The Samlo Pub

Everyone's favourite dive bar

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What we say: 3.5 stars

The Samlo Pub is almost as much of a Vientiane icon as the three-wheeled vehicles that are its namesake.

Even though it's kind of a dive, the pub has been lovingly maintained for its older expat regulars and has two bars to keep the drinks flowing when the pub fills up around 22:00. With TVs showing sports, classic rock music on the speakers and a busy pool table, it can get pretty noisy inside, but that's part of Samlo's charms.

It's a popular spot for sex workers who despite the small space, don't get too pushy, although they do have a habit of hogging the fusball table. The pub tends to stay open later than most, usually until 01:00 or so, and anyone still wanting a drink after last-call shares a tuk tuk to one of the Lao discos. There is usually a banana pancake man waiting outside to supply you with late night snacks.

Contact details
Samsenthai Rd
T: (021) 222 308
Open: Daily 19:00-01:40
About the author
Born in Aarhus Denmark, Ivana got her first passport at 6 months old and moved to Southeast Asia in 2009 to work as an English teacher and find new cultural windows in which to peep.

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