Olympic swimming pool in Phuket

February 15, 2015

Phuket is an island and therefore surrounded by sea, but I still had trouble finding a decent spot to swim laps. Even though I would have preferred to swim in the sea it just was not practical as I would have to go to the beach by car and would not be able to leave the car keys somewhere dry while I am trying to stay alive between the waves. So I set out to find a decent swimming pool, preferably Olympic size, and found one at Saphan Hin park.

Location of the swimming pool

Location of the swimming pool

The swimming pool is located in/near Saphan Hin park and is open to everybody as it is a public pool. Right in front of the building are parking spots for both cars and motorbikes and there is even a guard sitting somewhere who does nothing but sitting there. I assume he works for the pool but it is also possible he works somewhere else and just spends his off-duty hours sitting here.

The building from the outside

The building from the outside

The pool is open daily from 8:30AM onwards and it is recommended to check out the pool a few times to find the perfect time for you to swim there. At times you will be the only person there and then suddenly a group of school kids will arrive who stay for about 45 minutes and then just as suddenly disappear again. Maybe they go to the pool once a week for physical education or something although it never looks like they are being supervised or do anything but just playing around. So far I have had no trouble with them though, I normally pick the further lane and they stay nicely in the first lanes.

Opening times of the pool

Opening times of the pool

Entrance to the pool is a mere 20 baht for people over 18 years old and minors are allowed in for half-price. For that kind of money you cannot expect much and you also do not get much: the dressing rooms are basic and the showers barely have water pressure. But that should not stop you of going there as the pool itself is pretty much all you can ask for.

The dressing rooms with lockers (bring your own lock)

The dressing rooms with lockers (bring your own lock)

The showers and toilets: not really 5-star

The showers and toilets: not really 5-star

The pool has a total of 8 lanes with some spare space on the sides and the length is 50 meters. The water is quite shallow with only about 1 meter depth but I have never had any trouble with flip-turns so that is no problem. The shallow depth is probably done on purpose as I doubt they have a water heating system so they rely on solar power to get the water warm during the day. So far I have no complaints about the water quality although it is not spotless on the bottom of the pool.

Nice and quiet; perfect for swimming laps

Nice and quiet; perfect for swimming laps

All together I am happy with my “discovery” of this pool as it gives me the opportunity to train my swimming in a decent pool at low costs. I still need to figure out how I can avoid the hordes of kids who stop by around noon but that will happen soon as I will check the place out at different times on the day to find out what their visiting pattern is. 

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

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