relief all the heat and bring you refreshment. Even President Obama of the United States has tried this fresh drink out during his visit to Laos in Luang Prabang in 2016. There must be a reason why he does it!

President Obama enjoys coconut water in Laos

President Obama enjoys coconut water in Laos