Running and Swimming
A good opportunity to meet local expatriates is via the Hash House Harriers, usually referred to simply as ‘the Hash’. A weekly run/ walk takes place every Sunday. Participants meet in front of Phnom Penh train station (Map pp74-5) at 2.45pm. The entry fee of US$5 includes refreshments (mainly a lot of beer) at the end.
Many of the midrange and top-end hotels have swimming pools in which to cool off on a hot day. Most open their pools to the public for a fee. The Hotel Cambodiana (p95) charges just US$6 during the week, while Hotel Le Royal demands US$20 jper day for use of the pool and gym.
The best-value deal in town is currently at Pavilion (p95), which has a leafy swimming pool in its grounds and requires only that swimmers spend US$5 on food and drink in the course of their visit. The bad news for families is that children are not allowed. There is also the tiny swimming pool at popular bar- restaurant Elsewhere (pl04); a dip (more than a swim) is free, including children between 4pm and 6pm.
Other options include Himawari (Map p79; g 426806; 313 Sisowath Quay), which charges US$10 including access to the gym; Parkway Health Club (Map pp74-5; g 982928; 113 Mao TseToung; US$6), which has an indoor pool, steam bath, sauna and gym; and Long Beach Plaza Hotel (Map pp74-5; g 998007; St 289; US$1), a bargain for a lap-sized pool.
There is also a beautiful swimming pool at L’Elephant Blanc Resort (p95) about 7km out of town on the road to Neak Luong. It costs USS4/2 per adult/child, half again when it is quiet during the week, and there is a decent restaurant-bar here.
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