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Hiking, kayaking, and tubing in Vang Vieng, Laos will surely work up an appetite. But you might be overwhelmed come meal time with Vang Vieng’s surplus of sandwich stands, noodle shops, and cheap eats catering to backpackers. So we’ve compiled a list of the top eateries in Vang Vieng – everything from excellent local, Western, and ethnic cuisines.
For the best Mexican food in Laos, look no further than Lao- and Australian-run Amigos. The sister establishment of the original Amigos in Luang Prabang, this Vang Vieng restaurant serves equally delicious tacos, nachos, french fries, and guacamole when avocados are in season. Locally sourced ingredients and a killer playlist make this hidden gem in a secret garden a must-visit.
There is no shortage of pizzerias in Vang Vieng but only one is run by French chef Jean-Loup, who cooks his pies in the outdoor oven he built himself. Pizza Luka is named for Jean-Loup’s son and serves pizza, lasagna, salads, and desserts six nights a week. Try the white pizza or the goat cheese honey pizza, which features locally made goat cheese from Vang Vieng’s organic farm.
They’ve got your butter chicken and your garlic naan and your tiki masala. Nazim took over this Indian restaurant in 2017 and caters to tourists and locals with a wide variety of dishes, including plenty of vegetarian and some vegan options. In addition to Indian favourites, Nazim has a page of Malay foods on the menu that are halal.
Lotus Restaurant is on the other side of the toll bridge from the main town of Vang Vieng. Run by Boa and Philippe, it specialises in French and Lao cooking. Eat inside or at the charming garden surrounded by plants and natural beauty on the quiet side of the Nam Song. Try the laap or fish soup if you’re leaning toward the Lao side of the menu or opt for a burger and fries if you’ve got a hankering for Western food.