I struggled with whether this should go on the food board, but you guys are out there eating. You're the ones in the best position to answer my question.
My question is this: how likely are my husband and/or I to get some intestinal distress while we are in Laos for about 10-12 days? I know there are many factors involved but let's just say we take these precautions: 1) eat carefully, avoiding places that look obviously dirty or otherwise iffy 2) of course, drink only bottled water and TRY to avoid ice or beverages made with non-bottled water 3) avoid dairy products and raw meat or seafood 4) eat lightly and a bit blandly when we first arrive, in order to let our systems adjust.
What have you chowhounders' experiences been?
How many people got sick and HOW sick did you get?
It's one thing to have to feel nauseous or have to take a few trips to the squatty. It's quite another to be stuck in the hotel for a couple of days or more because you're done in. Nothing ruins a trip quicker. We are definitely planning to be careful, but as a chowhounder, I've (of course) found that some of the best chowing happens off the beaten path in some places that uptight non-chowhounders wouldn't dream of risking. I am just hoping we can gague how careful we can be while still enjoying what the place has to offer.
I will anxiously await your revelations.