Eating and Shopping in Luang Nam Tha
Posted Date: 11/15/20139:38 AM


Underneath a shady thatched roof, this entrepreneurial little restaurant captivates the falang market with Western breakfasts (even cornflakes) plus a long menu of fried chicken, pork and vegetarian dishes (spicy and mild), plus curries, Thai dishes and salads. It’s cheap and tasty food.
Panda Restaurant
Tel: 5663122 – Meals US$1.50-2.50 – Breakfast, lunch, dinner
The huge menu at this modest, open-air restaurant encompasses everything from (divine) pancakes and egg to fish on tomato chili, beef with basil and tasty tofu fry-ups. The fruit shakes are also delicious and it’s run by an affable family.
Huean Lao
Tel: 8211111 – Meal: US$1.50-3 – Lunch & dinner.
With its open-air, 2nd-floor dining room and polished wood floors, Heuan Lao easily has the nicest atmosphere of any eatery located in the northern part of town. The mostly Lao menu is authentic and tasty – try the dried pickled bamboo with pork or the tangy chicken with chili.
Manychan Guest House
Tel: 312209 – Meal: US$1.50-2.50 – Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
The roost popular falang venue in town has an extensive menu boasting Lao, Thai and tame Chinese dishes. The chef’s spell inVientiane and Luang Prabang restaurants has served the kitchen well and the buzzing tourists manage to wolf down their meals while swapping trekking tales and glasses of Beerlao.
Yamuna Restaurant
Meals: US$1.50-2.50 – Breakfast, lunch & dinner
The inventive menu at this lndian Restaurant satisfies subcontinent cravings with curries of all piquant as well as South Indian specialties like Masala dosal. The stock of tables are neatly oldered inside and out
Boat Landing Guest House & Restaurant
Tel: 312398 – US$ 2-5
Although it’s the most expensive place to eat in Nam Tha (but only by a small measure), the restaurant here serves the best and most authentic northern Lao cuisine you’ll find in Nam Tha outside the market. The menu includes a good selection of vegetarian dishes.
SHOPPING
Panfa Art
This small textiles shop on the main street sells some truly stunning scarve sand wall hangings made from raw silk. It’s all locally crafted and the workmanship of some of the pieces is quite bamboozling.
There’s also a tiny, nameless textiles shop (well the front of someone’s house really) opposite the Provincial Offices on the main street, which sells vivid silks, sin (traditional sarongs) and scarves at reasonable prices.
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