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Backpacking, but where to go swimming? Are there public pools?

  • motogirl

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    Hi all. Just wondering how fellow travellers staying in basic guesthouses (not near the beach, eg bangkok, chiang mai etc) cool down? I've never really backpacked before. Stayed in a resort in bali, and when we went out for dinner some restaurants/bars had a public swimming pool for use.

    #1 Posted: 10/12/2007 - 18:17

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  • princessdis-
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    with a beer......

    It really depends on where you are and what you are doing. In Siam Reap, I did go to a hotel pool and they charged us a $1 to use it for the day, In Laung Prabang we went swimming at the water falls - I was never really a priority I was there to see and do other things not just sit by the pool all day.

    #2 Posted: 11/12/2007 - 10:06

  • ChangFai

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    I think you will always find a nearby hotel that will allow you to use their pool for a small fee , or as a customer .

    #3 Posted: 11/12/2007 - 10:11

  • exacto

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    It is a nice splurge to stay at a place with a pool every once in a while. Good examples are K.T. Guesthouse in Bangkok or Top North Guest House in Chiang Mai. But like the others say, many places will let you use their pool on a daily basis for a small fee even if you are not staying there. By the way, the swimming at the waterfalls princessdisaster mentions is great, as are most of the beaches throughout the reason. Be sure to pack your swimsuit, and it's always good to bring a towel. Cheers.

    #4 Posted: 11/12/2007 - 10:24

  • ChangFai

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    Not swimming really , but I do like the hot water spring spa places that seem to be everywhere up north .

    #5 Posted: 14/12/2007 - 09:56

  • Guernseystu

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    This may be a novel concept for some - but how about trying a cold shower?

    #6 Posted: 18/12/2007 - 15:16

  • motogirl

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    cheers- some of those posts were really helpful :)
    (pffft not the smartass ones..) after a day on the bike trecking the country roads.. its nice to spend a couple hours chilling out with water surrounding you and a cocktail in hand...

    #7 Posted: 18/12/2007 - 17:14

  • Guernseystu

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    Not being smartarse luv, do as the Thais do and you'll be fine. They know how to cope in the hot weather.

    #8 Posted: 19/12/2007 - 10:22

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