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Cambodia has a year-round tropical climate which 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 humidity can make it very sticky indeed! Spend any amount of time in Siem Reap city as a tourist exploring Angkor Wat, a traveller or ex-pat and you’ll soon be craving a refreshing dip in a 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 that you can still use.
Most swimming pools in Siem Reap are attached to hotels, hostels, 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’ it can be tricky to find out which hotels and guesthouses offer this.
To save you the trouble of researching it yourself, whilst we were living there we visited and reviewed as many pools as possible. So in the order visited here are some of the 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
We were provided with complimentary use of the swimming pool and facilities of all featured hotels and guesthouses I’ve reviewed below. Read more in our full Product Review Disclosure.
Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa
Located in the centre of Siem Reap near the Royal Gardens is Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa. The hotel buildings are set around a big saltwater 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.
Cost: $25 USD (£19.20) 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) includes a gym, steam room, sauna and jacuzzi.
Opening hours: daily from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Location: Highway No.6. Phum Kasekum, Siem Reap
Tel: (855) 63 76 75 55
Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel
Tucked away down a quiet back street, off Angkor Night Market Street is Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel. It has a gorgeous saltwater 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.
Cost: – Free if you purchase food and/ or drink of at least $5 USD (£3.85).
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 are a freshwater sports pool and a saltwater leisure pool with a small children’s pool. Comfortable sunbeds, tables and parasols are dotted around the pool.
Cost: $8.00++ or $9.14 USD net (£6.16++ or £7.03) – 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 centrepiece is a saltwater 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.
Cost: $5 USD (£3.85)
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 short way out of Siem Reap Centre on National Route 6 (the opposite direction to the airport) is Angkor Era Hotel. It’s 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 to 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.
Cost: $5 USD (£3.85) for pool use only OR $10 USD (£7.70) 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
The Golden Gecko Villa
Centrally located down a quiet side street off Wat Bo Road is The Golden Gecko Villa. It has an attractive, well-maintained, good-sized swimming pool with a lovely waterfall feature at one end. There are plenty of sunbeds complete with towels, tables and large parasols, surrounded by tropical plants and flowers.
Cost: – $5 USD (£3.86) minimum spend on food and/ or drink/ Expats free – just introduce yourselves when you arrive.
Opening hours: daily from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Location: 20th Street off Wat Bo Road, Siem Reap
Tel: (855) 69 641 082/ (855) 10 279 059
Hotel Somadevi Angkor Boutique & Resort
Conveniently situated in the heart of Siem Reap City centre is the luxury Hotel Somadevi Angkor Boutique & Resort. The beautiful, large, crystal clear, saltwater pool is set in the centre of the resort, overlooked by the rooms. There are sunbeds with towels, parasols and small tables on all sides, whilst tropical palms and plants offer extra shade from the hot sun.
At the far end, on a raised platform is The Blue Pool Bar, well stocked with a good range of beer, wine, spirits, tasty cocktails and soft drinks. It also offers an appetising selection of Asian and Western dishes to have either next to the pool or at a dining table situated at the near end of the pool. The staff were extremely friendly and on hand whenever we needed anything.
Cost: $11 USD (£8.50) for adults and $8 USD (£6) for children for full use of the pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.
Opening hours: daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Location: Oum Chhay Street, Siem Reap
Tel: (855) 63 962 662
A short walk or a few minutes tuk tuk or cycle ride from the bustle of Siem Reap centre is the elegant, boutique property eOcambo Residence. As you walk in the entrance you’re greeted by a large saltwater swimming pool, ideally situated in a private walled garden, surrounded by tropical plants and trees.
The unique two-tiered layout (both with sunbeds and towels) of their pool deck area offers unobstructed views of the pool wherever you choose to settle yourself. There are no parasols in sight at this pool…it was designed so palm trees offer natural shade to those relaxing on the top tier, whilst sun-worshippers can bask in the sun on the lower tier. Conveniently located nearby are bathrooms and outdoor showers.
There’s also the option to have a massage for an additional cost. It’s $10 USD (£7.70) for a one-hour hand and foot massage.
At the far end of the pool is a bar where you can buy a selection of reasonably priced poolside snacks, sandwiches, salads and burgers. There is also an extensive drinks menu serving beer, wine, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks. If you’re looking for a more substantial meal you can also dine in the hotel restaurant, there are both Western and Asian dishes.
Cost: Free if you purchase food and drink.
Opening hours: daily from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm
Location: Street 22, Wat Bo Village, Siem Reap
Tel: (855) 70 379 905
Pool Party Hostel
About a 15-minute walk from the bustling pub street and Old Market is Pool Party Hostel. This friendly, chilled-out hostel boasts a big swimming pool in a cosy garden. This great pool comes complete with a swim-up bar with barstools and a water volleyball net. There’s also a sound system set up with Spotify and Youtube which is available for visitors to pick their own poolside tracks.
Around the pool are sunbeds and hammocks, perfect for relaxing with a book and topping up your tan.
At one end of the pool is another bar which has a good selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, including coffees and smoothies. There’s also a large restaurant which serves up delicious Cambodian, Thai and Western food at local prices. There’s also a pool table in the restaurant should you fancy a game or two.
The owner and staff welcomed us with big smiles and were more than happy to help out with any questions we had.
Despite the name this really isn’t a big party hostel; it’s a lovely relaxing place to spend some time on a sunny day. There’s also good wifi so you could also spend a few hours there working with your laptop or catching up on your social media.
Cost: Free if you purchase food and drink
Opening hours: daily from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm
Location: Phsar Krom Road, Vihear Chin Village, Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap
Tel: (855) 012 80 63 99
There are many more pools in Siem Reap that allow non-guests to use, some of which we hope to visit and review soon. In the meantime, if you’d like to find out more pools to investigate yourself, Siem Reap.net have an extensive list of swimming pools in Siem Reap.
|IMPORTANT: We did our best to list the correct prices for the pools in this post. However, we’d recommend calling ahead of your visit to check availability and possible price changes.|
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Product Review Disclosure: We were provided with complimentary use of the swimming pool and facilities of featured hotels. This did not influence my post in any way and as always I’ve provided a balanced and honest review. Read more in our full Product Review Disclosure.