Welcome to Vang Vieng, a picturesque town amidst the stunning landscapes of Laos, where adventure awaits at every corner. In this article, we’ll uncover the best restaurants in Vang Vieng so you can spend more time on an adventure and less time searching for the best food in Vang Vieng.

Once a crazy, drug and alcohol- fueled party town, Vang Vieng has reinvented itself as the country’s hub for adventure travel. You’ll work up an appetite during the days as you partake in adrenaline pumping activities like rock climbing, hiking, caving and tubing in Vang Vieng.

From humble street stalls serving local delicacies to charming dinner joints, we’ll embark on a journey through the best restaurants in Vang Vieng, where flavors from across the globe converge to create an unforgettable trip.

Best Restaurants in Vang Vieng

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Traditional Lao Dishes to Try

Laos cuisine is characterized by its fresh ingredients, bold flavors, and aromatic herbs and spices. Influenced by its neighboring countries, including Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, Laotian cuisine shares similarities with Southeast Asian cuisine but also has its own distinctive flavors and dishes.

🍲 Here are some top Lao dishes to try when you are traveling around the country.

  • Laap (also spelled larb): A signature dish of Laos, laap is a minced meat salad typically made with chicken, beef, pork, or fish combined with herbs, lime juice, fish sauce, and toasted rice powder. It’s flavorful, refreshing, and often served with sticky rice.
  • Tam Mak Houng (Green Papaya Salad): This spicy and tangy salad features shredded green papaya mixed with tomatoes, green beans, peanuts, garlic, chili, lime juice, and fish sauce. It’s a popular street food and my favorite appetizer. 
  • Or Lam: A heart and aromatic stew made with a variety of vegetables, herbs, and usually port or fish, simmered in a flavorful broth made with lemongrass, galangal, and other spices. It’s commonly enjoyed with sticky rice. 
  • Mok Pa (Fish Steamed in Banana Leaves): Fish fillets marinated in a mixture of herbs, spices, and coconut milk, wrapped in banana leaves. The result is a fragrant and moist dish bursting with flavor.
  • Khao Piak Sen (Laotian Noodle Soup): A comforting noodle soup made with handmade flat rice noodles, tender meat, and garnished with herbs, bean sprouts, and sometimes crispy garlic or fried shallots. 
  • Khao Niaw: Sticky rice is a staple of Laotian cuisine and ofter served along side savory dishes. 
  • Ping Kai: Marinated chicken skewers grilled over charcoal, resulting in juicy and flavorful meat. It’s often served with sticky rice and dipping sauce made with chili, lime, and garlic. 
  • Jeow: A variety of dipping sauces made with ingredients such as chili, garlic, fish sauce, lime juice, and herbs. Jeow complements many Lao dishes and adds an extra kick of flavor.
a riverside restaurant in Vang Vieng, Laos

Things to Know About Restaurants in Vang Vieng

  • 🍜 Variety of Cuisine: Vang Vieng offers a diverse range of dining options. You’ll find traditional Lao cuisine, as well as international options including Western, Thai, Vietnamese, and more. 
  • 🥬 Many restaurants in Vang Vieng offer vegetarian dishes.
  • 💰$$ – The price range for dining in Vang Vieng can vary widely. You’ll find everything from budget-friendly street food stalls and local eateries to mid-range restaurants and upscale dining establishments targeting tourists.
  • 🏞️ With its scenic surroundings, many restaurants in Vang Vieng offer outdoor seating, allowing diners to enjoy their meals while taking in the stunning views of the limestone karst mountains or the Nam Song River.
  • 🍄 Don’t be surprised to see “happy” items on the menu.
  • 🫔 Local Food is plentiful and inexpensive.
  •  Many Vang Vieng restaurants only accepts cash. While some restaurants may accept credit cars, it’s always a good idea to carry cash.
  • ⏰ While some restaurants in Vang Vieng operate throughout the day, others may have limited hours, particularly during the low tourist season.
  • 💧Tap water is unsafe to drink in Laos.

Restaurants in Vang Vieng

A Vang Vieng restaurant in Laos

Amigos Vang Vieng

If you’re craving Mexican food, look no further as Amigos serves the best Mexican food in Laos.  This Vang Vieng restaurant served me the best tacos and nachos when I was here.  It was the comfort food that I needed.

Peeping Soms

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.

Restaurant du Crabe d’Or

Restaurant du Crabe d’Or is where to eat in Vang Vieng for a more upscale dinner. Located in the Riverside Boutique Resort (one of the best places to stay in Vang Vieng), you won’t be disappointed with the fresh catch or traditional Lao dishes. 

Pizza Luka

Vang Vieng 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.

Pizza Luka is located across the bridge and is one of the best places to eat in Vang Vieng.

Nazim Indian Restaurant

Laos food has lots of Indian influence in there plates.  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.

View of the river in Vang Vieng Laos
Entrance to a fun bar in Vang Vieng Laos
The full moon bar in Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng Nightlife

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 Pub is bigger than the other night club in town and is open till 2 am every other night.

Sakura

Sakura Vang Vieng– 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.

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    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, Tifalcony 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.

    Tubing in Vang Vieng, Laos

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