Laos entertainment

Theatre in Luang Prabang

Garavek Storytelling

Garavek means 'magical bird', and this enchanting hour-long show – comprising an old man dressed in tribal wear playing a haunting khene (Lao-style lyre) alongside an animated storyteller (in English) recalling loca…
Live Music in Vientiane

Wind West

A roadhouse-style bar and restaurant, Wind West has live Lao and Western rock music most nights. The music usually starts about 9pm and finishes around 1pm. Depending on the night it can be heaving, or completely de…
Arts Centre in Vientiane

Institut Français du Laos

Dance, art exhibitions, literary discussions and live music all take place in this Gallic hive of cultural activity. As well as cult French films – shown Wednesdays at 2.30pm (kids) and Fridays at 6.30pm (adults) – …
Theatre in Vientiane

Lao National Opera Theatre

This state-sponsored performance venue features a smorgasbord of Lao entertainment ranging from self-proclaimed 'Lao oldies' to Lao boxing and traditional performances of Pha Lak Pha Lam, the Lao version of the Indi…
Dance in Luang Prabang

Phralak-Phralam Theatre

The misleadingly named Royal Lao Ballet puts on slow-moving traditional dances accompanied by a 10-piece Lao 'orchestra'. Performances last about 1¼ hours and include a Ramayana-based scene. It's well worth reading …
Performing Arts in Vientiane

National Circus

The old 'Russian Circus' established in the 1980s is now known as Hong Kanyasin. It performs from time to time in this National Circus venue, in the north of town. It has mainly acrobatic performances plus clowns. C…
Cinema in Luang Prabang

Moonlight Cinema

The latest films are shown at the Ock Pop Tok centre every Thursday at 7.30pm, screened after 7pm dinner. Tuk-tuk is included; pickup is from in front of the Joma Bakery Cafe on Th Chao Fa Ngum at 6.45pm. Book via e…
Cinema in Luang Prabang

L'Etranger Books & Tea

Order a drink and a bite to eat and then get comfy on a lounging cushion to watch the latest blockbuster and indie films shown nightly at 7pm. If it's quiet you usually get to choose the film. Run by a friendly cine…
Live Music in Vientiane

Anou Cabaret

On the ground floor of the Anou Paradise Hotel, the cabaret has been swinging along here for years. It's a funny place, with old crooners and a palpable 1960s feel.
Theatre in Vientiane

Lao National Culture Hall

This huge government building occasionally plays host to government-approved dance or musical performances.