One of the things that prejudiced me against Laos from my first exposure was the lack of nightlife I found in Savanakhet. I'm a night guy - I don't like quiet, sleepy places. Mukdahan is New York city compared to Savankhet. But, as Somsai quite fairly points out, Savanakhet is not all of Laos. So, thinking about it, and just reading some other posts, I decided to ask the question - what cities in Laos, if you are interested in decent nightlife, are the places to be?
#1 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
So why don't you give me the answer?
This subject never came up before to my knowledge. We've talked around it, but not directly to it.
#3 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
Maybe you should define nightlife in your opinion.
To some it's probably a quiet dinner, to others it may involve bars, nightclubs/discos, parties etc.
#4 furneburner has been a member since 5/9/2009. Posts: 180
I belong to the "others" category.
#5 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
"So why don't you give me the answer?"
Because you have had the answer before.
Vientiane has a number of bars and discos. There is also the odd concert, eg a string trio played Beethoven this week. These concerts are very infrequent, though. Vang Vieng has a lot of bars. Luang Prabang is a bit quieter, but there are certainly watering holes and the odd disco to find.
How about Paxse?
Where I live there are a lot of bands, including one I would describe as "Isaan folk" that is EXCELLENT.The band leader owns the bar - so they play there daily. Anything like that you can recommend in Vientiane when I go there as I know Carol doesn't get out much.
#7 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
When you going Mac?
#8 furneburner has been a member since 5/9/2009. Posts: 180
Don't know just yet - sometime in the spring of next year. I promised my cousin I'd come out and see her place. If I can cross the Mekong on my bike, then I'll ride up the river on the Laos side and back down on the Thai side.
#9 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
Secrets was definitely thin... Laos doesn't attract the monger crowd much. Already asked there.
I'll be surprised if Carol knows much or has friends who do. But I'll ask her. A good band would be a start.
#11 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
I found Pakse to be pretty quiet. There are a few areas that get a lot more activity than the rest of the city, but even these are quiet in comparison to almost any mid-size Thai town.
There is a stretch of riverside bars/restaurants that get lots of people in for dinner and drinks, but later in the evening they seem to empty out. This often corresponds with the places running out of food.
The backpacker area can be busy later into the evening, but certainly would not fall under the definition of nightlife as it's being used here.
The most Laotian nightlife I witnessed in Pakse was a group of middle aged men drunk out of their gourds falling all over a table of younger couples trying to enjoy a leg of freshly killed muntjac at around 10:00 pm. Good times ...
Pakse has at least one or two "nightclubs" near the riverside. One is called Lotty or somesuch. It was mostly karaoke sung from the tables until 10 PM or so, but after that there was usually 30-90 mins of music and dancing until the place closed :). Mixed young and middle-aged Laotian crowd who were amused to see men dancing. Didn't see any other foreigners there, but then it was low season.