There are many 'short time' guesthouses and hotels (they call them love hotels in Japan) and hotels scattered around the country catering primarily to this trade as well as 'normal' overnight guests. Sadly, it's the easiest and most lucrative form of regular income for young Lao (and Thai), and this is how many of them support their families. Living at home and going out at night to sell their bodies is an easy option, with far greater income potential and little stigma among their peers.
Babies and young children are often at home, being taken care of by parents or grandparents. Like their parents (and school teachers for that matter) are mostly badly educated, with few real skills. The families turn a blind eye, sex is never discussed openly of course, and everyone 'saves face'.
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'.
When the white lights come up, then gradually get switched off, that's the time to pay the bill, finish your drinks and leave. It's 'Lao style' to accept these things with a smile and without question.
There are several easy to find bar restaurants (close by midnight) popular with tourists are Kop Chai Dur, Chess Cafe and Red Sun (Tawen Daeng).
The Vientiane Times is an English language daily newspaper owned (and censored) by the Lao government, with mainly local events and announcements, and a smattering of regional and international news; also details of local club and organisation activities.
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.See more on the Buddhist third sex or third gender topic below.isit some of the above places and mixing with the local crowd.Even by 2018, there are not that many social activities in Vientiane that either Lao or foreigners can indulge in, besides drinking Beer Lao or the local cheap but potent (and detrimental to health over time) 'Lao whisky', a white spirit known as lao kao.There are a few public swimming pools apart from those of the better hotels; there are some bowling alleys, numerous fitness centres, cinema complex at Lao ITECC, Hash House Harriers and a few assorted social and sports clubs including rugby.Football (soccer) is very popular among young Lao people.