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The Best Swimming Pools in Phnom Penh

Whether your goal is to lounge away a sweltering summer’s day or to catch some rays, there’s no shortage of gorgeous hotel swimming pools in Phnom Penh. Even better, you don’t have to be a guest to take a dip, pull up a cabana or sip a poolside cocktail—most hotel swimming pools are open to day visitors.

Nothing beats a swim when you need to cool off on a hot Phnom Penh afternoon. Hotel swimming pools in Phnom Penh are first rate, featuring lush greenery, shady sunbeds, poolside bars and restaurants, and spa and massage facilities. The beautiful thing is that hotel pools are open to drop-in guests, so even if you’re staying at the cheapest hostel in town, you can still splash out a few dollars and enjoy the facilities at one of Phnom Penh’s luxest hotels or urban resorts.

Go on, treat yourself!

Still deciding where to stay? Check out my comprehensive Phnom Penh neighbourhood and accommodation guide.

As an expat living in Phnom Penh, I often met up with friends at my favourite hotel pool. If you work remotely, a poolside lounge makes for an ideal office space. Or, you could just stretch out and do nothing—the perfect recipe for a cheap day in Cambodia’s capital.

This post brings together 13 of the very best hotel swimming pools in Phnom Penh, and explains everything you need to know before visiting a hotel pool as a day guest.


Phnom Penh hotel swimming pool etiquette

  • Most if not all hotels in Phnom Penh make their pool areas available to drop-ins (i.e. non-guests).
  • To use a hotel pool as a non-guest, you’ll need to pay a fixed fee (usually between $5 and $10). This gives you entry for a full day. Kids are typically charged half price.
  • Some hotels also require a minimum spend per person on food or drinks from their bar or restaurant.
  • Hotels give preference to paying guests, so it’s best to call ahead and check availability for the day. If it’s a full house or a particularly hot day and the pool area is busy, staff might turn drop-ins away.
  • Not all hotel pools are open to kids. Check first!
  • Bring your own towel, swimming costume and flip flops. Remember that Cambodia is a Buddhist country – please dress respectfully!
  • Don’t forget your bug spray! A lot of these pools feature potted plants or lush gardens so mosquitoes can be rife.
  • Hotels with bars or restaurants offer poolside service. Remember to tip your waiter when you settle the tab.

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Best resort style swimming pools in Phnom Penh

There are dozens of hotel swimming pools in Phnom Penh to choose from. To make things easier for you, I’ve curated this list of my favourite Phnom Penh swimming pools – each one featuring pleasant surrounds and good service for a fair price. I’ve also made sure that the water quality at each pool ticks off the three C’s: Cool, clean and chlorinated!

All of these 12 outdoor pools welcome drop-ins and are centrally located. At the end of the post, you’ll find the locations for all 12 Phnom Penh pools laid out on a handy map.

Remember, these pools are all attached to equally lovely hotels that make for a wonderful place to base your stay in Phnom Penh! I’ve included a link for each in case you’re tempted to make a booking.

Baitong Hotel. Click to check rates and availability.

Baitong Hotel & Resort

  • Pool hours: From 9am
  • Contact: +855 23 223 838
  • Drop-in cost per day: Free when you have a treatment at Bodia Spa (2nd floor)

This newly opened urban oasis is located in Phnom Penh’s trendy BKK 1 neighbourhood. Surrounded by tall palms and soaring concrete walls with overflowing greenery, it’s probably the most visually impactful hotel pool in the city. The pool area is not open to drop-ins just yet (although the policy might change in the future) – but you can use the facilities for free when you book a treatment at Bodia Spa on the hotel’s second floor.

The Balé. Click to check rates and availability.

The Balé Phnom Penh

  • Pool hours: 7am–7pm
  • Contact: +855 023 900 425
  • Drop-in cost per day: Free when you eat at the restaurant

The mother of all Phnom Penh pools, The Balé’s almost-infinity pool overlooks the Mekong river. The whole resort is architecturally designed to promote relaxation – just a few hours here is all you need to find your zen. Advance bookings are required and depend on hotel occupancy. The on-site Teatro Restaurant offers spectacular dining (including a reasonably priced menu of poolside lunches), so you can really make a day of it.

Better still, make a night of it! Read my full review of The Balé Phnom Penh.

Blue Lime Hotel. Click the photo to make a reservation!

Blue Lime Hotel

  • Pool hours: 10am–8pm
  • Contact: +855 23 222 260
  • Drop-in cost per day: $4 (weekdays); $6 (weekends) – adults only, no kids allowed!

Blue Lime’s pool terrace is extremely impressive, with towering palm trees, curtained cabanas and water features. Sunbeds are plentiful, and the pool itself is large and crystal clear. There’s also a smaller indoor pool available to guests. Some hotel rooms open directly out onto the pool area.

Patio Hotel. Click the photo to check availability & rates.

Patio Hotel

  • Pool hours: 6.30am–11pm
  • Contact: +855 23 997 900
  • Drop-in cost per day: $10 (adults); $5 (kids)

The 16-metre pool on the hotel’s 8th floor (infinity-pool style), boasts magical views of the Independence Monument, one of Phnom Penh’s most recognisable landmarks. There are a few umbrellas, but the pool area is quite exposed during the day. Better to visit in the afternoon when you can take advantage of the chic cocktail bar. A nifty boardwalk hovers over the pool, connecting the terrace with the modern Cambodian restaurant downstairs.

Plantation Resort. Click the photo to start planning your trip!

Plantation Urban Resort

  • Pool hours: 9am–10pm
  • Contact: +855 23 215 151
  • Drop-in cost per day: $5 (adults & kids) – includes a drink at the bar

The mother of all Phnom Penh hotels, Plantation boasts what is likely the biggest and best hotel pool in the city. Sadly, the main pool is only for hotel guests, but the smaller Red Pool is open to drop-ins. Plantation Spa offers sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi facilities as well as beauty treatments and packages. While the flagship 240-minute package will set you back $115, a poolside massage costs just $15.

Anise Villa Boutique Hotel. Click the photo to start planning your stay!

Anise Villa Boutique Hotel

  • Pool hours: 6am–10pm
  • Contact: +855 12 985 400
  • Drop-in cost per day: $5 (adults); $3 (kids)

The pool at Anise Villa is a little on the smaller side but tranquil nonetheless. There’s a cascade wall at one end, a terrace bar/dining area along the side of the pool, and a small collection of deck chairs and outdoor tables to choose from.

Villa Langka. Click the photo to make this your home in Phnom Penh!

Villa Langka

  • Pool hours: 7am–10pm
  • Contact: +855 23 726 771
  • Drop-in cost per day: Free when you spend $7.50 on food and drinks

The large courtyard-style pool area at Villa Langka is overlooked by hotel rooms on three sides. Large trees and palms provide both shade and privacy, and I love that you can see the spires of Wat Langka Pagoda from your deck chair. A poolside bar specialises in cocktails (note the minimum required spend), and the Minispace Spa, open daily from 10am, offers massages and manicures (bookings essential). This hotel is a favourite for families, so you might have to share the pool with a few excited children. The company’s second property in Phnom Penh, Samsara Villa, also features a pool.

Aquarius Urban Resort. Can you picture yourself here? Click the photo to book.

Aquarius Urban Resort

  • Pool hours: 10am–11pm
  • Contact: +855 23 972 089
  • Drop-in cost per day: $12 (adult); $6 (child)

The name says it all: The pool area is the stand-out at this hotel. The L-shaped salt water infinity pool is located on an open-air sky terrace that commands spectacular views of Phnom Penh. There are some cool design features, such as sun beds that cut into the pool, allowing you to sit on the edge and dip your toes in without having to get up. Umbrellas and potted plants provide shade. The pool has a glass wall on one side, making for some fun photo opportunities. Refreshments are available at the SLLA Sky Bar and restaurant, and the Petal Spa offers traditional Khmer treatments.

Double Leaf Boutique Hotel. Click the photo to start planning your escape.

Double Leaf Boutique Hotel

  • Pool hours: 9am–10pm
  • Contact: +855 23 226 288
  • Drop-in cost per day: $7 (adult); $3.50 (child)

Unlike most hotels where the pool is out the back, the small, shallow pool at Double Leaf is located at the front of the property. As a result, it feels a lot less private and secluded than some of the other pools on this list. Poolside seating is limited to a few lounges. Gardens and water features add to the ambiance. My favourite time to use this pool is in the evening when it’s lit up and there’s less foot traffic going by. La Rose, the on-site spa, offers reasonably priced treatments (starting at $17). One of few pools in Tuol Tom Poung, my old neighbourhood, this is a nice place to unwind after wandering around the Russian Market.

Rambutan Resort. Quit dreaming – click the photo and go!

Rambutan Resort

  • Pool hours: 8am–9pm
  • Contact: +855 12 929 328
  • Drop-in cost per day: Free when you spend $8 on food and drink. Adults only – no kids allowed!

My go-to local pool in Phnom Penh, Rambutan boasts one of the few salt water pools in the city. The built-in waterfall is a nice touch, and I love the ‘cave-like’ seating pods where you can squirrel yourself away. Food here is delicious, so you won’t have any trouble making the minimum spend (cocktails cost $4; snacks start from $3). This up-market boutique bills itself as Phnom Penh’s premier gay-friendly accommodation—its Russian Market location makes it popular among couples, so you’re not likely to see any families around. Kids aren’t permitted in the pool area anyway. The drop-in fee includes unlimited free towels.

VMANSION. Click the photo to check availability for your travel dates.

VMANSION Boutique Hotel

  • Pool hours: 7am–10pm
  • Contact: +855 23 219 000
  • Drop-in cost per day: $5 (adults); kids swim free – plus $7 minimum spend on food and drinks per adult

The pool area at this 12-room boutique hotel does feel a little bit boxed-in, but the addition of jasmine plants gives it a nice ambiance. Sun lounges and umbrellas are available, and there’s an on-site bar/restaurant where day guests need to make a minimum spend.

The Kabiki Hotel. Click the photo and lock it in!

The Kabiki Hotel

  • Pool hours: 7am–10pm
  • Contact: +855 23 222 290
  • Drop-in cost per day: $5 (adults); $3 (kids)

This restored period villa is one of Phnom Penh’s loveliest hotels and boasts one of the city’s most tranquil swimming pools. The roomy outdoor terrace area is filled with leafy plants that provide excellent shade. There’s also covered cabanas. Kabiki is a great choice for families—there’s a separate paddle pool for kids and a babysitting service available, too. Bodia Spa (open from 9am) offers massage and beauty treatments, and the Kabiki Restaurant serves up family-friendly meals.

Villa Samnang. Click the photo to book. Just don’t forget your bathers!

Villa Samnang Boutique Hotel

  • Pool hours: 8am–9pm
  • Contact:
  • +855 23 221 644
  • Drop-in cost per day: $5 (adults); $3 (kids) – includes a soft drink and towel hire

The pool at this boutique hotel is small, so there’s not much room to move around the edges. However, there are still tables and chairs to set up on, and more seating in the TAO bar which opens onto the pool area. The BKK1 location (a popular backpacker spot) means it’s often busy, so be prepared to battle it out for a sunbed. When I visited this pool with a group of friends, there was some confusion among staff as to whether to charge us or not. The official drop-in rate includes a soft drink plus free towel hire, making it the only hotel pool on this list to offer such a package.

Harmony Hotel. Click the photo to make a reservation.

Harmony Phnom Penh Hotel

  • Pool hours: 8am–8pm
  • Contact: +855 23 967 068
  • Drop-in cost per day: $6 (adults); $3 (kids)

This is the closest you’ll ever come to swimming in the Mekong (I hope so anyway!). Harmony Hotel is located a block back from Sisowath Quay, giving pool-goers unprecedented views of the river. If the petite cascade pool is full, try the adjoining crescent-shaped outdoor hot tub instead. There are a few sunbeds and tables and chairs available, but note that the pool is very exposed (no leafy trees this high up) and the concrete pool area takes the full force of the sun.

The 252. Click the photo to make your reservation!

The 252 Hotel

  • Pool hours: 8am–10pm
  • Contact: +855 23 998 252
  • Drop-in cost per day: Free with a $5 minimum spend on food and drinks per person (including for kids)

Just a skip from one of Phnom Penh’s best walking streets, Street 278, this boutique hotel features a 13-metre overflow pool nestled in a tropical garden. Park your towel on one of five covered pavilions or the row of sun-drenched deckchairs along the pool’s perimeter. A thatched-roof restaurant in the garden serves breakfast from 7am and cocktails.

Penh House & Jungle Addition. Click the photo to make your reservation!

Penh House & Jungle Addition

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Map of hotel swimming pools in Phnom Penh


Have you been for a dip in Phnom Penh recently? Or maybe your hotel had a particularly nice swimming pool. Please share your recommendations in the comments below!


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  1. Elizabeth says:

    Omg these are all amazing!!! I don’t know why but swimming in an infinity pool has always been on my bucket list! Seems silly- but they are so gorgeous! It would be amazing to visit some of these beautiful pools!

  2. Tanja says:

    I have an update for the Langka pool.
    Still free if you spend money on food and drinks, but is now $7.50.
    The bruschetta’s is worth to try.

  3. JD says:

    Just to update – the Patio is now $10 entry if you want to actually use the pool. The rate is less if you want to just sit at the pool side (they didn’t say how much) but if you wish to actually swim it’s $10 up front.

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