This may seem off the wall, but I am planning my trip to Angkor Wat for mid-March & I know it will be very hot. I am also on a very tight budget, so...I was wondering, for a fee, will some of the hotels with pools let you swim and hang out for a bit? I know there are spas, but the guides indicate you have to be a guest.
#1 abh1128 has been a member since 1/2/2007. Posts: 4
We have just got back from Cambodia and there is a pool open to the public.
Its called AQUA its on Pram Bee Makara Road -1km from towncentre.Not very well signposted.Ran by a pom called John,great guy.
Hopefully he has it running at its full potential by now.If you cant swim still a great place to hangout and have a few drinks
#4 heidi27 has been a member since 1/2/2007. Posts: 3
travelling to siem reap in april, i would like to travel by speed boat down to nomh penh, has anyone been this way recently? also any advice on both cities would be appreciated.
#5 waynedundas has been a member since 26/1/2007. Posts: 4
Most hotels in Siem Reap that have swimming pools will let you use the pool for the day for a fee; for an upmarket hotel you are talking from $3 for say the Borei Angkor, $5 for Prince D' Angkor (great big salt water pool) or more than the cost of your budget room for places like The Grand Hotel or Victoria Hotel etc, but if you walk in with an air about you then I doubt many staff would confront you! For all of these places you would be paying through the nose for all and any drinks and food. Aqua, as mentioned above is open to the public for $2 per day (fee only if you use the pool) but it also has a bar and restaurant with reasonably priced drinks/asian food; Past Martinis nightclub on the road towards the high school maybe 2kms away; $1.50 in a tuk tuk from the old market.
AQUA has something on Sunday's involving a charity, so if you want to go swimming then check it out. I'm not sure of the exact details, if anyone is then please post them so people can see and spend I think US$5 or so for either entry or drinks or both. It could be in conjunction with the Green Gecko project so check there - details can be found at the Singing Tree Cafe on the opposite side of the river to the main town - near Wat Bo Rd.
It's the pool everyone's been mentioning, though in regards to Roving_Roo's post, it's a fair bit past the school, but it really really is poorly sign posted. I didn't find it til I turned back on my motorbike to go back into town and saw the sign which I'd ridden past a few minutes early - and I still wasn't sure if it was it. Basically it appears to point towards a large shed and is just a painted A-frame a little bit off the side of the road. There is a map in the CD/DVD store in the Alley next to Bar St, but it seems to bear no relation to anything. It actually had the pool placed about two or three doors down from my house, wherease in reality it's about three or four blocks away and no where near the same street. Khmer style...
#7 Introverse has been a member since 12/2/2007. Posts: 11
We stayed at the Bophor Angkor which is a wonderful hotel, amazing room, amazing scenery, great food and a fab pool - much needed after the temples! Bit expensive if you're used to backpacking but cheap if you're not! We paid $45..
#8 lucyhudson has been a member since 25/11/2006. Posts: 38
We stayed at the Ancient Angkor hotel which has it's own pool and for between USD 8 and 10 a night you get a decent size room with satellite TV and some rooms even have a fridge so you can stick your head in it if it gets really hot.
#9 sugarplum has been a member since 26/1/2007. Posts: 16