No trip to Laos would be completed without a visit to explore the lush, mountainous town of Vang Vieng. If you’re wondering what to do in Vang Vieng that isn’t tubing, don’t worry because theres plenty to do. And yes this includes eating, thats why I put together a list of the best restaurants in Vang Vieng.
Vang Vieng once had a BIG reputation for crazy, drug and alcohol- fueled parties. Backpackers would flock here to tube down the Nam Song river and get lassoed in to various bars along the river.
Vang Vieng has since calmed down a bit but there is still a party here if you’re willing to find it.
Best Restaurants in Vang Vieng, Laos
If you’re craving Mexican food, look no further as Amigos serves the best Mexican food in Laos.
Peeping Soms is a korean barbecue place that you’ll want to come hungry and with friends. You cook your own meat and vegetables at your table and theres a variety of Lao and Korean beer and cocktails to sample while you wait.
VangVieng has lots of pizza joints but Pizza Luka makes you feel like you’re in Italy. Every pizza is hand cooked in an outdoor oven and has several pizzas with goat cheese.
Laos food has lots of Indian influence in there dishes. If you’re looking for some authentic Indian food Nazim Indian has a wind variety of Indian dishes. Try the Vegetable Korma or Malai Kofta and pair it with some garlic naan.
nightlife & drinks
Full Moon Bar
Full Moon Bar– Full Moon Bar lets patrons choose the music and has a great English-speaking staff. Play foosball, shoot pool and enjoy the happy menu. This was my favorite bar in Vang Vieng.
Viva Vang Vieng
Viva Vang Vieng– Located on the main drag. Viva is bigger than the other night club in town and is open till 2 am every other night.
Sakura– Expect to have a wild time, dance a lot and to drink copious amounts of shots. FREE shots offered everyday from 7-9. Open from 11 am – Midnight everyday.
Gary’s Irish Bar
Gary’s Irish Bar– Located in the center of town this bar has regular live music sessions, cheap eats, a good pool table, a dartboard and live football on TV. They have a great happy hour everyday, buy 2 cocktails or shots and get the third FREE! Open daily from 9 am-midnight.
Tifalcony Space Bar
If you’re looking to find what Vang Vieng’s “old” reputation is all about, Space Bar is for you. Serving a variety of shakes, teas, and pizzas, you’ll feel out of this world, hence the name Space Bar.