It’s hard to keep up with an exercise routine while traveling through Cambodia. There just aren’t very many gyms in the country. Luckily the town of Kampot finally has a couple places to workout.
If you want an actual gym, then the Blue Star Sport Club is your only option. They’re open daily from 6am-8pm and are located west of the new bridge and up the first road on your right (Sky street). There aren’t any signs so look out for a large building with a blue roof. It will be towards the northeast end of the street. The gym itself has a good collection of equipment and free weights for just about everyone. The machinery is in decent condition and a few look fairly new. Plus there is also a large collection of Ping Pong tables to play on. However, there aren’t any fans or air-conditioning, so bring a towel and prepare to sweat. The price for a single day entry is 1500 Riel (37 cents), but outside drinks are not allowed. So bring an extra 1000 Riel for a water out of their ice chest.
The owner is a school teacher who opened the gym a few years ago. Nobody speaks English and don’t be surprised when groups of children aged 8-15 show up to play on the equipment. Just be safe, use proper technique, and be a good example for the young Cambodians.
South of the lily pond and down by the aquatic center is a new Free Gym along the river. This is just a small collection of outdoor cardio machines that are common in parks throughout SE Asia. You best use them quick before they are broken!
There are a few hotels and guesthouses which advertise fitness centers, but these are generally restricted to their guests. The good ones, such as the Nataya Bay Resort and the Thansur Highland Resort, are located outside of town towards Bokor Mountain. Each has a collection of cardio machines and a small supply of free weights. However, they’re a little bit pricey for the budget traveler with rooms starting at $70-90.
Overall there are enough options for gyms in Kampot that you should be able to find somewhere to get a workout in. Kampot is a quickly growing town and foreigners are beginning to flock here for the cheap semi-rugged living. Perhaps in the future there will be more western style gyms, but for now it has most of the amenities you could need.