Laos

A boat down the Mekong brought us to the Pak Ou caves, a shrine filled with hundreds of Buddha figures. Back in the night food market of Luang Prabang, you can fill a platter from dozens of delectable noodle and vegetable selections for about a buck fifty.

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Saigon cuisine

The food in this city is mouthwateringly flavorful, abundant and cheap, with fresh ingredients sourced from the nearby Mekong delta. Take for instance this soup from a restaurant in District 8, with leeks, dill, lime, chili, cooked fish and tomatoes.  

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