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Swimming

There are several places in Vientiane where tourists can work on their strokes or simply take a cooling dip, such as Sokpaluang Swimming Pool, on Thanon Sok Pa Luang. It costs about US$ 0.50 per day. In south-eastern Vientiane, Sokpaluang has a large pool with marked swimming lanes, a shallow children’s pool, a snack bar with Lao and falang (Western) food, and lockers and changing rooms.
Opening hours: 9.00 am - 8.00 pm daily.

Not far from the south-eastern corner of the National Stadium is a public pool. The 23-metre pool has lanes and diving board, but cleanliness is not always up to par; most of the girls who swim here where their street clothes rather than bathing suits. Here the cost is about US$ 0.20.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday

The simple, clean pool at the Royal Dokmaideng Hotel, on Thanon Lan Xang, is open to the public. The cost here is about US$ 2.50

Other available hotel pools open to non-guests can be found at Lane Xang Hotel, Novotel and Lao Plaza Hotel.

Tennis, Squash & Exercise

The Vientiane Tennis Club, just next to the National Stadium off Thanon Samsenthai, has three decent illuminated courts available to members only. Membership cost less than US$ 1 per month, plus US$ 0.30 for 45 minutes of playing time. Foreigners may apply but memberships are limited.

The AERC maintains an air-conditioned squash court, which is open to members only. The AERC also holds step, water and regular aerobics classes for members.

Aerobics classes are also held at Lao Plaza Hotel and at Sokpaluang Swimming Pool.

Non-guests can use the sauna and fitness at the Tai-Pan Hotel, on Thanon Francois Nginn. Costs US$ 4 per visit.

Wildlife

Laos's pristine landscape is home to a good range of flora and fauna, which include birds mammals and rare primates. Freshwater dolphins are found in the Mekong River. Unexploded ordinance still exists in the countryside, and official advice should be sought concerning which areas to avoid.
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Trekking

Tourists can travel towards the hills themselves or participate in locally organized guided tours.

Mountain biking

The lack of automobiles makes cycling an enjoyable proposition. Terrain can be rough; however, there are not many roads. Tourists are advised to travel with their own bicycles, although there are some for rent in the bigger towns
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