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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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!