Hangin' at the Aqua

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Pool at the Aqua

 

Siem Reap was a six-hour, $6 bus ride from Phnom Penh and an ideal spot to hang out for a few days waiting for the U.S. Embassy to open so I can get pages added to my passport. I had already been out to Angkor Wat on several earlier visits so spent most of this one hanging out at the Aqua Bar, a one dollar tuk tuk ride from the Old Market area. Since being listed in Lonely Planet a couple of years ago, business at the edge-of-town place had gradually increased. Saturday, more than a dozen travelers swam or basked pool-side during morning sunshine and afternoon rains. On Sunday, many of the local expats brought their kids to swim and play in the pool.

 

The tropical garden between the pool and the bar had grown in nicely with thicker vegetation than on my last visit.

Waitress at the Aqua
A small cement pond there housed two baby crocodiles. The thatched-roof main building houses a bar with a cable television usually broadcasting world sports. The Brit owner, John, is a devoted Manchester United fan; several generations of that club's jerseys decorate the walls. Possibly the first vuvuzela in Cambodia hangs silent behind the bar, painted brightly in South African colors. A spacious chill-out area has plenty of tables and padded chairs; some hanging from the rafters. World-class music fills the entire complex. Being primarily a day-time, swimming pool place, the Aqua quiets down soon after sunset, so like most visitors, I shuffled back into town for an evening meal and vibrant nightlife.

 

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Pool at the Aqua
Pool at the Aqua
Waitress at the Aqua
Waitress at the Aqua
The Aqua Bar
The Aqua Bar
Rainy season roof repairs
Rainy season roof repairs
Silenced vuvuzela
Silenced vuvuzela
Swim-up bar
Swim-up bar
Croc
Croc
Afternoon rain
Afternoon rain
Swimming in the rain
Swimming in the rain
Power outage at the Aqua
Power outage at the Aqua
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photo by: genetravelling