Expert Tips for Laos' Best Restaurants

September 07, 2011
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Whether visitors want to try the spicy sweet specialties of the region or experience fine French dining, Luang Prabang offers quality cuisine for many different taste buds.

While the nature travel experiences are one of a kind in Laos’ lush countryside, the nation's cuisine is just as extraordinary. IE has built in time in Luang Prabang so that you can sample the country's culture and cuisine! Guests and our staff recommend kicking back at Tamnaklao, the Three Elephants Restaurant. This Australian-run establishment is widely considered to be one of the best places in the city to try authentic Lao cuisine.

Diners can choose from three set menus, which could include lahp pla, a spicy fish salad, or pork casserole in coconut milk. The casseroles are more like stew, and go great with sticky rice. Travelers can get a main course here for between 20,000 and 50,000 kip ($2.50-$6.50 USD), or they can attend a cooking class to learn about Lao cooking methods and local ingredients.

For visitors looking for an upscale dining experience, International Expeditions’ travel experts recommend L'Elephant Restaurant, a bistro run by French expats. Known for its fine dining, visitors can depend on a delicious menu. Local stock such as boar and venison make for popular specials, while French favorites like coq au vin and baked eggplant are also sure to please.