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Food Lover's Guide to Laos

By Viator, April 2018

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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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Lao Cooking Experience in Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang, null
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Lao Cooking Experience in Luang Prabang

Experience the flavors of Laos by immersing yourself in the life of a local chef. Visit the farmers market for authentic ingredients and cook a 4-course lunch ...  Read more

Location: Luang Prabang, Laos
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.00
One day Solf trekking at coffee plantation (lunch included), Pakse, Cooking Classes
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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 ...  Read more

Location: Pakse, Laos
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $133.00
Full day cooking class with Luangprabang city tour (lunch included), Luang Prabang, Coffee & Tea ... 
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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 ...  Read more

Location: Luang Prabang, Laos
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $146.00
alms offering, cooking class, city tour and night market (Full day), Luang Prabang, Cooking Classes
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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 ...  Read more

Location: Luang Prabang, Laos
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $157.00
Full day City tour with lunch on local cruise, local market, Vientiane, Cooking Classes
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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 ...  Read more

Location: Vientiane, Laos
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $19.00
Half-Day Luang Prabang Cooking Class in a Family Home, Luang Prabang, Market Tours
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Half-Day Luang Prabang Cooking Class in a Family Home

Drive out to a local village to meet your host family, and then head off to the market to buy your ingredients, get ready for cooking experience in Laotian ...  Read more

Location: Luang Prabang, Laos
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.00
Bamboo Weaving and Cooking Class Half Day Join In Tour, Luang Prabang, Cooking Classes
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Bamboo Weaving and Cooking Class Half Day Join In Tour

Take part in a relaxing bamboo weaving exercise (using thin strips of bamboo), then help make your own delicious lunch using bamboo-themed ingredients. All in ...  Read more

Location: Luang Prabang, Laos
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.00
Alms giving ceremony and morning market with taste of local food and dinks, Luang Prabang, Cooking ... 
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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 ...  Read more

Location: Luang Prabang, Laos
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $30.00
Luang Prang Cooking Class, Luang Prabang, Market Tours
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Luang Prang Cooking Class

After picked up and gathering in the cooking class, you will be with the local chef go to market to pick up ingredients made by the local people and ...  Read more

Location: Luang Prabang, Laos
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.00
Laos Cuisine Cooking Class in Vientiane, Vientiane, Cooking Classes
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Laos Cuisine Cooking Class in Vientiane

Learn how to prepare popular Laos dishes with this 4-hour cooking class. Make some simple dishes on your own with ingredients from a garden on the Mekong ...  Read more

Location: Vientiane, Laos
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.00

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