Lao Plaza Hotel
Great for doing laps. You'll find this blue rectangle of cool on the roof of the Lao Plaza hotel. There's also a bar here and bags of...
Settha Palace Hotel
With its lovely kidney-shaped pool shaded by mature trees in the grounds of this lovely hotel, this is less about laps and more about...
Vientiane Swimming Pool
The Vientiane Swimming Pool is quiet, central and clean and is usually fine for swimming laps. Hire or bring goggles though – there's...
Baguette & Páté Vendor
Great khào jįi pá-tê (baguettes with liver paté, veg and cream cheese, dripping with sweet chili sauce). There's no English-language...
Th Bartholomie · interesting places nearby
That Dam information
Sitting at the centre of a quiet roundabout near the centre of Vientiane, legend has it that the stupa now known as That Dam was once coated in a layer of gold. The gold is said to have been carted off by the Siamese during their pillaging of 1828, after which the stupa took the ‘black’ sobriquet in memory of the dastardly act. However, another myth is slightly at odds with this. It says That Dam is the abode of a dormant seven-headed dragon that came to life during the 1828 Siamese–Lao war and protected local citizens, though apparently not the stupa’s gold…