The President Is Drinking Coconut Water At A Street Market, So He’s Basically A Full-On Backpacker Now

President Obama knows how to have a good time when traveling abroad. Last time he was in southeast Asia, he grabbed a bowl of noodles with Anthony Bourdain. After having to cancel a trip to the Philippines, the President dropped by Laos and sampled some local freshness as Luang Prabang’s amazing night market.

[Side Note From The Travel Editor: If you like markets and street food and cheap places to stay and backpacker culture, Luang Prabang is probably the best city on Earth right now.]

While touring like a 22-year-old backpacker, POTUS grabbed a refreshing drink from one of the many vendors. It’s probably a good choice in the heat and humidity of a late summer day in Laos. Coconut water is famous for its hydrating qualities and loads of electrolytes per coconut — it’s been shown to be better at rehydrating you than water in some cases. A single serving of this wonder elixir is loaded with four bananas worth of potassium (without the fiber). There’s even a little science to back up the “miracle hangover cure” claims, since the sodium and mineral content of young coconut water has been shown to relieve nausea in some people. More hydrated and less nausea are always big wins when fighting a hangover.

So, the question is, was the Commander-in-Chief hung over or just in need of a cool down? We don’t think anyone could blame him for tying one on after a long and stare-down-filled G20 summit.

(Via The White House)