La Pistoche Swimming Pool & Bar, Luang Prabang

(2.8/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
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 needed a day out of the heat and this small oasis was perfect. I had read some of the other reviews about water quality, music ect but my experience was perfect. The water was fantastic, cool and v...  more »
  • We arrived at 10am and we were surprised and very pleased to see that there was only 1 other person at the pool! We had our choice of sunloungers and chose 2 with a big umbrella to shield us from the ...  more »
  • We are pleased to introduce this place to our kids and well we were very disappointed... the entrance is expensive 30000 kip and there is even no price children our children have 2,3 and 6 and we had to pay 5! We try to negotiate but impossible... staff very rude... we went!
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  • 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.
  • Pool area is nice and owner and staff are friendly. Need some maintenance in the shower area as there was no water supply most of the time
  • The pool is lovely, the atmosphere is relax and the lounge music is great. Entrance fee.was 30,000 LAK and the food and drinks were affordable (20,000 for a cocktail between 12 and 19h). However, this all doesn't matter at all when you get food poisoning from the food at the bar. We came in woth a group of four and the three persons who ate the garlic bread got very sick at night. We excluded other sources of poisoning, so we're 100% sure it was from the bread at the bar. This has ruined days of our holiday, which was certainly not worth it.
  • Nice pool, great to passing a day, the dishes are big, and little bit expensive.
  • Generally a good idea and would be nice to chill here after a day out on bikes/trekking...unfortunately absolutely overcrowded with local kids that seem to arrive in school-groups, scream, spitting in the water, jumping in from all around the pool and even in and around the pool bar there is no "control", most adults got annoyed and left pretty soon, we stayed about 2 hours until our drinks got flooded with poolwater as a group of 5 kids decided to have a "fight" around the bar...