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Entertainment & Nightlife in Cambodia
 
 
 

General

It’s never difficult to find vibrant nightlife in Cambodia, particularly in heavily visited destinations such as Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (which neighbours the Angkor Temple Complex). Bars and restaurants are plentiful, ranging from down-and-dirty drinking holes to smart cocktail bars. Outright nightclubs are few and far between, although girlie bars are anything but rare – be sure to check a venue out before handing over a cover charge.

Most major hotels offer entertainment of their own, with properties in Siem Reap especially good at hosting traditional dance performances during high season. Gambling is a major pastime in Cambodia and there are several casinos in Sihanoukville and on the border with Thailand.

Phnom Penh

Ever since the arrival of UNTAC (UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia) and the NGOs in 1992, Phnom Penh’s nightlife has been developing. While it may not yet rival that of Bangkok, it does have a vibrant, dusk-till-dawn nightlife. It is quite a good party town, and offers a variety of places to choose from, including hostess bars, dance clubs, sports bars, pubs, karaoke bars, discos, and much more. There are nightlife venues in many parts of town, but the city is not so big or spread out, so it is easy to get from one area to another by tuk-tuk or moto.

There are several areas in Phnom Penh where bars and nightlife venues are concentrated. The riverfront has a large number of bars and restaurants along Sisowath Quay, and on the side streets next the riverfront; Street 102, Street 104 and Street 136 (one block from Sisowath Quay) has many hostess bars of which Zanzibar (Street 104) is very popular among expatriates; Street 51 (between Street 154 and Street 174) has the Heart of Darkness, Walkabout, Shanghai and many more.

The Foreign Correspondents Club, has happy hours between 5 pm and 7 pm. This is the most famous in a strip of bars and restaurants along the river front that make superb places to sit and enjoy drinks as the sun goes down. That is when things really start to swing. Khmers tend to go to numerous bia hois (outdoor beer stands) and karaoke halls, such as the ones clustered around the Monivong Boulevard end of Street 184. Hip young locals head to Manhattan's Nightclub, near the Holiday International Hotel, to boogie till daylight at what is probably the closest thing Phnom Penh has to a western disco. The expatriate crowd usually gravitates to one of a handful of bars and nightspots – usually the Heart of Darkness and Martini Pub & Disco, which also features a food court and outdoor movie screen.

The Terrace Pub, just off the main riverside road, is a relatively new British-owned pub. Rubies (Street 240) is a wine bar favoured by young expatriates working for local NGOs.

Live music outside of karaoke parlours is as hard to find as films. Sunday is jam day at the Globe Bar and Restaurant and any musician is welcome to join. The Elephant Bar at Hotel Le Royal along with a few of the larger hotels such as Monirom Villa and Royal Phnom Penh Hotel stage regular cabaret-style or sedate piano performances.

Equinox (Street 278, (near Street 51) has one of the best live music venues in town with weekly concerts from locals and expatriate bands. It's also a two-storey cocktail bar featuring monthly art exhibitions by local and international artists, gaming room with a pool table and the unique bonzini foosball table of Phnom Penh, cool tunes, good food. Increasingly popular with expatriates and happy hours are from 5 pm to 8 pm.

 

 
 

 



 


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