In my view, if you haven't had a drink by the Mekong River, your cool factor is zero.
Atap- roofed cafes lined the river bank. I had a Beer Lao which some some say is the best beer in the region. Hey, Heineken, are you listening?
Teetotallers are not left out. At least you can say you had had coconut juice by the Mekong River! When night falls, the area is filled with foodstalls and Laotians lounging on straw mats and dining under the stars.
I'm one of those who must have coffee for breakfast. As in Thailand, for breakfast the locals prefer noodles. Fortunately I found this place after a search on my bicycle. Notice the boiler outside the coffee shop?