Photo: Grab a sala and lose a day at DIB Club.

Stuff to do in Phnom Penh

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If you’re all done with the top shelf sights and attractions in Phnom Penh but still have some time up your sleeve, then don’t fret, there is plenty to keep you busy for longer.





Phnom Penh gets hot, real hot and while not everyone has the budget for a hotel or guesthouse with a swimming pool, there are no shortage of places where you can cool off for as long as you want—in return for a fee or a minimum spend at the bar, cafe or restaurant. Most hotels will allow this, so take the following just as a sample and don’t be shy about wandering into a hotel and simply asking. Note many of the large chain hotels will let you in but their bar and restaurant prices may leave you weeping...

Now that is a pool with a view. At Aquarius. Photo taken in or around Stuff to do in Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

Now that is a pool with a view. At Aquarius. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Two of the up on high pools we liked were the glass sided pool at Aquarius (non–guests $12) and The Patio (non–guests $10). The hotels share the same owners and the views from both are terrific. Aquarius has the added gimmick of part of the pool being glass sided so you can get a pretty special selfie here—the pool os also a good bit larger than the one at The Patio.

If you just want to get wet, Villa Borann on Street 19 charges just $10 for a dip, though the pool is quite small. Also in the northern reaches of BKK1, Home Chic Hotel offers access for a $5 minimum spend (get in early, there are not all that many deckchairs). For something more seductive, Villa Langka (near the same–named temple) offers access to its lovely and well shaded pool for a minimum spend at their restaurant. Another more sumptuous choice is a cabana at Blue Lime which you’ll find off of Street 19 behind the palace.

Float in the shadows at Villa Langka. Photo taken in or around Stuff to do in Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Stuart McDonald.

Float in the shadows at Villa Langka. Photo: Stuart McDonald

If you’d prefer a more dedicated splash zone, the DIB Club over on Koh Pich (a 5-10 minute tuk tuk ride from downtown Phnom Penh) offers access to the pool for a minimum spend of $5. It apparently gets packed on weekends, but was relaxed and sleepy on our midweek visit. Of all the pools, if you have kids in tow, this would be our first choice. Open from ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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