Travel A-Z: Z is for Zythum

Zythum was some ancient Egyptian beer, and as we couldn’t think of anything that started with Z this seemed as good a choice as any. Beer in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam is both reasonable in cost and in taste — and at the end of a long, hot day of hammock-laying few things are as refreshing as an ice cold Beer Lao.
In Laos and Vietnam watch out for “Fresh Beer” which is pretty much homebrew — homebrew which can wreck a delicate stomach. If you’re drinking a lot of beer, try to remember to drink a lot of water as well — the climate is hot and the water will at least try to keep your body hydrated. Also watch out for hangovers, some of the cheaper beers — particularly in Thailand pack a punch — both that night and the morning after.

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