Food Lover's Guide to Laos

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Bustling night markets, lively street vendors, and plenty of traditional sit-down restaurants have made Laos a destination for travelers looking to satisfy their taste buds. Here are some of the tastiest dishes and gastronomic experiences traveling foodies won’t want to miss.
 
Must-Try Dishes
Mok Pa, fragrant fish steamed with herbs in banana leaves, is a popular choice among locals, as is laap or larb, a traditional dish of raw meat piled with fresh herbs and spices. Chilis, lime juice, fermented fish sauce, and fresh herbs figure prominently in the local fare. Travelers without a stomach of steel can opt for khao jee, a Lao baguette sandwich, or airy rice crepes, both nods to Laos’ French colonization.
 
At the night markets of Luang Prabang and Vientiane, travelers sample street food favorites like fresh spring rolls packed with plenty of local herbs, as well as piping hot bowls of Laos’ own version of Vietnamese pho beef noodle soup. Richly roasted meats and whole fish line the stakes of smoking barbecues, and the spicy heat of Laos’ traditional stewed eggplant dish leaves visitors licking their lips and mopping sweat from their brows. No meal would be complete without a side of sticky rice.
 
Must-Do Experiences
  • Wake early for a visit to a traditional morning wet market in Luang Prabang to learn more about local products and exotic ingredients from the Lao jungles.
  • Trek through the Bolaven Plateau to a coffee plantation, stopping at a waterfall for a swim along the way.
  • Explore the food scene of Vientiane on a half-day tour, including breakfast, a market visit, and a traditional Lao lunch.
  • Learn how to pick fresh ingredients and prepare typical Lao dishes during a Lao cooking class led by a local chef.
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Half-Day Cooking Class in Luang Prabang

Discover the flavors of Lao cuisine with a combo market tour and cooking class in Luang Prabang. This half-day tour sets out in the morning, with round-trip transport by tuk-tuk from your hotel. You'll team up with an expert chef who shares secret recipes and oversees the preparation of a traditional meal for lunch.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$82.50 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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2-Day Bolaven Plateau Coffee and Hiking from Pakse

Explore the dramatic landscape of the Bolaven Plateau on a hiking and coffee tour from Pakse with an overnight in a local community. You’ll walk to scenic waterfalls, sample locally-grown coffee, join a traditional baci ceremony, then trek into the jungle to see a 1,000 year old rosewood tree at the base of the Dan Noy cliffs. With all transport by air-conditioned coach, this Bolaven Plateau tour includes pickup and drop-off at Pakse hotels, meals, accommodations, and activities.  
  • Duration: 2 days
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Lao Cooking Class in Luang Prabang

Work alongside local chefs during this popular Laos cooking class in Luang Prabang. Pick ingredients from the garden and learn about local herbs and produce that go into some of the nation's most flavorful dishes. Sample your creations and gain a deeper understanding of this cuisine during this memorable, interactive, small-group experience.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$57.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Early Morning Alms Giving and Wet Market

Take part in a Luang Prabang alms giving ceremony on an early morning tour that’s a fascinating introduction to Laos’ Buddhist traditions. You can simply watch as a procession of robed, barefoot monks walk by, or join in by presenting a monk with an offering of food, receiving a Buddhist blessing in return.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Lao Cooking Experience in Luang Prabang

Tempt your taste buds with an array of traditional Lao cuisine at this 4-hour cooking workshop in Luang Prabang. Soak up the atmosphere as you shop for ingredients at the local market, then learn to cook delicious Lao specialties during an expert-led cooking class. With a choice of private or small-group classes, you’ll enjoy plenty of one-to-one attention as you create an array of dishes, then tuck into your 4-course homemade lunch. Best of all: you’ll receive a recipe book to take away, so you can recreate your favorite dishes back home.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Vientiane including central market

With none of the transport infrastructure you’d expect in a capital city, Vientiane can be time-consuming to navigate. Soak up the sights on this action-packed guided tour that includes no fewer than six temples: Wat Si Saket, Ho Pra Keo, Pha That Luang, Wat Ong Teu, Wat Inpeng, and Wat Hai Sok. Enjoy a local restaurant lunch, see Patuxai (Victory Monument), tour the Central Market, and finish with a Mekong sunset.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$68.00 USD
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Luang Prabang Night-time Explorer

Take to the streets of Luang Prabang as the sun goes down and see how the evenings light up with culture, history and entertainment on this incredible tour. Taste delicious cuisine, watch the sun set over the mountains, and follow a local through some of the city's highlights and attractions. You'll visit a popular night club and sip strong cocktails at a lounge. It's the perfect way to unwind after a day of seeing the sights.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$51.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Full day cooking class with Luangprabang city tour (lunch included)

This case we provide who love foods and would like to try new taste, lao have many foods traditional and culture, these menu is not difficult for making which you can do by yourself. We have cooker beside you and wait to help you. Our chef they are kindly and sincerely to help you.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$146.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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SUNSET VIENTIANE FOODIE

Rub elbows with the locals at popular eateriesSip BeerLao while watching the sun set over the Mekong RiverSample tasty Lao cuisine, from barbeque to fried insects INTROSpend an evening tasting the best Vientiane has to offer! Start with a cold beer, joining locals as they wind down from a day of work. Then weave through vibrant street markets to sample a range of local fare from noodles to fried insects, barbequed meat to fruity ice cream.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$44.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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One day Solf trekking at coffee plantation (lunch included)

After your breakfast finished, We depart from Pakse at around 8:30am. We drive up to the Bolaven Plateau, then start your trekking for sightseeing tea and coffee farm, producted, livelihood and water fall then back to pakse.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$133.00 USD
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Full day City tour with lunch on local cruise, local market

This day tour we mix out side natural tour and city tour together, after you enjoy in city sightseeing famous temples and Stupa. we are going to bring you to have lunch on ngeum river cruise and let to see handicraft at local market.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$19.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Luang Prang Cooking Class

There’s no better way to discover the essence of Lao food than on a cooking course with an expert local chef. This morning or afternoon course starts at a market, where you learn about fresh ingredients and their usage. Next, watch a cooking demo, taste signature dishes, and decide which ones you’d like to prepare. Finally, cook up a storm and feast on your own homemade lunch.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$39.00 USD
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alms offering, cooking class, city tour and night market (Full day)

We select all interesting to do when you visit luangprabang, we spent a short time but you can see and do many things. start early with alms giving, cooking class, city tour and end at night market.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$157.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Bamboo Weaving and Cooking Class Half Day Join In Tour

Discover why bamboo is such a versatile part of Lao culture at a Luang Prabang cooking class that includes a lesson in bamboo weaving. You’ll use bamboo from beginning to end: weave thin strips into a souvenir mat, prepare a multi-course menu that uses bamboo as a flavorful ingredient in traditional recipes, then sit down to a bamboo-themed feast.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$63.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Laos Cuisine Cooking Class in Vientiane

Spend four hours working alongside local chefs during this popular Laos cooking class in Vientiane. Pick ingredients from the garden and learn about local herbs and produce that go into some of the nation's most flavorful dishes. Sample your creations and gain a deeper understanding of this cuisine during this memorable, interactive, small-group experience.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$109.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Luang Prabang Street Food and Biking Tour

Explore Luang Prabang and get your taste buds going by trying local street food and visiting food manufacturing places not seen by tourists. The walking and cycling is easy, takes only a half day, and was designed to allow you to safely try different local foods and discover places you wouldn’t otherwise go and have some fun along the way.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$32.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Alms giving ceremony and morning market with taste of local food and dinks

Experience a profound Buddhist tradition by joining the morning Alms giving ceremony in Luang Prabang, offering food to a procession of monks and try the local food, snack and drink in market..
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$30.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Luang Prabang Cooking Class in a Family Home

Discover the flavors and traditions of Lao cuisine with a half-day cooking class at a family home in a village near Luang Prabang, joining a host chef for a morning in the kitchen. Visit the market to select aromatic herbs and fresh vegetables, then cook your way through a traditional menu using seasonal ingredients. This 4-hour cooking class includes pickup and drop-off at your Luang Prabang hotel, and a Lao lunch that you’ll prepare yourself.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$72.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Traditional Market Tour and Private Laotian Cooking Class with a Local

Learn about food, culture and everyday Laotian living as you share a food experience with this former monk and his family. Si will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Luang Prabang's largest fresh market, Phosy Market. Together with his wife Nee discover local fruits and vegetables that you might not have seen before. With a few market fresh ingredients in hand, drive to Si and Nee's home to learn to cook an everyday Laotian meal. Learn to cook traditional Laotian cuisine from Nee, Si's wife who learned to cook watching her grandmother cook traditional Laotian family favorites. You will chop, stir and cook on wood fire as you learn to cook three dishes from scratch. After cooking, enjoy the Laotian meal you helped prepare at the family's indoor or outdoor dining table (weather dependent). Your meal includes authentic homemade dishes such as charcoal-grilled whole fish, bamboo shoot soup and stir-fried pumpkin with pork eaten with sticky rice.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$56.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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