Unlike its neighboring Thailand, the nightlife scene of Vientiane – Laotian capital, which has evolved from a sleepy little Mekong fishing town into a city that seems to have finally found its voice, is more of a low-key affair. There is an ever-growing collection of restaurants which are stunning places to exchange travel tips with a backpacker on the same path as you or spark up a conversation with a chatty stranger.
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Lao Bowling Center
For families and those who are looking for a fun, alternative night out, the Lao Bowling Center in Vientiane is such a great entertainment option. In the daytime, Lao Bowling Center welcomes locals and travelers of all ages to come to enjoy the pleasant cool environment – a welcome break from Vientiane’s often blistering heat and discounted rates. As the evening progresses, the Beerlao starts to flow and the interesting music is turned up – two key factors which certainly create more of an exciting atmosphere. Be aware that you have to wait for a while if arriving during peak hours (around 22:00) as this center has only 10 lanes.
Spirit House really comes alive in the evening although this delightful little riverside spot is open from as early as 07:00 in the morning. It is the tasteful background music and stylish wooden interior that create that upmarket feeling that is lapped up by the mostly local and expat crowd who do not mind splashing the cash. And the quality is well worth your extra Kip. Spirit House is an exceptionally great place to visit and admire the spectacular sunset over the Mekong whilst sipping a drink from their wide range of international wines, beers and (as the name would suggest) spirits. Throughout the day, every kind of food from burgers to sushi on their impressive menu is served. Laos travel packages
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 23:00
Address: Beau Rivage Hotel, 09/093, Fa Ngum Road, Baan Seetarn Neua, Sikhottabong District, Vientiane
Vientiane Night Market and Mekong River
As the Mekong River is the main focal point of Vientiane, it is no doubt that this is the place where you can find the busiest night spot of this city. Stretching along an excellent part the recently renovated riverside promenade, the unmissable Night Market – or night bazaar is at its center. If you are looking for a souvenir of some kind, the iconic red-roofed market is worth a wonder, but the buzzing atmosphere, with the crowd of locals and travelers all converging on the riverfront to shop, eat, drink and exercise from early evening until around midnight is the real appeal of this area.
Opening Hours: From 6.p.m until midnight
Location: On the promenade next to Chao Anouvong Park
Vangthong Evening Food Market
Paying a visit to the Vangthong Food Market makes for an intriguing evening activity, stunning to get a real taste of both authentic Laotian food and life. This area around Rue Boulom becomes a hive of activity from around sunset (5.p.m); scores of motorcycles form a makeshift parking lot, barbeques are lit and food stalls pop up in a flash. Frequented by locals, Vangthong certainly is probably a sign of quality. Because of the huge range of tasty local snacks available – including spicy beef salads, fragrant fish cakes, grilled pork skewers, whole roasted, make sure you stop by on an empty stomach.
Opening Hours: 17:00 – 22:00
Location: Vangthong Food Market, Boulevard Khounboulom
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