Like everything else, Vientiane’s entertainment scene is picking up as money and politics allows, though the range fairly limited. You could make your way through all of Vientiane’s live music venues and nightclubs in a couple of hours. It would have taken a few years ago. Bowling and cinema are also gaining popularity. By law entertainment venues must close by 11.30 pm, though most push it to about mid night.
Centre culture et de Coopération Linguistique.
Tel: 215764; www.ambafirance-laos Org/centre, Add: Th Lan Xang, movies US$1; movies screenings 7.30 pm Tue & Thu, 3.30 Sat
Tel: 416374, Add: Th t4
This centre includes a cinema that shows a mix of cinematic fare at hard-to-pin-down times.
Hong Kanyailn; Add: Th Thong Khan Kham
Established in the 1980s is now known as Hong Kanyasin. It performs from time to time in the national Circus Venue, in the north of town.
TRADITIONAL MUSIC & DANCING
Laos Traditional Show
Tel: 242978. Add: Th Manthatulaat. Child / adult 4/7 USD still/video camera charge 1/3 USD
The National Theatre has a performance of traditional music and dancing aimed directly at the tourist market, and it’s quite good. It plays nightly, though only tourist season (from November to March). At other times it can be seen in the Lan Xang Hotel
On the Rock Pub
Add: Th Luang Prabang, 7.30 – midnight
Down land of Luang Prabang. On the rock is quite what was in its intimate old location, but it has still been know to put on a good show. The live music is usually rock, or some variation of rock.
Add: Th Fa Ngum. 8 pm – midnight.
The rock until the owners and the house band, had a dose of ‘artistic differences’. It still worths a look.
Tel: 020 200777. Add: Th Luang Prabang. Opening hours: 5 – 11 pm
A Western-US-style bar and restaurant, Wing West has in live Lao and Western Rock music most nights – the music usually starts about 10 pm.
Vientiane’s few nightclubs are split between big, independent affairs and those attached to a top-end hotel. Music is diverse, with DJs or sometimes live bands playing everything from electrified Lao folk (for Lám wóng circular dancing) to quasi-Westem pop, is usually dominated by the latest Thai hits. Clubbers tend to be younger Lao, though not exclusively so. There is generally no charge to enter, but the Beerlao is more expensive than elsewhere. All up, good Lao-style fun.
Conveniently, three of the better clubs within walking distance of each other on way to the airport.
Add: Th Lung Prabang. Opening hours: 8 pm – 1am
Add: Th Luang Prabang street, opening hours: 8 am – midnight.
Tel: 216 978. Add: Th Luang Prabang. Opening hours: 8 pm – 1 am
Austalian Embassy Recreation club
Tel: 314921. Add: Km3 Th Tha Deua. Opening hours: 6am – 8.30pm.
About 3 km out of town on the way to Thai-Lao Friend ship bridge, it’s universally known as “Australian club”, best known for its brilliant salt pool, right next to the Mekong River. There is also an air-con squash court (6 am – 8 pm). Short-term membership can be arranged for 10 / 20 USD single/ family per day, you could go as guest member.
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