Vangthong Food Market is the place to come from sunset onwards to sample the best of everyday Laotian food that is authentic, delicious and amazing value.
Some tourists may worry that the food preparation is less than sanitary but it is such a popular eating spot that demand is high and the ingredients are always fresh. The market opens just before sunset, and runs parallel to Boulevard Khounboulom. For those who get lost easily, a nearby landmark is the National Stadium which is on the opposite side of the road. Find the stadium and you’ll smell the market.
The best way to experience Vangthong is to simply stroll from one end to the other, buying small quantities of the varied snacks and treats on offer. There is limited seating on offer so barbecued meat, such as bing gai (grilled chicken) or bing moo (pork on skewers), is always popular, of course with the obligatory khao niew (sticky rice).
Vangthong Market is swarming with locals either here for an enjoyable evening, or picking up take-away food on their way home from work. This is a living market, not something developed with tourists in mind – although foreigners are always warmly welcomed. As you walk past each stall, you will see how efficiently the meat is prepared. Nose-to-tail dining is growing in popularity throughout the world, but at Vangthong Market, this method of cooking and preparing food has always been a way of life.