If you’re looking to get fit in Phnom Penh, there are a plethora of options — from aerobics at Olympic Stadium to the new public exercise equipment on the riverside. If you’re looking for something indoors and possibly air-conditioned, Phnom Penh has lots of gyms and fitness centres, some of which start at less than a dollar a day and many more that are surprisingly expensive.
The Place: Fully-equipped gym popular with Phnom Penh’s upper-crust and expat population. They offer aerobics and yoga classes, and even have a nightclub in the building. One month membership costs $150 and a six-month membership is $575.
90 Sihanouk Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 999 799
Paddy’s Gym: Great budget-minded gym. Day passes cost $3 and discounts are available for longer membership terms. Kickboxing classes are held twice a week for $5 and include a day pass to the gym. The gym has free weights, weight-training machines, stationary bikes as well as elliptical machines. However, they do not have air-conditioning. Boxing equipment including punching bags and a boxing ring also feature.
46 Street 428, Phnom Penh
T: (012) 217 877
FitnessOne at the Himawari Hotel: You’ll find afully-loaded gym with all of the amenities at the Himawari Hotel. Includes use of a swimming pool, tennis courts, outdoor jacuzzi and steam room. One month membership costs $100 or it’s $500 for six months.
313 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 214 555 ext 881
Physique Club at the Cambodiana Hotel: The gym at the Cambodiana Hotel features free weights, a few weight-training machines, treadmills, stationary bicycles and elliptical machines. Includes weekly aerobics and Khmer dancing lessons that are held outside. Use of the hotel pool is also included, but the pool is currently closed for renovation (they promise it should be done mid-August). Monthly rates start at $56, but go down substantially if you purchase a longer-term package, sign up with others or take advantage of their 20% early-bird discount.
313 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 218 189
Amrita Spa at Raffles Hotel: Fully-equipped gym at Raffles Hotel, includes use of two swimming pools, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. It’s $70-100 per month depending on time of day usage, with discounts for longer-term packages. Members get discounts on food and beverages at the hotel, laundry and spa services. Year-long passes come with a free night at the hotel.
92 Rukhak Vithei, off Monivong Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 981 888
Muscle Fitness Centre: Good value-for-money gym that is air-conditioned and includes use of a steam room. Rates vary from $20-40 per month depending on package.
#65 Street 95 (at the corner of Street 386), Phnom Penh
T: (012) 796 374
InterContinental Hotel Gym: The InterCon gym includes use of the swimming pool, a sauna and daily classes in aerobics, yoga and pilates. Full selection of weight-training machines, free weights, treadmills, stationary bicycles and elliptical machines. $60-80 per month depending on time-of-day use. Discounts for longer-term packages.
296 Mao Tse Tung Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 424 888 ext. 4721
So FIT at the Sofitel Hotel: Said to be the nicest gym in Phnom Penh, the Sofitel is the newest and at $160 for one month and $600 for 6 months, certainly the most expensive. Gym has all amenities including a steam and sauna room, aerobics, yoga, pilates and step classes and members can use the tennis and squash courts.
26 Old August Site, Sothearos Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 999 200
By Lina Goldberg
Last updated on 19th September, 2014.