Bamboo Shoot Soup (kaeng Nor Mai; ແກງຫນໍ່ໄມ້) and Lao Green Papaya Salad (Tam Mak Hoong; ຕໍາໝາກຫຸ່ງ) with steamed sticky rice (Khao Niao; ເຂົ້າໜຽວ), rice noodle (Khao Poon; ເຂົ້າປຸ້ນ), and young pods and young leaves of Leucaena leucocephala (White Leadtree; Phak Katin) for lunch in Pakse, Laos.

After lunch, I decided to get on the back of the water buffalo for the first time in my life. It was exciting and scary at the same time. I was afraid the buffalo would take off running too fast and I would fall off since I was sitting on the side, wearing my skirt and all.

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This water buffalo was really a sweet one. I was so happy by the end of the short trip on the back of the lady buffalo, I went check out more water buffaloes at the sticky rice paddies and under the tamarind tree.