The captial, Vientiane is definitely the liveliest part of Lao but even the nightlife here is far more low-key than elsewhere. The country as a whole is far more conservative than Thailand but has several affinities with Issan in the north east of the country, even the language is very similar. Laos girls look very similar to northern Thai women. A fact that many visitors do not know, that it is illegal for a Lao citizen to have sex with a non Laotian. In fact it carries a fine and possible deportation.