Top things to do in Phonsavan

Top Choice Cultural Centre in Phonsavan

Xieng Khouang UXO-Survivors' Information Centre

This unexploded ordnance (UXO) information centre and colourful, upbeat shop sells silk laptop bags, purses and handicrafts made by UXO survivors. Aside from displays including bomb parts and harrowing stories of re…
Cultural Centre in Phonsavan

UXO Information Centre (MAG)

Decades after America's Secret War on Laos, unexploded bombs and mines remain a devastating problem throughout this region. Visit the thought-provoking UXO Information Centre, run by British organisation MAG (Mines …
Italian in Phonsavan

Lao Falang Restaurant

Sister of Lao Falang Travel Service, this spacious, stylish and impeccably clean Italian restaurant is run by a friendly Genoese man who speaks four languages. Highly recommended for alchemising sirloin steak, lamb …
International in Phonsavan

Bamboozle Restaurant & Bar

True to its name, with bamboo walls plus pretty lanterns strung from its ceiling, Bamboozle dishes up thin-crust pizza, salads, pasta dishes, good-sized cheeseburgers and terrific Lao cuisine. Add to this chilled be…
Fusion in Phonsavan

Cranky-T Café & Bar

Cranky-Ts has a stylish red-wine-coloured and exposed-brick interior, with the eponymous owner creating mouth-watering salads, sashimi, smoked-salmon crêpes and hearty fare like NZ sirloin with mash to fill you up a…
Indian in Phonsavan

Nisha Restaurant

Cream-interiored Nisha is tidy and simple but the real colour is found in its excellent cuisine. The menu includes all the usual suspects like tikka masala and rogan josh, curries and a wide range of vegetarian opti…
Market in Phonsavan

Fresh Food Market

This market stocks exotic fruits you won't typically see elsewhere in Laos, such as Chinese pear. Other local delicacies include nok ąen dąwng (swallows stored whole in jars until they ferment) and hét wâi (wild mat…
Farm in Phonsavan


This is a fair-trade silk farm that offers interesting free visits including a complete introduction to the silk-weaving process from cocoon to colourful scarves. If you're feeling inspired you can sign up for a hal…
Bar in Phonsavan


Try this simple shack for sunset beers over the rice-paddy fields. Locals gather here to play guitars and munch on barbecued meat.
Laotian in Phonsavan

Sanga Restaurant

The venue is a bland box of a front room but the meals are unexpectedly accomplished for such sensible prices. The chicken láhp (minced pork salad with shallots and coriander) is especially tasty and the steak and c…