Smile, Sunset, Bamboo: "Bars on the island in the middle of Song" Top 5 Page for this destination Vang Vieng Nightlife Tip by picek

Vang Vieng Nightlife: 7 reviews and 2 photos

Note: this review was written on Jun 13, 2009

Island in the Song river is probably the most popular party spot in Vang Vieg. Has few bars there, all open air, between bamboo and banana trees, some has hammocks, some bamboo mats to sit on and small wooden terraces under the straw roof. Music from one bar and another melts together in cacophonic noises when it's loud (and that means often).

Smile is the loudest place there and most crowded one. Music is quite typical western, nothing really that special but since you've heard it thousands times many will know lyrics by heart. Price for one beer is about 15000 KIP, they have cocktails too.

Bamboo has nicer, shady ambient with hammocks hanging between bamboo stalks and vegetarian buffet in the evening - and nice, chill out music, sometimes dub and reggae, sometimes slow rock and electronic. Beer was for 12 000 KIP. Near Bamboo there is Rock bar.

Sunset is another very popular spot at the edge of island, gets crowded in afternoons and looks like Smile. In daytime mostly young people lay lazily in hammocks sipping beers and smoking ganja. You can buy drinks and variety of other stuff there (but know what you're going into). Beer is for 12 000 KIP.

UPDATE 2013: THOSE BARS ARE ALL CLOSED NOW

Directions: Island in Song river
Theme: Dancing

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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