The National Ethnic Cultural Park (NECP) has been transformed and is now called “Inpeng Culture & Entertainment Park” which includes a large water park with beer gardens, restaurants, cafes, souvenir stores and a museum as well as the former Ethnic Cultural Park.
Our J&C team spent a fun day at the new water park, which includes many different pools, all of them with different sizes & shapes, and also different depths; there are also pools dedicated to infants. A big hit with the younger crowd are the many colorful water chutes.
All the pools are surrounded by restaurants, allowing visitors to enjoy food and drinks while watching over their kids. The prices are very reasonable, offering mostly Lao food, but also some international dishes. The entrance into the park is free, for those who want to use the pools the fee is Kip 15’000 for kids and Kip 30’000 for adults.
However, be advised that (at least for time being) the water park does not meet international standards, there are several safety hazards like slippery surfaces, pool lights not being properly installed (I cut my toe), no pool depth indicators and there are also no changing rooms (use the toilets) or shower facilities, etc. Just be careful 🙂
NECP is under a 50-year grant from the private company Inpeng Group. Before the grant, the area was deserted after some years ago several people were killed in a tragic boat racing festival accident at the park’s riverfront. Since then, the boat festival was cut short, leaving the park deserted.
Inpeng Group President Mr Add Phannivong, who is in charge of the park’s reconstruction and grant, said his aim was to develop the area into a tourism site with the hopes of meeting international standards as there weren’t many attractions in Vientiane. A hotel and river cruise are planned for the second phase of construction in the park.