A high proportion of these go to clubs several times per week not only to enjoy the company of their friends, but also in the hope of finding customers for sex, preferably farang (foreigners) who are always expected to have money.
Famous in the sixties and seventies, Vientiane brothels have long gone, prohibited by Lao law, but places do exist if you have a local friend who 'knows the scene'.
Football (soccer) is very popular among young Lao people.
The Lane Xang Golf Club is at Km14 on the way to the Friendship Bridge and also the Eagle driving range.
Birthdays are popular now among families with babies and young children.
This is not a Lao or Buddhist tradition; birthday parties and celebrations used to be looked down upon by the monks.
These are the places where you can see young Lao people enjoying themselves to the full.
By contrast, family celebrations (except for formal wedding receptions for the wealthy) are almost always held at home with the extended family, friends and neighbours and their friends, accompanied by extremely loud blasting pop and traditional music, recorded and live.The easiest way to meet a pretty (poo sao ngam) Lao girl, handsome (poo sai law) Lao man or 'katoey' is by experiencing the Vientiane night scene.Lao people still tend to label without malice anyone from gay male or tom (lesbian) to transvestite or transgender 'shemale' as kathoey.Karaoke is everywhere.college and university students as well as the many unemployed being supported by the family (another strong Lao tradition).Most will have money enough to buy a couple of drinks. Local families often rely on regular support from relatives living overseas, mainly in the USA; this seems to give many young Vientiane people little incentive to work or even consider looking for jobs.Lao TV is much more conservative, but Vientiane is within range of Thai television.