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The Sandwich Maker of Luang Prabang, Laos – Mong & Houa
Mong (18) and Houa (17) are a young married couple with a two year old daughter named, Panya. Mong (husband) was 16 when he married Houa who was then 15 years old. Since their marriage two years ago (Panya was born before their marriage) they run a small stall on the main night market street in the heritage town of Luang Prabang, Laos, selling sandwiches, Lao coffee, tea and a wide range of fresh fruit juices and shakes. They don’t have much to go by but they are always smiling and happy with their life. Prices range from 10,000 to 15,000 Kip (approx. US$ 1.25 to 1.90). Try the pineapple/lemon/Lao whisky drink with a chicken/avocado/cheese baguette sandwich. A top up with a shot of Lao whisky is advised!