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“Average but served it's purpose”

La Pistoche Swimming Pool & Bar
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: La Pistoche Swimming Pools and Bars is the only private and public swimming pools in Luang Prabang. It is a complex of 4 swimming pools, 2 small one with water toys for kids and 2 bigger one for everybody. The 2 bigger swimming pools have 2 bars, one jaccuzzi and a small slide. If you are looking for a refreshing break from the heat, after sightseeing or an exhausting bicycle tour, jump into our pools and enjoy delicious cocktails. Away from the tourist traffic, you can find us nestled within a typical Lao Neighborhood in Ban Phong Pheng Village. We offer Happy Hours on Cocktails from noon to 7 pm. It cost 30,000 kips per persons (adults and kids) for entrance fee and you have to leave a deposit of 50,000 kips that will be refunded to you if you dont drink or eat anything, or will be substracted from your bill. Please be aware that in hot season, we do have a lots of locals, specially on Saturday and Sunday. Which means a lots of kids! We love the fact that foreigners and locals laotians can mix together. However, if you are looking for a very quiet place, we don t suggest our place. In hot season, there are some hotels that let visitors go. Also, be aware that week ends are very very busy. We suggest that you come early, we open at 10 am, if you wish to have some quiet time. Just a small note, we also have a lot of backpackers, some families have made some complains about this. Up to now, the backpackers that comes to the pool have been very kids friendly. My 7 years old daughter always end up making new friends that throw her up in the air. We also have a lots of Lao families. We do have free wi-fi, but we are not an internet cafe, so it is possible that our internet doesn t work... We priorize people having fun together and chatting together, than playing with their internet!!! Hope you enjoy!
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Hong Kong, China
Level 6 Contributor
133 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Average but served it's purpose”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

The pool is situated close to the town centre, which is handy but was very crowded on the afternoon we visited. Imagine that this is not a unusual occurrence given the hot weather. The clientele were mainly young backpackers drinking alcohol by the pool bar and/or poolside. As we were 2 families with young children, this was not an ideal environment. The state of the pool itself was poor and the grass area surrounding the pool had more mud than grass. Drinks and snacks were moderately priced and they did have 2-for-1 drinks during happy hour.

Visited March 2013
Thank CassHongKong_China
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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great for a chill out day”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Perfect if you miss the beach and just want a chilled out day relaxing by the pool. The food is good but a little expensive, as are the drinks. It gets busy and there are limited sunbeds so arrive early if you can. Wifi is ok and good for Laos. If you have a flyer, available from Dyan Sabai or on the streets of Luang Prabanag, and you arrive before midday then it is only 10k LAK entrance instead of 20k LAK. You can walk from Luang Prabang in about 20 mins which is actually quite a nice walk, or a Tuk Tuk should be around 20-30k LAK.

Visited January 2013
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Luang Prabang, Laos
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Heaven...twice removed.”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

After a long day of touring the local sites or getting over your jet lag, order your favorite drink, a snack and hang out by the pool while listening to an extensive playlist of popular music.
A visit to Luang Prabang is not complete without a stop at La Pistoche. The staff is friendly and the food and drinks are good.
No reason to die to get to Heaven. A stopover here is much better.

Visited March 2013
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Perth, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“little piece of paradise”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

So this place is advertised a lot around luang prabang and is amazing! Arrive before 11am and the entrance fee Is halved. Get there early to ensure a Sun bed. This place is so chilled and after several days of moving around was the perfect antidote! Food is lovely although a little expensive but the2for1 cocktails are great!
Highly recommend this place.

Visited February 2013
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great way to spend a day.”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Loved the swimming pool. They have everything there for you. Towels, food, drinks, wifi and a lovely clean pool.

Visited December 2012
Thank Brad R
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