The new Grand Phnom Penh Water Park packs a lot of wet and wild medieval-themed fun into just 8,000 square metres (slightly larger than a football field) of brightly coloured slides and iridescent blue pools.
The water park to the north of Phnom Penh had its soft opening last month inside the semi-developed, 260-hectare gated Grand Phnom Penh International City. (Bathers are shielded from the construction site wasteland surrounding the park by a high white wall.)
A castle-shaped main building contains a café, gym, children’s playroom, changerooms, swimsuit vendors and seating areas.
Pool features include winding inner-tube rides, a bumpy slide, a giant mechanical water bucket, slow-moving moat, climbing forts, slides for the little ones and more.
Already proving popular as the hot season ratchets up the temperature, the place was packed with children and their parents even on a Tuesday afternoon this week.
“It is a fun place to swim,” said Kuong Vath, 16, coming off a trip down the slide. “It’s so hot out now.”
Howie Shou, the owner of the eponymous Street 51 bar who visited last week with his children, gave the water park the thumbs up.
“The place is very nice. My kids like it very much,” said Shou. However, he said crowding was a problem because the park was so small.
“I plan to go again soon, but not on a weekend.”
The water park is open to the general public with tickets $4 for children and $5 for adults from Monday to Friday and $5 and $7 on weekends.
The Grand Phnom International City Penh Water Park is located in the Grand Phnom Penh International City development off the northern end of Hanoi Street. From Khmer New Year on, it will be open from 9am to 6pm. For more information, call 023 997 882 or visit their Facebook page.