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The computers look like Soviet relics (and probably are) but you can bowl barefoot and catch up with all the other backpackers who have had the same brilliant idea as you.
Amazingly the bowling only costs 13,000 kip (AU$1.50) each and you can still get large Beer Laos for a dollar. It's not really easy to find but it's worth the hunt as there's not too much to do once the sun goes down other than sit and drink - which you can also do while bowling. There's two bowling alleys in Vientiane but this one in the centre of town is the only one you need to bother with.
It's televised and you get to see 6 different fights from 35kg kids through to the main match which happens right in the middle of the linkup of fights. It's 50,000 kip entry (AU$7) but you also score a beer by the sponsors (this time it was Changi from across the Mekong). I say every saturday as it was the same night as when I was there 4 years ago.
Matches are held every saturday from around 7pm. From breathtaking scenery to ancient temples; relaxing islands to cheap food and lodging, there is something for every traveler in this under-visited region. One of the least visited areas in the region, Southern Laos has a ridiculous amount of awesomeness to offer travelers.
While I loved everywhere I visited in Southeast Asia, I have a special place in my heart for Southern Laos. Monks receive alms from the townspeople and in return give their blessings — a much-photographed event that is still intrinsic to people's daily lives in Luang Prabang, despite the tourist appeal. If you're travelling with littlish ones you'll be up at the crack of dawn anyway (The Belmond doesn't have blackout curtains so prepare Information for Tourist in Laos some early mornings), so take advantage and go into town to witness the Tak Bet alms-giving ritual at 5:30am.
And much as ‘holidaying with kids' is an oxymoron in itself (especially if one is 6 months old and in the early days of weaning whilst the other is a boisterous 3-going-on-13-year-old), a trip to Luang Prabang is definitely worth that little extra effort. Its aloofness is partly thanks to the limited flight options into Luang Prabang, making it one of those places that you really have to make an (advanced) effort to seek out. Luang Prabang, Laos is one of those off-the-beaten-track destinations that still offers a glimmer of Asia before the days of cheap air tickets and last-minute voucher deals.
From here you get views of the mountains surrounding Luang Prabang and the point where the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers meet. Head up to Phu Si Hill in the centre of town in Luang Prabang - you can't miss it as it has a temple on top that can be seen from every angle. See Buddhists monks in orange robes walk around the streets, or marvel at the sunset over the mekong from a temple up on the hills.