Massage in Vientiane
Getting a massage in Vientiane is one of the best things to do after a day of sightseeing. Lao-style massage is a combination of Swedish and Thai acupressure using essential oils – it’s usually gentler than traditional Thai massage, making it popular with those with a low pain threshold. You can choose from luxury hotel spas to standalone outlets in central Vientiane. Both options usually result in an invigorating experience.
Meditation at Wat Sok Pa Luang
Novice monks lead a walking and sitting meditation session at Wat Sok Pa Luang on Saturday afternoons. It takes place at an open-air pavilion at 3pm – the 1st hour is an ice-breaking session with English-speaking monks, before diving into an hour of mediation. Everyone is welcome and it’s free of charge. If you’re looking to deepen your practice, intensive Vispassana meditation workshops takes place twice yearly at Wat Sok Pa Luang.
- Location: Khuvieng Road, Sokpaluang Village, Sesatanak District, Vientiane, Laos
Chao Anouvong Tennis Club
The Chao Anouvong Tennis Club is part of the Lao National Stadium, about 16 km of central Vientiane. There’s a main tennis centre that seats 2,000 people, and 6 smaller tennis courts that are open during evenings. If you’re looking to keep up with your fitness routine in the Lao capital, you can rent a court for about 30,000 kip and 35,000 kip for 2 rackets and shuttlecocks. There’s also a small kiosk selling bottled drinks and snacks.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 4pm to 10pm
- Location: Lao National Stadium, Vientiane, Laos
- Tel: +856 21 560 006
Houey Hong Centre
Houey Hong Centre provides vocational training (weaving, dyeing and tailoring) for women from rural areas across Laos. Located 7km of central Vientiane, this non-profit centre has an office and retail shop, conference room, tailoring and weaving rooms, a dyeing and stock area, cooking facilities, and a dormitory. You can learn how to make traditional crafts and silk scarves by joining half- or full-day workshops at Houey Hong Centre.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 8am to 12pm and from 1.30pm to 4.30pm (closed on Sundays)
- Location: Houey Hong Village (Ban Hoeuy Hong), Vientiane, Laos
- Tel: +856 21 560 006
Lao Bowling Centre
Lao Bowling Centre is where locals enjoy a night out with loud music, cold beer, and a few rounds of bowling. Sure, the balls are a little chipped, the scoreboard is temperamental, and instructions are somehow in Spanish, but the 10-lane bowling alley is one of the few places in Vientiane that stays open past midnight. It costs around 11,000 kip with shoe hire (bring your own socks) – you can even follow the locals by playing barefoot!
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 2am
- Location: Rue Le Ky Huong, Vientiane 0100, Laos