Ready to hear about one of the wildest towns I’ve ever been to? Here it comes…
Vang Vieng is a place I’ve never heard about until I came to the capital of Laos. When I was at my hotel a guy told me about this crazy town 150km north of the capital where you can pretty much do anything you want.
Drugs are sold blatantly in many bars. Alcohol is basically free. You can drive drunk and high. In daytime people are tubing down the river, while the locals set up temporary bars along the riverbank where you can get wasted on alcohol, marijuana, mushrooms, opium and laughing gas.
OF COURSE I had to check out such as place. I jumped on a bus and 4 hours later I arrived just before sunset. 😀
Nightlife in Vang Vieng
1: Most popular bars
2: Alternative bars that sell drugs
3: Special events
4: Naughty Vang Vieng
. 4.1: Bar girls in Vang Vieng
. 4.2: Freelancers
. 4.3: Happy ending massage
5: Map of nightlife in Vang Vieng
6: Video of nightlife in Vang Vieng
7: Book hostel
Vang Vieng is a paradise for backpackers and other people who like to take it to the edge. People start drinking at 10 am while tubing down the river. They continue to do this until the bars open at around sunset.
You will find bars all over Vang Vieng. Small bars, big bars, simple nightclubs, restaurants and hostels that serve alcohol. However, some bars are more popular than others, and some bars have more ‘happy stuff’ on the menu. I will tell you everything you need in this nightlife guide for Vang Vieng.
Most bars open around 19.00 when it gets dark and are open until after midnight.
Sakura bar is probably the most popular bar in town. The reason is simple. They offer totally free drinks from 19.00 to 20.00. There is no twist or condition. Just meet up in the bar at this time, and you will get free whisky for an entire hour.
The bar has a cool design with a dancing floor in the middle, while in the backyard there is a big area with lower volume you can sit while talking with people. In the front there was long tables where people played beer pong.
Free drinks: 19.00 – 20.00
Happy hour: 20.00 – 21.00
Open: 19.00 – 00.00
Viva Pub is another popular bar in Vang Vieng. This place offer free drinks from 22.00 to 23.00. Everyday there was a stream of people who walked from Sakura Bar to Viva Pub so they could get the free drinks there also.
This place is more like a nightclub. There is almost no seating, just a big dance floor indoors. The sound system is decent, but I think they played waaay to loud.
Free drinks: 22.00 – 23.00
Happy hour: 23.00 – 00.00
Open: 20.00 – 01.00
This place had just opened. It looked pretty dope. The sound system was awesome and the decorations and lights looked very good.
However, one thing was missing; people.
And I think I know the reason. Most people who come to Vang Vieng are backpackers on very low budgets. People drank as much as they could when Sakura Bar and Viva Pub had free drinks, just to save some bucks.
Then most people stayed those bars after free drinks as there was already a lot of people there and a lot of fun.
Free drinks: –
Happy hour: –
Open: 20.00 – 01.00
There was a lot of hot girls all around town every night. Thai girls, Chinese girls, Korean girls, Japanese girls and Western girls. At midnight most of them was so wasted on alcohol and mushrooms that you could literally pull them out of the bar and guide them gently to your bedroom.
The same is true for the guys. They were way too wasted and did not really hit on girls. So if you take it a little bit easy on the drugs you have a big advantage. You can get a lot of flags in this town.
Milan Pizza is just on the opposite side of Viva bar. This place was not popular because of free drinks or an awesome dance floor.
Milan Pizza is one of the few bars that offers a ‘happy menu’. Marijuana, opium and mushrooms can be bought here at any time when the bar is open. As long as you take the drugs inside the bar police will not harass you.
You could also buy happy pizza, happy soup or happy pancake. It’s really up to you.
Just like Milan Pizza. This place offer an alternative menu with a lot of different drugs.
This place blast out reggae all day long.
This was the only place I saw that is making fruit shakes with mushrooms or marijuana.
This was probably the most popular bar in Vang Vieng that offered an alternative meny.
This place was full of people from early afternoon until midnight. Just being close to this bar, and you could smell the marijuana.
I’m all for legalizing drugs. I think adults should have the right to decide what substance they want to poison their body with. Alcohol or whatever. Taking drugs is an act without a victim, and it’s just stupid to punish people for it. Save the prisons for the rapists and murderers.
When that is said. People react very different on different drugs, and when you take more than one drug at a time it can quickly become overwhelming, especially if you are not used to taking drugs. Every night there was people freaking out after taking mushrooms. Mushrooms is not dangerous, but it will make you see and feel things you probably aren’t prepared for.
Also. Always stay inside the bars. As soon as you go outside the bars with any drugs, there are local police / mafia in civilian that will pull you away and take you to the police station.
The current bribe for getting busted with drugs in Vang Vieng is 5 million kip (600 dollar). That is roughly a one year salary for an average police man in Laos, and it will absolutely hurt most people’s travel budgets.
Every Friday night there is a jungle party around 3 km outside town.
There is a dance floor that is decorated in trees and bushes, a African man that plays drums and several bars where you can buy alcohol. That’s what I remember from that place.
Every bar sell tickets to the event. Tuktuk drivers pick up people outside Viva Pub and Milan Pizza.
Tubing is another very popular activity in Vang Vieng. You basically take a tuk-tuk 4km upstream, then you tube down the river until you reach the town again. A long the river bank there will be many temporary bars set up where you can take a drinking break from the tubing.
I’ve heard this activity was much wilder in the old days with hundreds, even thousands of people tubing down the river daily. Then people started to die and it hit the international news. NGO’s started to complain then everything got shut down.
However, there are still some tubing activities going on, and personally I think it was pretty wild even today.
Naughty Vang Vieng
Vang Vieng have a small naughty nightlife scene. It’s very hidden and discreet and not like you will find in most cities in Thailand where the sex trade is going on right in your face.
Bargirls in Vang Vieng
There is a redlight district hidden just outside town. I found this place totally random while driving around on my motorbike.
It was about 7-10 small stalls with around 5 to 10 girls in each. I asked mamasan about prices. It could be anything from 150.000 to 750.000 kip. The white skinned girls was the most expensive, if she was hot or not didn’t matter.
There was a lot of cute young girls here. They looked really confused when I came there so I don’t think white guys come there very often. I did see some guys go with girls here the 15 minutes I was here, all was Asian guys.
Freelancers in Vang Vieng
There were freelancers in the bars and in the streets. However, many of them were ladyboys from Thailand coming here to party and maybe make som extra cash on the side. I also met som Thai girls that would go with me to the hotel for 1500 baht.
However, I didn’t see the need as there were plenty of drunk girls around ready for some fun for free.
Happy ending massage
I had several massages when in the parlors that was close to the popular bars. None of them offered any type of happy ending. You even shared room with other men so something more ‘fun’ would not be possible here.
Several tuktuk drivers offered me to take me to ‘good massage’, so I’m sure there exist something, but I didn’t find it myself.
Lao girls in Vang Vieng
Soo.. What’s up with Lao girls?
Lao girls has to be some of the most beautiful girls I’ve ever encountered. They carry themselves with such style and elegance that you just end up staring at them until it gets almost creepy. I almost drove of the road several times when I drove past groups of Lao girls.
I talked with several Lao girls, and while they were shy, their smiles could light up the dark side of the moon. Not to forget that they were very friendly. Most of them wear the traditional dress, the sinh, that covers up most of their body.
This dress is not supposed to be sexy, but I still found it sexy in a strange way. 😀
They are all tall, skinny, have big lips, big smiles, perfect make up, red lips and perfect posture.
There is just one big problem….
… IT’S ILLEGAL TO BANG THEM AS A FOREIGNER…………….
Yes, you need to be married and have the proper documents in order before you can bang a Lao chick. I met several cute Lao chicks in the bars around Vang Vieng, but I was very hesitant on bringing them back to my hotel.
I talked with many of the foreigners that worked in the bars there, and it’s totally normal that the hotels call the cops as soon as you enter with a Lao girl. They will raid your hotel while you are banging her, and they will meet up with flashlights and cameras so they have proof.
Any foreigners who bang a Lao chick risks paying up to 5000 dollars in fines / bribes to local police chiefs. That’s big money… 🙁
Not only that. The girl you banged risks ending up in prison without trial for a very long time and she will be considered ‘de-flowered’ by her entire village. Not cool.
If you want to meet Lao girls you are much better of in Thailand. There is a ton of them there. You wont get in trouble for banging them in Thailand and their family still think they are virgins. In Nong Khai and Udon Thani there are ton of Lao girls that works in bars and restaurants. Take your pick.
There is a lot of activities in daytime except tubing. The scenery in Vang Vieng is some of the most beautiful and untouched nature I have ever seen. You have blue lagoons, caves, mountain tops, rural villages and amazing scenery everywhere ready to be explored!
Renting a motorbike is cheap and just as easy as in Thailand. Traffic is very calm so I absolutely recommend doing that.
Here are some scenery pictures I took on this trip. Click the pictures for full size.
If you are thinking about doing some serious exploring with motorbike I do recommend buying a medical mask. This place is very dusty and you will get itchy in your throat after some days.
You also want to be back before sunset as there are no street lights as soon as you are outside Vang Vieng. Most villages don’t even have electricity.
Vang Vieng has potensial!!
Now imagine this. Every weekend a ton of tourists comes to Vang Vieng to let loose. What happens in Vang Vieng stays in Vang Vieng. Really, the place doesn’t even have decent Internet!!
I met girls here from Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, all over Europe and the US. People come here for all kind of reasons. The nature, the rivers, mountain climbing, tubing and getting wasted on drugs.
At night everyone ends up in the two most popular bars, Sakura Bar and Viva Pub. They all get wasted on free whisky, mushrooms and weed. Most girls stay in cheap dorms with no AC.
Then you come around telling girls about your air conditioned bachelor pad a stone’s throw away. You have cheap whisky ready in the refrigerator and a very comfortable king-sized bed ready for action!
You’d be king in town !!!
Yes, there are downsides to this town. It’s very dusty, there is almost no infrastructure, the place have no decent hospital and the mongering is limited.
But who cares..? I’m not saying you should stay there forever. Staying 3-4 months would be plenty, you could get a ton of flags at nighttime and cruise around on your beaten up motorbike in day time. That’s freedom! 😀
Vang Vieng had a small expat community, so you wont be alone up there either. Most of them are professional drugs addicts while they ‘work’ in the bars (keeps the bar running while they get free food, a place to stay and alcohol in return). That way they can stay on the road a little longer.
However, I met some motivated expats up there who was really trying to start up their businesses. One guy had a computer with VR glasses. A lot of tourists wanted to try that while they were high on mushrooms and/or weed. He made a lot of money.
Map of Nightlife in Vang Vieng
Video of Nightlife in Vang Vieng
Hotels in Vang Vieng
Find the best hotel and hostel deals at Agoda by clicking the link under. I had a private room at the hostel Real Backpackers. This hostel was in the middle of town just next to the two most popular bars in town, Sakura Bar and Viva Pub.