Ban Tom Lao - The name of the village literally means 'Brew-comes'. 'Lao tom' - a form of hooch - is illegal in many countries but is legal in Laos. Apart from growing rice and working the land, villagers here produce many kind of alcoholic beverages such as, Sa Tor and Kasae. The alcoholic degree of each beverage is very difficult to determine as it depends on how long they have been fermented. However, it is generally thought to be more than 40 degrees.