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So, you’ve embarked on an epic journey to Vang Vieng, a travel destination with breathtaking scenery, fun activities, adventures and of course – great food. If you’re looking for where to eat in Vang Vieng, keep reading. Here you’ll find the Mad Monkey-approved list of the top restaurants you NEED to try while in Vang Vieng.


Restaurant du Crabe d’Or – A Lavish Escape

When it comes to where to eat in Vang Vieng, Restaurant du Crabe d’Or, nestled in the Riverside Boutique Resort, is a standout choice. While slightly pricier, the lavish flavours and impeccable service justify every penny. From the freshest catches to delectable Laotian and international dishes, their menu promises an exquisite dining experience that’s well-suited for special occasions. Don’t miss out – secure your table in advance for a truly memorable evening in the heart of Vang Vieng.

A spread of Laotian dishes at Restaurant du Crabe d'Or, Vang Vieng
A spread of Laotian dishes at Restaurant du Crabe d’Or, photo courtesy of Restaurant du Crabe d’Or.

Location: MAP | Website

Opening Hours: 7:00 AM – 9:30 PM

Contact: +856 (0)20 5695 5511‬

Viman Vang Vieng – The World on a Plate

Boasting over 400 5-star reviews, Viman Vang Vieng is like a culinary world tour, all under one roof. Craving a spicy Thai curry? They’ve got it. Hankering for some German sausages? Check. And if you’re steering clear of meat, their vegetarian options are equally tantalizing. Fun fact: They offer stunning views of the surrounding karst mountains – a feast for your eyes to complement the feast for your belly.

Viman Vang Vieng's schnitzel and fried potatoes dish
Viman Vang Vieng’s famous schnitzel dish, photo courtesy of Viman Vang Vieng.

Location: MAP | Website

Opening Hours: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Contact: +856 20 59 123 403

Pizza Luka – Vang Vieng’s Pizza Haven

Let’s face it, sometimes we just want a good pizza. Pizza Luka is your go-to Italian spot. With a menu featuring both classic Margheritas and innovative creations, their mouth watering pizzas won’t disappoint. Beyond the delectable pies, it’s their attentive service and commitment to satisfying your taste buds that truly sets them apart. If you end up here, make sure you get yourself a scoop (or scoops, we don’t judge) of their delectable ice-creams!

Wood-fired pizzas at Pizza Luka Vang Vieng
Pizza Luka’s wood-fired pizzas, photo courtesy of Pizza Luka.

Location: MAP | Website

Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Contact: +856 20 59 123 403

Happy Mango Thai Restaurants – Your Gateway to Authentic Thai Flavors

Craving the irresistible taste of Thailand? Look no further than Happy Mango Thai Restaurants in the heart of Vang Vieng. While offering decent prices, it’s worth noting that they might be a tad higher than your local joints. However, what sets this place apart is not just the flavorsome Thai cuisine, but also the thoughtful amenities. With English menus, good Wi-Fi, and air conditioning, you can relish your meal in comfort. What makes them so unique is how they blend traditional and modern inspirations for an enjoyable dining experience.

Interior of Happy Mango Thai Restaurants in Vang Vieng
Interior of Happy Mango Thai Restaurants, photo courtesy of Happy Mango Thai Restaurants.

Location: MAP | Website

Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Green Restaurant – A Paradise for Plant Eaters

Whether you’re a devout vegan or a veg-curious traveler, Green Restaurant has got your back. From fragrant curries to stir-fried delights, this place serves up plant-based goodness that’ll make you a believer. It’s nestled in a peaceful spot, so you can enjoy your meal in tranquility.

plant-based pizza from Green Restaurant in Vang Vieng
Green Restaurant’s plant-based pizza, photo courtesy of HappyCow.

Location: MAP | Website

Opening Hours: 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Contact: +856 20 28 608 030

Sae Lao Project: Where Dining Makes a Difference

Dine with purpose at Sae Lao Project, a restaurant that goes beyond satisfying your taste buds. Indulge in authentic Laotian and Asian cuisine while knowing that your dining experience contributes to a noble cause. Every evening, the dedicated volunteers of the project provide free English lessons to children from different schools, supported in part by the restaurant. By choosing to dine here, you’re directly contributing to their goal of creating equality of opportunity and a brighter future for the local children. So, savor delicious flavors while making a meaningful impact in the heart of Vang Vieng.

Exterior of Sae Lao Project in Vang Vieng
Exterior of Sae Lao Project, photo courtesy of TripAdvisor.

Location: MAP | Website

Opening Hours: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Contact: +856 20 52 323 765

Gary’s Irish Bar – A Taste of Ireland in Laos

Transport yourself to the heart of Ireland without leaving Vang Vieng. Gary’s Irish Bar offers a cozy and welcoming ambiance where you can enjoy a true taste of the Emerald Isle. Delight in classic Irish dishes and international favorites, all served with a generous dose of Irish hospitality. Whether you’re craving a hearty meal, live music, or a pint of your favorite brew, Gary’s Irish Bar has it all. With a laid-back atmosphere and a lively crowd, it’s the perfect spot to unwind, connect with fellow travelers, and experience the warmth of Irish tradition in the heart of Laos. Sláinte!

A burger and fries Gary’s Irish Bar, photo courtesy of TripAdvisor.

Location: MAP | Website

Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM

Contact: +856 30 9407039

Where To Eat In Vang Vieng: Final Thoughts

And there you have it, our guide for where to eat in Vang Vieng. This city doesn’t just serve food; it serves up adventures with every meal. Whether you’re a dedicated foodie or an avid explorer, Vang Vieng has a treat in store for your taste buds and your sense of adventure. With flavors that will leave you craving more and culinary experiences you won’t forget, this is a place where you’ll bond with food lovers and create memories that will be shared for years. So, fellow travelers, if you’re ready for a mouthwatering adventure, heed Vang Vieng’s call!

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Nicole Basri is the Junior Marketing Assistant at Mad Monkey Hostels. When she's not working, you'll find her buried in a good book, or on a hunt for the perfect Matcha Latte.