La Pistoche Swimming Pool & Bar, Luang Prabang

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Relax in cool water and swim up to the bar for a flamboyant cocktail at La Pistoche Swimming Pool & Bar. Accomodating landlocked explorers with four pools, palm-adorned gardens, and seated restaurant dining, here you'll find respite from the stifling heat. The restaurant serves food all day, with a combination of local cuisine and Western favorites. Look out for the complex's movie room, as well as areas offering outdoor games like boules and water volleyball. Bear in mind that you'll have to pay a deposit to enter the facility. Plan your visit to La Pistoche Swimming Pool & Bar and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Luang Prabang vacation route planner.
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  • We went to the pistachio because after 3 days of visits to luang prabang with a 33 degree heat we envi to freshen up a bit. We stayed in a guesthouse, so had no access to a pool. Lucky, we have friends who live on site and who offered us this little haven of peace. We spent a whole day and greatly appreciated the comfort that is provided there. I don't understand why most people are shocked by the price which is equivalent to € 3.50? Frankly for a top service a swimming pool and a very clean bathroom I find even this great market! Go without hesitation!
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  • On our second day in Luang Prabang we found this place online and decided to check it out. We were not disappointed. It was deserted when we get there at around 11am but in the afternoon it got quite ...  more »
  • Nice local pool. Kids area is quite busy, but the rest of the pool is quite quiet as it's too deep for local children. There is a bar in the pool which is fun and the bar snacks are huge and tasty. Ni...  more »
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  • Nice, good sized pools, clean, lots of places to sit and a decent selection of food and drink. The 2 for 1 cocktails are a good deal at happy hour. It can get very busy and loud with kids on weekends.
  • La Pistoche has 2 personalities. By day it is a great family place with many local and expat families. By night is is more of a backpacker hangout. For those who complain about local kids... It caters to both locals and tourists. If you want to avoid locals, then consider staying in your home country instead of traveling. If you want solitude or tranquility then one of the expensive tourist hotels may suit better. You pay a 50,000 kip deposit per group and 30,000 kip entrance fee. They give you a tag with a number which serves as a tab for ordering drinks and food. When you leave, they will take your number and either charge or refund any balance against your deposit. Don't lose your number... No outside food/drink is allowed. There is a small fee for bike or motorbike parking. There are 3 separate pools, with a small diving platform and inner tubes as well as kiddie slides. Water is very clean. It is much safer than many pools in Laos, but there are some sharp corners (not smoothly rounded like you would see in western pools). I bring my kids without worries, but if your kids are very impulsive and accident prone, watch them closely. Food is very good. French fries are excellent if you like them crispy. Menu has Lao and Western items with prices similar to slightly higher than at most basic tourist places in town. If you have kids, or don't mind a lot of activity, it is a great way to cool off, see Lao families at play, and enjoy some good food in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Good way to kill some time & have a lazy day in the heat. A bit expenses, & can get pretty crowded, also a bit out of the way.
  • Great way to survive a day in the sun here! Lots of kids here on a weekend FYI
  • Nice place to go swimming on a hot day. Can get a little crowded though during the middle of the day. Lots of foreigners smoking....

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