Phnom Penh’s nightlife has evolved considerably over the past few years and the city now offers something to cater to pretty much every taste and budget.
Here’s a guide to some of the more popular evening entertainment areas:
The iconic home of Phnom Penh’s nightlife, the Riverside area hosts everything from classic dining restaurants and chic cafes to pubs selling $1 (or even 50c) happy hour beers.
St.51 is Riverside’s mischievous younger cousin, tempting you into one of its many small bars with the promise of tequila-fuelled oblivion and plenty of outrageous stories to tell.
This laidback, cheap’n’cheerful strip between St.13 and St.19 fuses guesthouses, bars and family restaurants, keeping the old-school travelling vibe alive with expats frequently joining in the fun.
Located in the northern region of the city’s increasingly boutique BKK1 area, the “Wat Lanka” area is a mix of backpacker parties, open-till-late restaurants and chic cocktail spots. Meet a lively cast of backpackers, expats, regulars, and drop in visitors – a perfect backdrop for your time in the Penh.
Some may consider it pretentious, but the winding lanes of the Tonle Bassac area holds many cosy-but-classy artisanal-themed bars, which nonetheless provide an interesting new diversion in the city’s nightlife.
Hun Sen Park
It’s just across the bridge to Koh Pich, the island favoured by Khmer teenagers for hanging out on motorcycles.
There is, of course, an abundance of nighttime activities for you to take part in. Check out the options below: