Swimming pool in Nakhon Ratchasima

March 16, 2013

When I go to Nakhon Ratchasima during breaks or on weekends I have nowhere to swim, not until recently though. After doing some research online I found out there is one spot to go to when you want to swim here in Nakhon Ratchasima without being charged a fitness club membership or a hotel room for a night: the Fantasia Lagoon at The Mall.

You can find the swimming pool (blue square) right next to The Mall Nakhon Ratchasima (red square)

You can find the swimming pool (blue square) right next to The Mall Nakhon Ratchasima (red square)

The Fantasia Lagoon is pretty easy to find since everybody in Nakhon Ratchasima knows where The Mall is; it is the last sign of civilization between all the rice paddies here. Once there you can easily park your car, bulk up on food supplies from the supermarket or the fast food restaurant, and enter the Lagoon after paying a modest entrance fee of just 100 baht for adult or 70 baht for kids. Having an M-card will give you a 50% discount on these prices.
(UPDATE: per 2015 the normal entrance price has been increased to 200 baht for adults and the M-card only gives a 20% discount. But you are now able to buy a 1-year entrance ticket for 2,000 baht which is a pretty good deal in case you plan on visiting often).

Ticket boot for the Fantasia Lagoon, conveniently located right next to the food court.

Ticket boot for the Fantasia Lagoon, conveniently located right next to the food court.

Or, even better, when you have an M-card the entrance fee will be free in case you got a hi-so M-card, or you get 50% off when you have the normal M-card. This promotion is in place for some time already and you can make use of it every day for a maximum of 2 people.  Since getting an M-card will cost you under 100 baht you already start saving money when you just go there twice.

50% discount on the ticket price of 100 baht for a maximum of 2 people per day per M-card.

50% discount on the ticket price of 100 baht for a maximum of 2 people per day per M-card.

Once you entered the Fantasia Lagoon you will need to become properly dressed in one of the dressing rooms, meaning you need a swimming cap and a swimsuit, or otherwise you can rent one next to the pool. If the renting prices seem steep then just make sure you bring your own gear or buy it next to the ticket boot or at the sports department of the shopping center.

Prices for renting equipment. You can also buy your own stuff right next to the ticket boot or at the sports department of the mall.

Prices for renting equipment. You can also buy your own stuff right next to the ticket boot or at the sports department of the mall.

All you need to go swim. Ooh, some swimming trunks might be nice also. )M-card for discount, swimming cap to comply with regulations, swimming goggles to not get water in your eyes)

All you need to go swim. Ooh, some swimming trunks might be nice also.
(M-card for discount, swimming cap to comply with regulations, swimming goggles to not get water in your eyes)

The Fantasia Lagoon has a shallow kids playground, a normal playground with some waterslides, and an Olympic pool; for me there choice is always easy to make since I just want to swim laps as quickly as possible. To my surprise the Olympic pool is only about 1.60m deep, but that does not limit the fun.

Map of the Fantasia Lagoon swimming park.

Map of the Fantasia Lagoon swimming park.

The water slides at the Fantasia Lagoon

The water slides at the Fantasia Lagoon

The Olympic swimming pool at the Mall; Nakhon Ratchasima

The Olympic swimming pool at the Mall; Nakhon Ratchasima

While you would expect a bunch of serious swimmers occupying the pool it is mainly used as a farang meeting spot during the day where groups of Germans and Scandinavians come together every day to sit in the sun and cool down in the water. Besides that you will see some smaller groups of school kids who are probably skipping classes and off course there is me going up and down the pool like a speedboat for 30-45 minutes.

For questions/remarks you can contact me at: eric@stuckinthailand.com

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