The Best Pizza in Southeast Asia

best pizza in southeast asia

I’ve eaten lots pizza in Southeast Asia. Now, before you get critical, please know that I love nothing more than trying delicious and cheap local fare. I give into my cravings, though. You see, for me, pizza is the ultimate comfort food and it’s vital to my life. My college friends and I had an ongoing joke about how much pizza we could consume in one sitting – a personal challenge we often tried to beat on the weekends.

Before I left Chicago for Korea, one of my best friends and I competed in a [personal] challenge in which we tried to see how many pizzas we could individually consume within seven days. In case you were wondering, the answer is nine. We ate nine pizzas in the week leading up to my departure.

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Lest we not forget the time this nugget and I were teammates in a (real) tater tot eating contest. We came in second place by less than three seconds.

I’m certainly no pizza connoisseur. In fact, I still have yet to travel to Italy, the birthplace of my ancestors and favorite food of all time (Although, that’s changing soon – more on that later.) Until the opportunity arises, though, I’m happy to indulge in the places I am able to travel.

I’ve decided to help anyone out who’s on a quest for a great pizza while they’re on the road in Southeast Asia. If you’re reading this and you’re wondering, “Why is she eating pizza in Southeast Asia?! She should be eating local fare for EVERY SINGLE MEAL!” then I must say: whatevs. For those who understand that long-term travel means Western food splurges from time to time, here’s a guide to [what I think is ] the best pizza in Southeast Asia.

1. ESPY Pizza – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

James and I stumbled upon this magical place while exploring our neighborhood in Ho Chi Minh City one lazy afternoon. We saw it, Trip Advisor stalked it and conquered later that evening. The pizza joint gives customers an option to add a variety of toppings such as roasted garlic or jalapenos to the already delectable slices, which is something I can certainly get behind.

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The slices were served piping hot and paired with hot sauce, parmesean, oregano and red pepper flakes. It had been awhile since we’d been offered that full spread, and I’m happy to report it tasted just like home. The thick, crunchy crust, perfectly seasoned sauce and generous amounts of toppings and cheese makes this place earn the top spot. At around $3 USD a slice, ESPY is a bit on the pricy side for pizza in Southeast Asia, but it’s totally worth it – I promise. ESPY Pizza, I love you. Call me.

10/10 would do again.

Location: 154 Cống Quỳnh, Hồ Chí Minh, phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Vietnam

 

2. Utopia – Luang Prabang, Laos

I was hesitant to eat at Utopia. I loved the incredibly cheap street food tucked away in the Luang Prabang alleyways, but after awhile, a girl can only eat so many baguette sandwiches and stir fries. James and our friend Pieter taste tested the pizza on multiple occasions before I finally decided to try it out. It was still early in our trip; I didn’t want to be a sell-out and order pizza. Well…

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This is hands down some of the best pizza I’ve ever eaten in my life, let alone in Southeast Asia. The crust was warm and thick and the toppings were plentiful; I just wish there had been more sauce. It also helps that the restaurant has the best atmosphere in town. PROTIP: Head to Utopia for dinner at dusk and stick around for discounted drinks later that evening.

8.5/10. MOAR SAUCE, PLZ.

Location: Kingkitsarath Rd, Luang Prabang, Laos

3. La Pizza – Bagan, Myanmar

I wasn’t really expecting to eat western food in Bagan, but it was a bit difficult not to. Most of the restaurants in town offer Thai food, Chinese food and, oddly enough, Italian food. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that many of the chefs in town make their own pasta dough! I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised though, as most everything is made from scratch – one of the many reasons Myanmar is so special.

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The wood-fired Neopolitan-style pie is smaller than average; most customers ordered their own. James and I split a pie and a ridiculously large (and filling!) salad. You definitely won’t regret resting your bones here after a tiring day of cruising around the temples of Bagan! My only complaint is they didn’t offer hot sauce of any kind. Although Western fare is extremely popular in Bagan, we ate at some really great Burmese-style joints. For more information on which local fare you can eat in Bagan, check out the ultimate itinerary for three weeks in Myanmar.

8/10. Good thing I had my personal bottle of hot sauce in my purse. 

Location: Thi Ri Pyitsaya 4 St, Nyaung-U, Myanmar 

4. Olive & Olive – Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Our time in Sihanoukville didn’t really go as planned. After spending a couple completely rained out days in Kampot, we made our way to the beach town with the hopes of island hopping and chillin’ hard on Otres Beach. Luck would have it that we spent another three days in Sihanoukville reading our books and cursing the sky due to the storms.

One benefit of being stuck inside was meeting some really lovely people in our hostel. This place was highly recommended by a sweet Dutch gal who went there not once, not twice but three times during her time in Sihanoukville. I’m not sure whether it was the fact that this place was in such close proximity to our hostel or the fact that it costs $5 USD for a massive cheese pizza, but this place is certainly a must for those interested in eating pizza in Southeast Asia.

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While the gargantuan pizza may look intimidating, it’s actually quite easy to devour as the slices are extremely thin and not too filling. I’m under the impression that every pie has potential to be a personal one, but those who are on a tight budget or simply watching their waistlines may opt to split the cost with a friend.

7/10. Loved it, but it was really oily.

Location: Serendipity Road, Krong Preah Sihanouk 18000, Cambodia

5. Famoso – Koh Tao, Thailand

This pizza reminds me of #4, except way more expensive and far less oily. After completing my PADI Open Water SCUBA Course, I naturally celebrated with some beers and a pizza. Not only was this pizza served with a delicious salad, but it was extremely filling as well. While I would say the $8 price tag was holding me back from returning again, I absolutely would had I spent longer than one week on the island.

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The staff is super friendly and attentive, which certainly helps! While $8 is certainly not too expensive, bare in mind that I’d spent a large sum of money on my Open Water and Advanced Open Water SCUBA courses during my 8 days on Koh Tao. Gotta cut the spending somewhere!

7/10. Ze price’a is’a too high’a.

Location: 6/13 Moo 2, Tambon Ko Tao, Amphoe Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani, 84280, Thailand

 

So, there you have it: a comprehensive guide to the best pizza in Southeast Asia. If you’ve been to any of these places or think I should add any different spots to the list, let me know! If you liked this post or want to share the love, be sure to PIN the image below to your favorite Pinterest board!

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20 Comments

  1. July 17, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    Lol Laura, I love your pizza enthusiasm! South East Asia’s pizza game looks way better than South Korea’s! So sick of sweet pickles and sweet potato crust! I love trying local dishes when I’m away but I always find myself craving something Western after a while- pizza usually hits the spot 🙂

    • July 17, 2016 / 11:29 pm

      Yeah the pizza in Korea is horrific. I will say, though, Brick Oven Pizza in Gangnam is excellent if you’re ever in the area and in the mood for pizza. The guy literally studied how to make pizza in Italy and in America to open up his place in Korea. He’s incredibly kind and refuses to serve things like pickles with the meal as that isn’t a thing outside of Korea. We love local fare but pizza is always the go-to when we get sick of eating street food for every meal and want a sit down experience and semblance of normalcy!

  2. July 21, 2016 / 10:17 am

    I would never even think of eating pizza in SE Asia but these all look appetising and it’s also my fave comfort food! 🙂

  3. July 21, 2016 / 10:57 am

    I love pizza! I wish I had read this before I went to Vietnam 🙂 I am saving it for future reference!

  4. July 21, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    I am really surprised you could find such good pizza in southeast Asia! Since I have been living in NYC, I have become a little bit of a pizza snob, and these look really good!

  5. July 21, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    Now I’m so hungry!!! lol Love this post and your dedication to pizza! Korea has some pretty crazy pizza toppings…. corn and honey is on everything!

  6. July 21, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    Hey Laura, I’m from Chicago too! Looks like you didn’t find any deep dish.. but these look great!! Just out of curiosity, were most of these places run by Asians or by Westerners?

  7. July 21, 2016 / 9:56 pm

    I’m gad you found a few good places to eat pizza in Asia. ESPY Pizza actually looks pretty good! I love pizza too, but can’t say eating nine in one week is something I could do easily.

  8. July 22, 2016 / 12:09 am

    Zero judgment here – I am made of pizza and wine. Every new place I go to I try and get local pizza – it is very important to know where the BEST pizza comes from <3

  9. July 22, 2016 / 11:42 am

    It all looks amazing and delicious! Different and interesting. Glad you enjoyed a lot of it!!

  10. July 22, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    I don’t usually associate SEA and pizza but still this looks good. I had “Happy Pizza” in Cambodia which was pretty good.

  11. July 22, 2016 / 6:03 pm

    While I am not a massive pizza fan (don’t faint), I love your post and might even consider visiting some of these places next time I am in SE Asia. Utopia’s one looks so good (I am really hungry at the moment)

  12. July 23, 2016 / 9:34 am

    Wow, this is such an unusual kind of post but I love it! Big fan of pizza but can’t actually remember eating any SE Asia. Understand the cravings though, it’s always nice to have a bit of variety. For me it’s usually trying to find decent Vietnamese or Sushi in Europe.

  13. July 23, 2016 / 11:23 pm

    You know, sometimes you just need a bite of home, right? That pizza from Utopia looks awesome. Sad thing is, we’ve probably had some of the worst pizza right in the States!

  14. July 24, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    This post made me smile and hungry! I’ve noted your Ho Chi Minh City choice, as we’re going there later this year!

  15. July 25, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    That is a lot of Pizza! They all look so yummy as i eat my strawberries and drink my protein shake lol.

  16. July 27, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    Lovely post! I would love to do this for a specific region…mainly as an excuse to eat a lot of pizza!

  17. July 29, 2016 / 8:31 am

    This is the post for me! Now I know exactly where to go when I finally do my SE Asia trip haha.

    Korea has some really great pizza places though, or at least we do in Busan. SOL (Slice of Life) Pizza is amazing. Gorgeous NYC style pizza, and they just opened SOL Taphouse in Gwangan, right by the beach 🙂

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