Photo: Waterfalls and an elephant in Tad Lo.

Eat and meet

Popular Chom Restaurant is a local joint in a wooden hut on the street leading to the river. The meals are freshly prepared on site and do take quite some time to come out. It's a fairly standard menu of fried rice, noodles and meat and a few yummy desserts.

The restaurant at Tim Guesthouse isn't as popular as it once was due to a raft of new places opening up serving similar food at better prices. Still, these people have experience from years of catering to customer requests and you're more likely to find someone who speaks English here than at many other places.

The restaurant down by the river at Sypaseuth is a top spot to drink a beer as the sun sets. The terrace overlooks the river and has some great views of the sky as it turns a wonderful shade of violet and the sun dips over the horizon. They also do a range of Lao dishes and some stock standard Western favourites including pasta – best to stick to the Lao food.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Tad Lo? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Laos.

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