First of all, let me say that Luang Prabang is the most unique, otherworldly place that I’ve ever been to. Laos is one of the poorest countries in Asia, but that doesn’t take away from the charm of the city or the constant smiles from the people.
You’ll read reviews that say Utopia is the spot to be at if you are in Luang Prabang.. but those reviews are wrong.
Dyen Sabai is so much better. It’s a hidden gem on the lesser touristy side of the city. The staff and the people are cooler too..and Dyen Sabai takes credit whereas Utopia does not. They have board games, great views and amazing Lao Fondu / BBQ. Make sure to get there early to get a good spot, watch the sun go down and then stay until close (11 PM – so that everyone can be back at their residences by midnight for the country’s curfew)
The restaurant looks out to the Nam Khan River (just off the Mekong) and to my other favorite thing in Luang Prabang: The Bamboo Bridge.