A disco or two, if you must...
If you really need to pick up the pace, than there are a few options to choose from. Keep in mind that I have not personally been to these places, but according to what I read, there are a few nightspots in Luang Phabang.
There is the Muang Sua disco attached to a hotel with the same name on Phou Vao Rd. Or several drinking spots such as Duang Champa (Kingkitsalat Rd facing the Nam Kham), L'Elephant (straight towards the Mekong from Villa Santi) and the most happening spot Maylek Pub (at Setthathilat and Visounalat).
At night its a great time to sit and sip a drink at one of the riverfront restaurants. There are many to choose from along both the Nam Khan and the Mekong. Personally, I enjoyed the restaurants along the Nam Khan more.
At the end of Thanon Xiang Thong: Thalat Laeng or Night Market
At dusk, the locals gather at the corner of Thanon Xiang Thong and Setthathilat to sell their goods. There they sell a variety of goods from antiques (real and fake), to textiles (imported and local). There is also a wide selection of freshly cooked food to eat.
It can get pretty surreal with the rows and rows of merchants and the glowing lights strung up down the center of the road. After our stroll through the market, you can stop off for a cup of coffee in one of the cafes along Thanon Xiang Thong.
Royal Palace Museum: Traditional Show
This is a pretty average tourist show of traditional dances. The actors go around town on the back of a truck trying to drum up interest. However, it is something to do at night if you're not into the cafe/hanging around thing all the time.
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Any place along the river: Tropical sunsets set the mood
Watching the sunset in a tropical setting is always a beautiful thing but with the inexpensive cafes that dot Luang Prabang’s riverfront, it is an affordable place to do it too. It’s a great place to meet fellow travelers and get the scoop on where to next and more importantly, how to do it cheaply.
Dress Code: Even if it is warm, wear long light pants, shoes and socks to fend off mosquitos. Wear repellent too as dusk is major feeding time at the mozzie zoo.
The Hive: Buzz off!
This place was so hip and trendy it almsot seemed out of place! It's a sweet spot with trees decorated with massive lights (watch ypur head if sitting outside, they pack a wollop!), a funky interior but sadly igher than average pirces meaning $1.20 US for a big bottle of Beerlao instead of your typical 70-80 cents! It's popular among backpackers and plays really chill music, it's also open the latest out of anywhere in town (most places shut down at 11, they kick your ass out at 1am).
Dress Code: Non-existent but try showering before you come.
The Hive: Meet and Greet Your Fellow Travellers
Almost everything closes at 11pm in Luang Prabang. The HIve is one of the few exceptions and generally open to 1am, sometimes even 2am. The place is pretty nice: it's just small enough to be cozy without being crowded. The people who run it really make an effort to make it a nice place to be at: The frequently have live music or special events - it's a good place.
Most travellers who stay in Luang Prabang seem to get here eventually, so that it's also a good spot to share some information with your fellow travellers or simply find a like-minded body for the rest of the night.
Dress Code: Typical traveller-outfit. A "Beer Lao" T-Shirt will make you blend in just nicely.
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Dancing: Night through night
I am not nightlife person and if I went out just for hang out with my friends for big bar people too crowded for me !. One of my friend wanted to see nightlife in Luang Prabang, just wondering how prople live in so quiet and such a small town like this! We heard that they were still have " Rom wong Dancing" ( some kind of traditional dancing)There 's only two place for dancing. one is " Duong Jom Pa" mostly are teenager....all Loas dancing the same step crowded on the floor...so cute!! . The another is for elder life style " Muang X oua" I do like this one, more traditional style have " Rom Wong dancing" women wear "Pra Xin" ( like skirt but more traditional )
Dress Code: Wear whatever you want to..but sometimes wear traditional dress with Rom Wong Dancing more beautiful !!!
royal palace: traditional show at the royal palace
Theorethically this should fall into the tourist trap cathegory, since it's your average tourist show of traditional dances. However it's so simply (and frankly, quite badly) done that one can consider it as a sort of charity, or a help to the economy. It runs a few nights a week, late in the afternoon (6pm to 8 pm if I remember correctly), and it's about the only nightlife one can get in Luang Prabang. I think the price was 10000 kips
Dress Code: as u like.
rooster madness: nighttime serenades
well, I do not look for nightlife usually and nightlife is not definetely a laos thing unless you're a rooster... in that case you'll probably be caught in the rooster karaoke going on all night long... that's why chicken is one of the main dishes down there
Dress Code: a pijamas will do
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