Swimming pools in Vientiane

Escape the heat

What we say: 3.5 stars

We’ve covered Vientiane’s public pool and a fitness centre, but plenty of Vientiane hotels also offer swimming pools to day guests for when the heat just gets to be too much. Here’s a selection — prices are listed in kip in some places and in dollars at others, but can be paid in either currency. Towels are included.

Hanging Out at Kuang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang

Not a Vientiane swimming pool. But this is the feeling you’re shooting for.

We reckon the best value place is Don Chan Palace, with its spacious open-air pool (and gym) on the third floor, looking over the Mekong River. It offers both sun and shade on the poolside terrace, and a mostly shaded pool suitable for laps or relaxation. Access to the pool is $10 per day, and for $15 guests can use the gym and sauna as well.

The pool at Don Chan offers respite from the heat and the sun

Respite from the heat and the sun at Don Chan.

Hotel Mercure is smaller but swankier than Don Chan. Its terrace connects to the hotel restaurant, so you’ll have a bit more of an audience, while the gym is indoor and air-conditioned. Access to the pool, gym and changing rooms runs 100,000 kip per day.

Small, but stylish pool at Hotel Mercure

Small but stylish at Hotel Mercure.

Regarded as one of the top hotels in Vientiane, Lao Plaza offers both style and comfort at a variety of prices, depending on how you’d like to spend you day. Access to the pool and terrace runs 120,000 kip per day for adults and 80,000 kip for children. The pool is not really for laps, but it is long and deep enough for swimmers to get some exercise. If you’d like access to the steam-room, sauna and jacuzzi the day pass costs 150,000 kip and is only available for adults aged 18 and older. Access to all facilities, including the gym, runs 220,000 kip per day.

The poolside at Lao Plaza Hotel

When those trees shoot up, there’ll be shade at Lao Plaza Hotel’s pool.

If you’d like to splurge at the high end, colonial-mansion-turned-hotel Settha Palace provides a gorgeous pool area at the price of $20 a day. Surrounded by lush vegetation and connected to the restaurant, this pool is less for swimming, and more for sipping fancy cocktails with a cool view. There is no sauna, but WiFi is included in the price.

Settha Palace's Secluded Oasis

Settha Palace’s secluded oasis.

Don Chan
Fan Ngum, at Si Meuang Rd
T: (021) 244 288
Open daily 11:00-22:00

Hotel Mercure
Unit 10 Samsenthai Road,
T: (021) 213 570
Open daily 07:00-22:00

Lao Plaza Hotel
Samsenthai, at Pangkham Rd
T: (021) 218 800 etx. 1007
Open daily 07:00-20:00

Settha Palace Hotel
6 Pangkham Rd, at Khoun Bouloum
T: (021) 217 581
Open daily 07:00-19:00

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Last updated: 2nd January, 2014

About the author:
Born in Aarhus Denmark, Ivana got her first passport at 6 months old and moved to Southeast Asia in 2009 to work as an English teacher and find new cultural windows in which to peep.
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