Monday, January 10, 2011

Doing sports in Vientiane - where and when

The life of an expat has it’s advantages and disadvantages. One advantage, in particular in Laos, is good and cheap Beerlao. The disadvantage is that you gain weight easily. So how to get rid of these kilograms and pounds around your hips? Do sports. Vientiane actually offers a lot of activities, you just have to know where and when.

Let’s start with the usual suspects, aka gyms. There are two I can recommend. One is the well known Sengdara Fitness at Dongpalan Street. It offers all you need in a gym, from weightlifting and other machines to sauna and pool. It is considered to be the first western style gym. Then there is Bee Bee ( , a new place in town, recently opened and quite successful from the start: they got the Miss Lao contestants for their exercise before the contest. It’s located on Thadeua Road opposite the Australian Embassy. You will find Yoga and Dance classes as well as pilates sessions here.

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  1. Hello. I recently found your blog. I'm going to be teaching English in Vientiane, Laos next year. I am a running. Is it possible for a female to go running on her own? I personally do not like gyms, thats why I ask.

  2. I think that it is not a problem at all. The biggest hazards will be the dust in the air, the heat and occasionally stray dogs chasing after you while you run.

  3. the funny thing is that i nev got chased by a dog, but i know others are