The dry season can be quite a scorcher every year in Cambodia, although it's always on the tropical side no matter the season! A favourite pastime for plenty of residents is to hit the swimming pools in Phnom Penh when it gets too hot.
Most of the big developments in the country include rooftop pools, as do many serviced apartments. But for those of you who don’t have that luxury, we’ve got you covered.
Realestate.com.kh has put together a list of the top swimming pools in Phnom Penh. Plus, if you scroll down to the bottom we pulled together a massive list of pools open to the public in Phnom Penh and a map of pools open to the public in the capital!
We’ve also included their district so you can find the one closest to your home.
Some general advice for using the pools:
- Most hotels, guesthouses, and resorts in Phnom Penh make their pool areas available to drop-ins (i.e. non-guests).
- As a non-guest, you might need to pay a fixed fee or buy some food and drink which might waive the fee.
- It's understandable that some hotels give preference to paying guests, and pools can get busy during peak tourist season. We suggest you check beforehand on the availability for using the pool.
- Some locations introduced half-day room usage and pool access as a range of packages to entice customers during the low season and during the pandemic to boost business.
(Please Note: that during the COVID-19 pandemic a number of pools, hotels and residences have put in place temporary restrictions to comply with health regulations. Prices and opening times have also been adjusted. Please try and contact the venue directly to find out the most up to date information).
Our top pool picks in Phnom Penh:
This massive pool is one of the largest in Phnom Penh -There’s even a small island in the middle! DIB is family-friendly and has a kid’s area and plenty of cabana tables. Located on Koh Pich, it’s adjacent to astroturf soccer fields and a number of larger developments have sprung up around the pool area.
The place can get busy with families on the weekends. There is usually no fee if you buy $5 or more in food and drinks per person but they may charge extra for towels.
If you want a place for a group gathering or a lazy day of swimming and tanning, DIB could be your place.
If you are interested in living in the same neighbourhood as DIB, make sure to read our ultimate guide to Tonle Bassac - one of the swankiest districts in the capital.
- DIB Club
- Koh Pich St, Phnom Penh - 099 997 740
- Open everyday 9am-10pm
- Price: $5 per person or purchase food and drinks
BKK1’s Rambutan Resort is a gay-friendly boutique resort in the trendy BKK1 neighbourhood. Their saltwater pool area is adults only and the premises have an artsy, quiet vibe.
They’ve also got a well-stocked bar and a full menu and rotating weekly food and drink specials.
A day pass will cost $8 but buy an entree with a drink and the fee will be waived. The mini waterfall is also a great place to snap a photo.
In general, BKK1, 2, and 3 is where many expats choose to live in Cambodia so the pool can be a popular hangout.
Rambutan also has a sister resort in Siem Riep.
- Rambutan Resort
- BKK1, 29 St 71, Phnom Penh - 017 992 240
- Open everyday 6am-9pm
- Price: $8 per person or purchase food and drinks
National Olympic Stadium Pool
As the only full public accessible Olympic-sized pool in the country, this is where you’ll want to go to do some lap training but the pool can also get busy. This outdoor pool is 50 metres long and it costs less than a dollar for a day pass.
There were plans in the works for an updated $2 million indoor facility that could be potentially free to use.
To find out more about gyms and fitness in Cambodia browse our list of the best gyms in Phnom Penh.
Mad Monkey Phnom Penh
Mad Monkey is a popular backpacker chain hostel and their location in Phnom Penh features a small swimming pool, bar and full menu. They also show sports and hold BBQ and other events.
They don’t charge to use the pool if you buy food or drinks. There is usually a mixed crowd if expats, locals, and travellers with a good vibe.
Aquarius Hotel & Urban Resort
The pool at Aquarius is picturesque and offers some great views from the saltwater, glass-walled, rooftop infinity pool. What more do you need to say? Oh yes, sky bar, maybe?
It's also a popular place for a mini staycation near Phnom Penh’s riverside. There is free swimming pool access if you spend $12 on food and drinks.
If you’re addicted to Instagram, this is probably the place for you. And while you’re there, follow Realestate.com.kh on Instagram.
There are many similar fantastic rooftop & infinity pools in the city such as at Sun & Moon Hotel, Patio Hotel & Urban Resort, or Penh House.
- Aquarius Hotel
- Preah Ang Phanavong St. (240), Phnom Penh- 017 220 075
- Open everyday 7am-11pm
- Price: $12
The Balé Phnom Penh
The Balé Phnom Penh is slightly further from the capital's centre and is a more luxurious retreat and resort getaway that has proven popular with expats.
The views of the Mekong Delta landscape from the resort’s pool is beautiful and access is open to non-guests for only USD $15net per person.
There is also a gourmet dining selection and the pool is perfect for a romantic getaway and some tranquillity from the city.
Some other classy and luxury pools which you can access at hotels and resorts in Phnom Penh include those at The Plantation, Palace Gate Hotel, Marriott Courtyard, Baitong Hotel, and the Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh.
Pools open to the public in Phnom Penh
Still didn’t find what you were looking for in the five swimming pools above? Well, here’s an updated list of all the swimming pools in Phnom Penh that are currently open to the public. Find the ones in your neighbourhood, grab your towel, and let us know what's the best swimming pool in Phnom Penh!
|Anik Boutique Hotel and Spa||BKK||$10||023 222 507|
|Anise Villa||BKK||$5||012 985 400|
|House Boutique Hotel||BKK||$5||023 220 884|
|Le Safran Hotel||BKK||$5||070 739 915|
|Manor House Hotel||BKK||$5||023 992 566|
|The Mekong Dragon Hotel||BKK||$5||023 982 666|
|Ming Hour Sport Club||BKK||$3||015 558 789|
|Palm Tree Boutique Hotel||BKK||Buy food or drink||023 229 933|
|Patio Hotel||BKK||$10||023 997 900|
|The Place Gym||BKK||$15||069 876 777|
|Prasats Boutique Hotel||BKK||$5||077 465 533|
|Skyline Boutique Hotel||BKK||$8||023 210 015|
|Villa Samnang||BKK||$5||023 221 644|
|Great Duke Hotel||Chamkarmon||$25||023 424 888|
|Jasmin Monument Hotel||Chamkarmon||$4||023 221 322|
|La Rose Boutique Hotel||Chamkarmon||$5||023 211 130|
|New Midtown Hotel||Chamkarmon||$4||023 986 828|
|Sofitel Phnom Penh||Chamkarmon||$15||023 999 200|
|SuperFit Gym||Chamkarmon||$8||023 999 229|
|Teav Bassac Boutique Hotel||Chamkarmon||$5||023 982 828|
|YK Art House||Chamkarmon||$3||070 740 051|
|The Kingdom Resort||Chbar Ampov||$3||023 721 514|
|High Sky Hotel||Chroy Changvar||$3||023 966 111|
|Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel||Chroy Changvar||$10||023 685 8888|
|The 252 Boutique Hotel||Daun Penh||$5||023 998 252|
|Blue Lime||Daun Penh||$6||023 222 260|
|The Billabong Hotel||Daun Penh||$5||023 223 703|
|Essence Hotel||Daun Penh||$10||023 999 938|
|Eureka Villas||Daun Penh||$5||023 699 9020|
|Grand Waterfront Hotel||Daun Penh||$5||092 887 879|
|Harmony Hotel||Daun Penh||$6||023 967 068|
|Himawari Hotel||Daun Penh||$7||023 214 555|
|Hotel Cambodiana||Daun Penh||$12||023 426 288|
|The Kabiki||Daun Penh||$5||023 222 290|
|Okay Boutique Hotel||Daun Penh||$5||023 979 666|
|Phnom Penh Hotel||Daun Penh||$6||023 991 868|
|River Home Boutique Hotel||Daun Penh||$4||023 221 992|
|The Sangkum Hotel||Daun Penh||$10||096 286 0106|
|S.D. Holiday Hotel||Daun Penh||$5||085 353 585|
|Sun & Moon Urban Hotel||Daun Penh||$18||023 961 888|
|Sundance Inn & Saloon||Daun Penh||Buy food or drink||016 802 090|
|Teahouse Hotel||Daun Penh||$5||023 212 789|
|VMansion Boutique Hotel||Daun Penh||$5||023 219 000|
|Good Time Health & Fitness||Russey Keo||$4||023 986 686|
|Cambodian Country Club||Sen Sok||$12||093 885 591|
|Dara Airport Hotel||Sen Sok||$8||023 888 668|
|International Youth Sport Club||Toul Kork||$5||095 777 088|
|Double Leaf Hotel||Toul Tum Poung||$7||023 226 288|
|Phnom Penh Sport Club||Toul Tum Poung||$5||023 215 561|
It's cool to hit the pools in Phnom Penh
If you've been in Phnom Penh for any length of time, you know it gets hot. Entertainment options are growing day by day in the city.
However, lounging at the nearest pool while sipping a cold beverage is still a go-to activity for most city dwellers.
So, after reading this guide you should know all the ins and outs of pools in Phnom Penh. Now just grab the sunblock and find an open lounge chair.
To find an apartment building that has a pool of its own start browsing apartments for rent in Phnom Penh.