Kidney-shaped pools are okay if you want to cool down after lying in the sun but it can be murder if you’re trying to get in a decent cardio workout. There are, however, some pools where one can get in some training.
Nothing can be more annoying than trying to do distance training or swim intervals in a pool full of children intent on splashing each other, jumping in your lane or, worse yet, jumping on you. If you aren’t a vacationing poseur more concerned about a bikini line than getting an endorphin high, nothing beats a 50 metre-long pool where twenty laps means 1k, not a whole host of sugar daddies sitting in a row.
Two Olympic-sized swimming pools open to the public are at the National Stadium and the Thai-Japan Youth Centre. The Royal Bangkok Sports Club and The Polo Club also have 50 metre pools but you need to be a member. Hotels with grown-up pools where you can swim laps can be found at The Sukhothai Bangkok and the Pathumwan Princess but they’re only 25 metres.
06/09/2010 - 13:58