I have just returned from a Visa run to Laos, the usual 1 night in Vientiane and the overnight bus trips to and fro to get a new tourist visa to extend the time I can reside in LOS.
There has not been much posted here about the nightlife in Vientiane so here is what I did for amusement while I was there.
I started off in the late afternoon at a place called Tex Mex which is located on the road running along the river. Quai Fa Ngum I think it is called. This is a good place to sit outside and watch the passing parade of expats and tourists and locals. I made the acquaintance of 2 local girls while I consumed a couple of large bottles of my favourite Beer Lao and was invited to join them at another bar nearby. The three of us motored off very unsteadily on a motorbike to a place called Red Mekong.
Red Mekong is more upmarket than Tex Mex but being early evening there was not much action there. Had some more Beer Lao with them and played a little pool with the locals who do not have the skills of the average BKK Bar girl at this game. Maybe it heats up later. I had not eaten so left promising to return and continue with the 2 of them.
Dinner was quite reasonable and provided as part of the Visa run cost as was the accommodation in the Hotel Laos. This is not a new place but the rooms were clean and comfortable with even a large bath and hot water to fill it.
After dinner a group of us went to another place we had all heard about independently called Bor Pennyang which is on the 4th floor of a building again on the riverfront road between Rou Chao Anou and Boulevard Khounboulom.
This place has a great view over the Mekong river and drinks are not unreasonably priced. 5 of us drank all night for about 2800 baht including quite a few shots of various liquids.
There seemed to be little there in the way of suitable companions until about 9:30 pm when it started to fill up with a good selection of locals and tourists. Think of a place which is a cross between BKK Gullivers and Soi 7 Beer Garden and take out all the Cougars and that is what this place reminded me of. Care needs to be taken here as there were a few katoeys there that were really very convincing and had some of our group confused until right at the end of the night. Even then I am not so sure that one of them did not slip away with one of them later.
The action was all freelance with selection of P4P and Non P4P available. P4P seemed to be about 1500 to 2000 baht long time. Care needs to be taken in Laos as it is greatly frowned upon to take a girl back to your hotel and pay for her services. The hotel I stayed at seemed to turn a blind eye to this so it seems to be a visitor friendly place.
Quality wise there was a good selection ranging from â€’need beer goggles” to â€’would like to wake up next to her in the morning”. Lots of the usual eye contact and all the girls seemed to be there looking for company either to go on to a disco in a large hotel later or for some sort of other horizontal action.
There was good easy to listen to music that was not intrusive and did not inhibit talking and listening. Food is available and the Nachos ordered were very good. Overall it is a good place to either chill out or pick up and I would rate it a 5 stars for value and enjoyment.