Cambodia’s year round tropical climate sees temperatures of hot, hotter or scorching. In the dry season, there’s dusty, dry air to contend with and in the rainy season, the varying degrees of humidity can make it very sticky indeed! Spend any amount of time in Siem Reap as a tourist, traveller or expat and you’ll soon be craving a refreshing dip in a swimming pool. But what about if you find yourself staying or living somewhere with no pool or a pool of dubious quality? Well, there’s no need to worry as there are numerous swimming pools in Siem Reap. Most are attached to hotels and guesthouses and many of these allow non-guests to the pool if some food or drink is bought, or for a fee. However, if you’re not ‘in the know’ in can be tricky to find out which hotels and guesthouses offer this.
To save you the trouble of researching swimming pools in Siem Reap we’re visiting and reviewing as many pools as possible whilst living here. This could take some time, so instead of waiting to post once we’ve visited them all, I’ll share reviews of those we’ve visited so far, then I’ll update as and when we visit more.
So in the order visited here’s the first batch of swimming pools in Siem Reap that you can use if you’re not a guest at the hotel or guesthouse.
Swimming Pools in Siem Reap open to Non-guests
We were provided with complimentary use of the swimming pool and facilities of all featured hotels and guesthouses, which I’ve reviewed below. Read our full Product Review Disclosure here.
The hotel buildings are set around a big salt water swimming pool, children’s pool and jacuzzi. The pool area has plenty of sunbeds with towels, tables, and parasols and is surrounded by an attractive, leafy garden.
There’s a poolside bar from which you can order a good selection of drinks and Western and Asian food, which you can enjoy either pool side or in the restaurant. We found the pool staff to be very attentive, friendly, and always available when we wanted to order anything.
In addition to the pools, there’s a small gym and children’s soft playroom. The playroom has a nurse so you can leave your children to play for a while, whilst you take some time out. if you want to pamper yourself there’s also a spa offering a range of treatments for an additional charge. Attached to the spa are separate changing rooms and toilets for ladies and men which can be used by pool visitors. Free wifi is available too.
It should be noted that if the hotel is very busy in high season the pool may not be open to non-residents so always best to check before arriving.
We spent a lovely, peaceful afternoon here; perfect for a relaxing treat.
Cost: $25 USD (£19.20 GBP) for full use of the pools, gym and steam room plus a credit for the same amount to spend on food or drinks from the restaurant or bar.
Opening hours: daily from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Location: Central Park, Siem Reap
Tel: (855 63) 760 428
Royal Angkor Resort
Out on National Route 6, towards Siem Reap International Airport is Royal Angkor Resort. It boasts a huge (35 metre) swimming pool, surrounded by neat lawns and tall palm trees. Sunbeds and towels, tables, and parasols line the poolside.
Set back from the pool is a bar, however, it seemed to be unmanned when we visited so we didn’t sample any food or drinks. In the gardens is a gym and spa offering a variety of treatments for an additional cost. At the far end of the pool are toilets, showers, and small changing rooms for both men and women. There is also a steam room, sauna, and jacuzzi but they were closed when we were there, I assume because it was low season. Wifi is available free of charge.
Due to its size, this pool is great if you want to swim lengths. It’s also used for swimming lessons, although I’m not sure how regularly they take place. Just before we left at about 2:30 pm on a Saturday a group of children arrived for lessons.
Cost: $5 USD (£3.85 GBP) includes a gym, steam room, sauna, and jacuzzi.
It has a gorgeous salt water swimming pool, surrounded by a beautiful tropical garden. There are several sunbeds with small tables and big parasols, as well as a seating area at one end with bright, comfy cushions.
At the other end of the pool near to the hotel is a well-stocked bar serving delicious cocktails, beer, and soft drinks, and a great selection of Western and local food. The staff were all extremely welcoming and friendly and the service from the bar and restaurant was quick and efficient.
Attached to Baby Elephant is Lemongrass Garden Spa which offers massages and other health and beauty treatments at an extra charge. Near the pool is a shower and toilet where you can change ready for your refreshing dip.
The fast wifi is free to use if you check in on Facebook. This quiet oasis made a fantastic alternative office for the afternoon when I visited with my laptop to finish some writing.
Cost: – Free if you purchase food and/ or drink of at least $5 USD (£3.85 GBP).
Opening hours: daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Location: Street 53, #418, Vihear Chin, Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap
Tel: (855) 77 769 126
Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat
Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat can be found away from the noisy city centre, down a bumpy red dirt track on the outskirts of Siem Reap. It has three swimming pools set amongst lush green and floral landscaped gardens. There’s a fresh-water sports pool and a salt water leisure pool with a small children’s pool. Comfortable sunbeds, tables and parasols are dotted around the pool.
Between the two main pools is ‘Niam Niam’ the resort’s restaurant where you can order a variety of Asian and Western dishes, alcoholic and soft drinks. The staff were on hand if we needed them but were unobtrusive and left us to our own devices the rest of the time. We found the pool staff to be very attentive, friendly, and always available when we wanted to order anything.
The resort also has a yoga and gym studio, offering daily yoga sessions. Additionally, there’s a spa which offers a wide range of holistic and spa treatments at an extra cost. Toilets and showers are near the pool and good quality wifi is free for pool visitors to use.
Apparently, the pools rarely get busy so make a great spot to lounge around and chill out with a good book.
Cost: $8.00++ or $9.14 USD net (£6.16++ or £7.03 GBP) – Pool and gym use with food and drink credit OR pool, gym, and yoga pass.
Opening hours: daily from 6:30 am to 10:00 pm
Location: Navutu Rd, Siem Reap
Tel: (855) 063 964 864
Spring Palace Boutique Hotel
A little way out of Siem Reap centre is Spring Palace Boutique Hotel.The hotel’s centre piece is a salt water swimming pool in a peaceful, green, well-maintained garden. At one end of the pool is a built in jacuzzi. The other three sides of the pool are set up with sunbeds, towels, tables and parasols.
Near the reception is a well-stocked bar offering beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks. There’s also a very nice menu consisting of Asian and Western dishes. The staff were attentive without being overbearing. They were always happy to help and checked with us regularly to see if we needed anything.
The hotel has decent wifi which means you could base yourself with here with your laptop to work for a change of scenery like I did. This is a lovely space to retreat to away from the noisy city centre.
on is a well-stocked bar offering beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks. There’s also a very nice menu consisting of Asian and Western dishes. The staff were attentive without being overbearing and always happy to help, checking with us regularly to see if we needed anything.
This is a lovely space to retreat to away from the noisy city centre. There’s also decent wifi which means you could base yourself with here with your laptop to work for a while for a change of scenery like I did.
Cost: $5 USD (£3.85 GBP)
Opening hours: daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Location: Thmor Meas Road, Siem Reap
Tel: (855) 063 965 499
Angkor Era Hotel
A little way out of Siem Reap Centre on National Route 6 (the opposite direction to the airport) is Angkor Era Hotel.
The hotel is set around a beautiful, good sized pool with several sunbeds, parasols and tables. There is no poolside bar, however, the pool staff checked with us see if we wanted to order anything from the menu. There was a choice of Asian or Western food and the usual alcoholic or soft beverages.
In the main building beside the pool, is a gym, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and cold plunge pool. There are two of everything – separated for ladies and men (except for the gym). A spa is also available which offers massages and other treatments. Unfortunately, the day we visited we didn’t get a chance to have a massage. The changing rooms are attached to the spa and there are additional pool side showers near the pool. Free wifi is available too.
Due to its out of city location this pool stays pretty quiet so it’s a nice place to relax and maybe treat yourself to a massage.
It should be noted that if the hotel is busy in high season the pool may not be open to non-guests, so be sure to check before arriving.
Cost: $5 USD (£3.85 GBP) for pool use only OR $10 USD (£7.70 GBP) for pool and a one hr massage.
Opening hours: daily from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Location: National Road 6, Phum Khnar, Khum Chreav, Siem Reap
Tel: (855) 63 968 99
We have plenty more pools lined up to visit over the coming weeks and months so watch this space for updates. If you can’t wait for the next reviews but would like a list of pools to investigate yourself, the guys at Siem Reap.net have an extensive list of swimming pools in Siem Reap.
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P.S. If you’re travelling or living in Cambodia and looking for something off the beaten track the posts via the following link may give you some ideas:
Product Review Disclosure: We were provided with complimentary use of the swimming pool and facilities of all featured hotels and guesthouses. This did not influence my post in any way and as always I’ve provided a balanced and honest review.