We ate at this restaurant several times and always enjoyed their food. It is located a few metres to the right from the road that goes down to the narrow bridge across the river. You can sit on Thai cushions at a small table where you can enjoy the view over the river. Excellent service from this family run business.
My intention was to go to Tam Lom but I loved this place so much i stayed here all day. I'm not fussy about my food, but i love fresh ingredients, salads, vegetables, but not bland stuff.
Fluid is just before you get the bridge to Tam Lom on the right hand side. It's right next to the river and has great views of the mountain peaks, you can chill on the platform or in the bamboo hammocks on the roof, i spent most of the time. It's quite a creative place, there's lots of junk art and some abstract paintings too. The guys who ran the place made me feel really at home and were super helpful with info about Vang Vieng.
The menu wasn't huge but had enough interesting dishes, lots of dips, some Thai salads, european salads and other fried veggies too. The curry's are also available in a veg option if you ask. I saw others eating some lemongrass skewers which looked nice, so theres also a good BBQ selection too. Free water as well, and clean toilets, which Vang Vieng has little of.
Favorite Dish: All of the food was delicious but I rather liked the Baba Ganoush (smoked aubergine dip), the tomato and basil salad was so nice with the balsamic dressing.
This restaurant/bar is located just off the main street that runs through the town. I came here in the mornings for breakfast which was superb (see photo). I had been to other Sakura's establishments in China and so knew what to expect.
Vang Vieng is really a chill-out town where backpackers come and relax, knock down a lot of alcohol and drugs, dance, "tube" and maybe do some caving. One thing you will unavoidably notice as you walk around, is hear and then see the US TV sit-com series Friends which is shown repeatedly on bootleg DVDs in restaurants and cafes where you'll find teens and older backpackers sitting on the floor with low tables and lots of cushions. If you don't like Friends then there are only a couple of alternatives and these are The Simpsons or Family Guy - which are always on TV back home. These places are a great place to relax but I wished they would show something else, even though I like to watch them back home.
After travelling for two months in Asia this restaurant in Vang Vieng was a big surprise. They not only serve a really good homebaked applepie, but also a variety of lao, thai and western food. This restaurant is an oasis. No tv´s just good food, relaxing music and and the cleanest toilets in Asia.
Favorite Dish: I have eaten in B&P a couple of times and my favorite dishes were the Tom Yam Kai, chicken with fried basil and a nice piece of applepie with whipped cream. They even serve a good espresso.
There are several food stalls when you enter the village on the first intersection (right after you get into town after crossing the airfield) and they sell delicious and interesting Vang Vieng foods that are popular with locals and Lao. They use local fish from Song river and they normally fry it or steam it. When steamed, they use local herbs and lemon grass in some fish. In fact, there are so many kinds of fish which you can try there - small or bigger ones; additionally there are few kinds of curries and soups and sauces, some vegetarian, vegan or with meat. Beside fish, you can find other kinds of meat too - pork, chicken, liver, buffalo.... all that is very common on Lao food markets. I was regular buyer there during my stay because I found there all I needed and because I trully enjoyed eating vegetarian and fish options.
If you want to try something really different then ask for steamed ant eggs with egg and spices wrapped in banana leaf (ask for 'khai mod som' in Lao) or steamed young bees (also wrapped in banana leaf). These delicacies have medicinal properties, so don't risk trying if you have sensitive stomach - not everyone can stand it well, even if you've been eating unusal foods before. I was also told that ants egg are also being used for anti-malarial properties in traditional medicine.
Normally the foods at stalls are cheaper than restaurant food and are eaten with sticky rice. You will take them away as they will pack them into small plastic bags or leaves. For fresh dish, go there between 9-10 or later in evening for night market foods.
Almost all menus in town appear to be photocopies of each other. Almost all places serve the same dishes at the same prices, but some have increased the prices since they are popular due to location and/or the constant episodes of Friends or Family Guy playback.
The ones on the main street play mostly DVD's while those just north (by ~3 minute walk) along the river just have chilled music.
Search around for best deal because except for the ethnic or foreigner-run restaurants, they all serve the same menu.
Or just choose your restaurant depending if you like Friends, Family Guy or want to listen to some chill music.
Favorite Dish: Don't pay more than 10,000 kip for either a sandwich or pancake.
Don't pay more than 30,000 kip for breakfast.
Don't pay more than 15,000 kip for any soup.
Thanks to growing popularity of VV there are nowsadays plenty of places to eat good food (local, international, vegetarian) in town. However, not every place benefits local comunity as much as Organic farm with its idea of 'sustainable farming' and improvement of lives of local kids and farm workers since the profits are circulating. The whole thing is explained on their web page below and Organic farm is becoming popular place to visit among those who support the idea of 'eco-tourism' in Laos. They have two restaurants in Vang Vieng - the smaller one in the town, 5 min from the bus station and another one is about 3 km North of town, by the Song river. Both have good organic foods. I prefer the latter since it is in nicer setting, though you'll probably go there by bike as it's a bit far to walk to. One of the things worth to try would be goat cheese but since it depends on thier goats it is not always available. Definitively must try is their own mullberry tea or fresh mullberry milk shake. They have quite a lot of foods on menu from vegetarian to meat dishes with inexpensive prices. Most of their products are home grown in their farm yard and some are sold by the restaurant (like silk, mullberry tea etc.). They also have some rooms to rent, if you'd like to stay near. In the end, that kind of place deserves attention and your money will be spent good there.
Favorite Dish: Fried spring rolls, shakes, mullberry tea, coffee, salads
That's small Indian restaurant by the main - straight road in town, has large menu, good veggie dishes and cheap prices. Nisha has 3 restaurants in Laos, another two in LPB and Phonsavan. The LPB Nisha seems to be more popular and crowded than VV one, but food I tried here in VV Nisha was much tastier and had better, friendlier service; it also looked cleaner than what I saw in LPB. In general it's nice place to try Indian foods.
Favorite Dish: Malai koftas here were my favourite I've eaten in Laos. But also other veggie foods are very nice.
Serve both international (Chinese, American, Italian, Turkish) and Laos dishes. The food itself is 'standard', nothing special but not bad. But this place is very popular for budget travelers (I don't know exactly why, cuz it's a little more expensive comparing to other smaller restaurants in the area) and a famous nothing-to-do evening hang out spot! I saw many young travelers, sitting here watching cable movies all day long.
Favorite Dish: I had Chinese-style stir-fried noodle and my friend had Stir-fried chicken with basil, they were OK. Most of the tourists ordered either burgers or kebabs, they seemed to enjoy it!
Best dishes and the most reasonable price in my entire trip!! This restaurant is very popular among the locals and Thai people. The food is original, authentic Lao's taste. It might be a little bit far from the GH center, but can definitely reached by bike.
Favorite Dish: Spicy Fish Salad (Koi Pla), Stir-fried Watercrest (Pad Paknum), Steamed Mekong Fish
All the bars serve the same food (like pizza's, noodles, chicken schnitzels, and so on)
They have those high tables on which you ly down. Just take your shoes off, and settle down the cosy and comfortable cushions, and relax.
It feels just like home......
Some people never leave the bars, they ly down and watch the tv for the whole day it seems.
We thought it was something special for a night it is OK.
But to do this for a whole week would go too far.
Favorite Dish: You can order here what ever you like, and it doesn't matter in which restaurant you are;
they all serve the same food for the same price.
The video's that you can watch are about all the same; like old friends-series.
Some of the restaurants try to get more people by showing the newest movies on tv, there illegal copies, that are sold also in the local shops.
The food itselve itn't bad at all. And sometimes it's OK to relax for one night and watch the good oldies on tv.
You meet many, many other backpackers in this area. But the whole thing is that this scene has nothing to do with travelling.
It could have been some town in Europe as well.
This restaurant was recommended in the Lonely Planet, and that was why we decided to go there. But we had our worst food experience of all Vang Vieng.
The idea of the organic, home grown veggies is Ok, but the taste was something else.
The atmosphere of the restaurant was less than average too.
I shouldn't go here again.......
The original Organic Mulberry Farm is at Phoudaeng, where they dropp you for the tubing. Here I enjoyed a cup of organic Mulberry tea, which was not bad at all.
The farm has started a project on a schoolbus to help the local children to go to school from the villages. This project we encouraged by a donation at the farm.
Favorite Dish: We ordered some local food, like laab (see the picture) and a mulberry shake.
The food was organic and home-grow at the mulberry farm, but we thought it was less tasty than average.
Our son ordered a dragonfruit shake, which looked like, and also tasted like concrete. NOT RECOMMENDED!
The Xayoh restaurant has two locations in Vang Vieng. You have the down town restaurant in the busy restaurant area, and there is also a restaurant near the Nam Song river at Ban Sabai bungalows. Partically this restaurant looks very good, the location is perfect with an super vieuw on the mountain range opposite the river.
The open air restaurant is decorated with very funny lanterns, which gives the place an oriental atmosphere. Too bad it rained when we were there, but we enjoyed the food anyway.
Favorite Dish: The Malay satay is excellent here. Just good with spices and perfectly grilled. We came again and again, and I just had to choose this satay time after time. Too bad I didn't made any pics of the food here!
They make excellent fruit shakes too, and we could order pizza's for the kids. They serve lao food as well, which is very good too.
The Xayoh group also has a restaurant at Vientiane, the capital.
There are a lot of restaurants in VV so you will be spoilt for choice, that is unlsess you want to sit at a proper table & chairs and not have American sit coms blasting out of the TV.
As you can see from my pic many of the restaurants provided recling day beds and tables it seems people spend their day eating Happy Pizza and watching rubbish on TV.
Favorite Dish: We did try a Happy Pizza which was very good but unless you are used th the so called "herbs" it isnt something you would eat everyday. I tried it because it seemed to be one of the attractions of VV but didn't go back for seconds.
There are a lot of other nicer things on the menu to choose from.