Hmmm, where does one start with Ocean Park Vientiane Laos? Is it one of the best things to do with kids in Vientiane? Is it even one of the best things to do in Vientiane? We were looking for some top things to do in Vientiane in the heat and Ocean Park kept coming up. So we decided to go and see what it was like.
To be honest it’s really hard to start anywhere because the website gives you very little information about anything at the only water park in Vientiane. It does show you where it is and what slides and pools are on site. At times like this, a quick view of Trip Advisor is required.
Having been in Laos for 3 weeks we were not expecting much of Ocean Park Vientiane. Like most things, Ocean Park in the Laos capital is just, yes just. That’s how I have come to describe a lot of things in Laos
Is Ocean Park a Vientiane attraction?
I had warned the kids not to expect anything like we had previously experienced at Escape Penang or Wet n Wild on the Gold Coast in Australia. They were not sure what to make of my warning but they quickly realised when walked in and saw the rusty steel frames of water slides and paint peeled from the bottom of the pools.
Half of Ocean Park seems to be permanently closed when we attended. Not sure if it was closed for maintenance or what, most signs did say it was closed for cleaning. But in this section, the grass was overgrown and there was rubbish on the ground. If you have been to Laos rubbish on the ground is sometimes thicker than grass.
So what was open at this Vientiane water park? The wave pool was opened. It was a big size, to be honest, and broken up into 2 sections. One section was 2 meters deep and the other 3 meters deep.
The paint is peeling off the bottom of the wave pool and floats all through the water along with sand. Not sure where the sand comes from as there is no sand onsite. So it needs to be said it’s not the cleanest water you will find but it is not dirty either.
I found peeling paint to be common in all the pool sections throughout the park. The kid’s pool area had fountains and tipping water buckets much like any other kids pool section you would find worldwide. The kids running and screaming were having a great time.
The waterslides that were working were the Speed Racer. You know the one where you fly down on your stomach racing the people next to you.
There was a big slide measuring 15 meters high and a small one measuring 10 meters. The big one was located next to the wave pool and was for older people to go on. It was bigger, longer and faster.
The smaller 10-meter slide one was in between the pink slider and another water slide called the Slide Shine Yellow. This one was easier for the kids to go on as if there was a long line they could go down one of the others while they waited. It was a shorter one and it didn’t seems to go as fast as the larger one.
There were 2 snakes like slides the twist and turn one of these required you to go down on blow-up tubes while the other one you did not require a tube. Up to three people could fit on the tube slide at any one time
The biggest and fastest water slide was closed. It was the type where the tube gets taken up a conveyor belt and you get on at the top. It looked like so much fun. It was an enclosed slide, the only one in the park.
There was a short lazy river that flowed around the closed section of the water park. The Lazy river was 1 meter deep and moved at a rather slow pace from what we could see.
There was no shortage of food around the park. It was a bit like an Asian market in the food sense. It seems people rent out a kiosk and cook and stock what they like to sell. There was easily a dozen of these stands around the park to buy food and drinks from.
For this reason, you are not allowed to bring any food or drinks into Ocean Park at all and that includes water. The person manning the gate will check your bag as well. If you do have drinks and you want to keep them they will encourage you to write your name on the bottle and you can collect it on your way out.
There was a bar serving the standard Beer Lao and a Belgium Beer that came in Rose, Lemon and the normal wheat beer variety.
French fries 10,000 kip
Mixed fried rice 35000 kip
Ice pole 2000 kip
Soft drink 8000 kip
Water 6000 kip
There were cabanas that were free to use. They had a bench table and chairs but not screening from the sun or for privacy. Needless to say, they were free and available on a first in the first-seated basis.
Plenty of seats and benches around the park for everyone. Change rooms and toilets are available as are outside fresh water showers to hose off
On the weekends they have music playing on the P.A and a live band on at 2pm to entertain you.
There is no towel hire available so you will need to bring your own from the hotel. Locker hire was available for 10,000 kip with a 20,000 kip deposit
Like all water parks and places in Asia the water is never really cold it always feels like a lukewarm bath. We attended Ocean Park on a Saturday in the dry season when the weather was pushing up into the very high ’30s and it was not crowded at all.
The question is I guess, is a visit to this Laos tourist attraction worth it? Yes, we believe it is if you don’t hold it up to western standards. There are flaws but that’s Asia. It does not stop the locals from enjoying the park nor should it stop you
It is one of the few spots to cool down in Vientiane Laos. It is one of the few things to do with teenagers in Vientiane as well.
The entry price to Ocean world Vientiane
Adults 40000 kips on weekends
Children 30000 kip (below 140cm)
The price is very reasonable I think, in Australia, we would pay this for 1 person entering a water park
How to get to Ocean Park Vientiane
We caught a Tuk-tuk from the city centre of Vientiane stayed at the park for 4 hours and he returned us to the city for 150000 kip.
So entry and transport for a family of 4 costs just over 300,000 kip or $50 Australian. This is very reasonable by Western prices.
Places to stay in Vientiane
Vientiane being the capital of Laos has many accommodation options from 5 star to budget. The most popular spots to stay are along the Mekong River area.
On a personal note, we stayed at two different hotels during our stay. One mid-range and one top end hotel. The Hemera was in the business area and close to the Patuxai Monument. While La Seine by Burasari was along the Mekong and offered top class accommodation.
How to get to Vientiane
Vientiane’s Wattay Airport is 4 km west of the city. You will frequently see planes coming in over the Mekong River to land.
You will find direct flights from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, China, Kuala Lumpur and South Korea
You can get a bus from all parts of Laos, Vietnam and Thailand into Vientiane. The Thai city of Nong Khan is just on the other side of the Mekong River. You can get a direct train from Bangkok to Nong Khan.
You can rent a car in many cities around Asia and drive to Vientiane. I must warn you the roads in Laos are the worst I have seen in any country in Asia.
Money in Laos
The local currency in Laos is the Kip which is issued in denominations of 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000, 50000 & 100000 Kip notes. Although Laos’s official currency is the Kip the US Dollar is widely accepted in many transactions. Be aware they will only accept USD if the notes are new and untorn.
ATM machines in most Asian countries are easy to find. You will find one on nearly every corner. What is difficult is the amount of money they let you take out. In Laos some will allow 1,000,000 kip while other 1,500,000 and 2,000,000 kip. The transaction fees vary from 20,000 kip to 3% of the amount withdrawn.
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Mark Wyld is a father, husband and traveller. Having been to over 30 countries worldwide I think I know a thing or 2 about travelling with kids. I have been writing about travel on our website for the last 4 years and have featured on numerous other websites. When I am not talking, dreaming and planning travel I can be found working in disability support .