Vientiane can get pretty hot, especially in recent years (climate change is real!). Most of us don’t have private swimming pools, but don’t worry. Although cooling down under a cool lush waterfall is a long lost dream, there are several pools available throughout the city.
Generally, mornings are quieter (while people are at work and kids are in school) and the pools become fairly busy toward the evening. It may also help to check with public pools whether there are any school events or swimming lessons/clubs practicing before your head over. This shouldn’t be a problem at hotel pools.
Most pools also have shallow kiddies pools next to the main pools and provide bar/restaurant facilities for the thirsty parents. It is important to note that pools require proper swimming attire (no skinny dipping) and that sunblock is a must in this part of the world if you don’t want to burn to a crisp. Some hotels also have gym facilities (often at an extra fee) for those who want to heat up before cooling down.
Here’s a list of some options to help you beat the heat:
Rashmi’s Plaza Hotel
Adult 50 000 Kip, Child 30 000 Kip
Daily, 08:00 – 21:00
Vientiane’s most impressive rooftop pool offers reasonable rates for a day out in the sun. The hotel provides visitors with towels and access to their sauna with a pool day pass. The kiddie’s pool makes family outings easier and the rooftop bar is also an attraction worth visiting.
Price: 30 000 Kip
Daily, 08:00 – 00:00
005, Unit 2, Donpamai Village, Sisattanak District, 0104 Vientiane, Laos
Tel: 030 50 82 428
This vibrant café and brewery is an easy pick for a lazy hot day or evening. With well priced pool facilities offering both a shallow and deeper pool, you can easily spend an entire day here.
Lao Plaza Hotel
The Plaza offers a clean swimming pool with classy loungers under large umbrellas. There is also a fitness centre available at an additional cost.
Don Chan Palace Hotel
This popular hotel offers a large pool that remains partly covered in the shade. With a great view, this pool is a pretty good spot for balmy evenings watching the city lights.
Settha Palace Hotel
Your trip to the Settha Palace Hotel pool will includes towel, drinking water and wifi around the pool area. You can be sure to beat the crowds by making a reservation for you and your friends to enjoy a beautiful day under the palms.
Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel
The Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel provides a large area for you and the family to enjoy the water on a hot day. Lockers and towels are available, as well as a poolside bar for adults. This makes it a great location for your next pool party (upon reservation).
Vientiane Swimming Pool
Adult 15,000 kip (Children under 10) 10,000 kip
Daily, 8 am to 7 pm
Le Ky Huong St, same street as Lao National Radio At the intersection of Rue Le Ky Huong and Rue Phai Nam, across Rue Le Key Huong from the National Stadium.
Tel: 020 58 585 808 or (021) 214 894
A good option for swimming laps, this pool is ideal for exercise when not too busy. The 25 m pool has 6 lanes and a small children’s pool. The location near downtown Vientiane makes it an option to consider for those working in the day.
Sengdara Fitness Centre
Adults 90,000 kip, Children 30,000 kip
Mon-Sat 06:00-22:00, Sun 08:00-22:00
Dongpalane Rd, 3 km from downtown
Tel: (021) 452 159
The pool area at Sengdara Fitness Centre includes a nice swimming pool, kiddies pool and Jacuzzi. There is also a poolside café for when you need a break from all the swimming. The fitness centre also provides a complete gym facility and massage spa, although you are required to wear proper gym attire if you wish to make use of the fitness equipment.
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by Lara Alexander, copyright J&C Services 05/2019