Compared to the hectic, bustling capitals in other Southeast Asian countries, Vientiane’s deliciously relaxing atmosphere makes it feel like the small town it is. After you’ve done the round of temples, the best thing to do here has always been to wander down to the riverside, relax with a cold Beerlao – the Lao national beer – and watch the sun set over the Mekong.
Of course, the booming tourism industry is changing this by slowly but surely bringing the excesses of Thailand and China to this formerly sleepy city. It has also become famous for bedbugs. Just like any other Southeast Asian capital/major city, Vientiane is experiencing a building boom. Even it’s Presidential Palace is having a major makeover-addition and a new convention center is coming up.
I’ve written much about it before on these pages and there’s little more to tell. You can read about the sights and “what to do” in the tips and tricks pages and read about gay life in the introduction.
GQ Bar Rue Chao Anou 1/2 block up from the river. Gay owned and managed bar with cute staff and customers. Very busy on the weekends, with a lot of cute guys, all speaking english. Ask Lay for where to go in Vientiane, he knows everyone. If you are lucky there will be a show on the weekend you go. Outside seating for smokers.
Europe Restaurant Phonsavanh Road Excellent Swiss cuisine and friendly service from their handsome staff. 207-539
Jai Dee Restaurant Manthaturiat Road Near the Namphou Fountain, great Lao food, and nice bar, ask Art about the scene. The staff is very friendly and handsome.
L’Estaminet Restaurant Lane-Xang Avenue Opposite the Morning Market. Handsome staff that speaks Lao, Thai, English and French. Good food at a great price. Wonderful outdoor garden setting or inside for a nice meal. 250-975
La Gondola Restaurant 39 Rue Chao Anou Gay owned and managed. Great Italian food. Handsome waiters
Le Vendome Restaurant Vat Inpeng An excellent Italian restaurant with many cute staff, the pizza is excellent.
Sa Bai Dee Cafe Fa Ngum & Francois Ngin Gay owned and managed, nice cafe, great pastries. Right on the River Walk.
Heng Heng Massage Rue Asean 10 Open from 9 am until about midnight, up to 20 masseurs. Full service treatment, well trained staff. Some very handsome guys there, and reasonable price. Happy Ending!