The nightlife scene in Cambodia


Having access to a good nightlife scene can be a determining factor for many expats upon choosing their next destination. Tell us more about the nightlife in Cambodia.

In Cambodia, what is the nighlife culture like: is it common for people to go out at night? Is there a big difference between the nightlife during the weekdays and weekends?

What are the most popular evening or nighttime activities (e.g. bars, nightclubs, shows, cultural activities, etc.)?

Is it safe to venture out in the evening and at night in Cambodia?

Is there anything in particular that surprised you about the nightlife in Cambodia?

Are there any apps or websites (or any other resources) that would help in staying informed about evening and nighttime activities?

Thank you for sharing your experience.


There are many topics on night live, entertainment from you tube and I find them quite accurate. Personally I only visit the riverside bar once a while.
For restaurants at riverside are popular with tourist from Europe, for Asian I would advice restaurants around BBK 1 where you can find many good quality Khmer and other Asian restaurants especially many Japanese and Korean food.
If you like to mingle with lots of local try the containers restaurants near Aeon 1 although food quality is so so but the ambience is great, you get to see many young Khmer there. If you have a lot of cash to splash Naga world is a good place to venture (not the casino but all the fine dining) for ladies there are spa and salon very nice environment. This place is safe with lots of security, nice lounge (darling Daling) and disco, used to be quite cozy but now too many free lance girls soliciting.

As for bars at riverside I always avoid St 136, very rowdy, tuk tuk.. beggar and prices are high, I mostly visit the quieter bars at st 110, 130 etc... if you want to have a quiet drinks, they are not so pushy for lady drinks... better service too.

They are many expatriate here can give you a better advice. Do not venture more than two blocks from the riverbanks after midnight not safe or walk along riverside.That's all folks.

Hi Priscilla.

I knew nightlife in Sihanoukville well, but due to new developments and construction sites the whole nightlife venue has been flattened, although some bar owners started again in another part of town.

Phnom Penh is the capital and has the most vibrant and diverse nightlife.

Local Khmers go out in the weekend, local expats also tend to do so and tourists are of course around every day. It is safe to go out at night, just don't wear expensive things like a Rolex, golden chain, iPhone X or whatever. People are advised to not take notes of 100 usd with them, change them at a hotel or a supermarket, so you can pay in smaller notes.

Plenty of restaurants, not only at the Riverside but all over the city. Anything you would want to eat is available, All European and Asian dishes are available, and beyond that like Mexican, Ethiopian, even American [Hard Rock Cafe].

Coffee shops everywhere, be it the chains like Brown, Amazon or Starbucks or the independent shops offering good quality coffee.

Bars mainly in the Riverside area, from real girly bars to bars/restaurants. One of the best in my opinion is Shanghai on street 51, corner street 172. Large bar/restaurant, downstairs a pub-like area where most people eat, drink and socialize, upstairs a Blue room for life music or chosen music, very comfortable seating like a lounge, at the roof top a terrace with pool table, darts and nice view over the city.

The main girly bars are located in street 136 and 130, more in street 51 and 172.

There are two Japanese counter bars, the girls stay behind the bar, there are karaoke rooms too, they cater to Japanese and other Asian men, the girls are Vietnamese but speak Japanese beside English.

A nice way to treat your [wanna be] girlfriend is a dinner cruise on the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, takes about 3 hours. Before that you can enjoy a cocktail at one of the roof top bars and watch the sun set.

The ultimate jet set venue is Naga World, a huge complex with casinos, night clubs, discos, restaurants and KTV's [Karaoke upscale]. A nice place to meet hi so ladies but don't expect them to be interested in an average dressed foreigner, they have style and they are looking for style.

Transport at night is never a problem, personally I use the Pass App rickshaws [motorized 3-wheelers] and I can only advise ladies to use them too. All details about the car, the driver, pick up place and drop off are known, the cars are followed by GPS, and as you sit inside it is more safe than a tuktuk and half the price.

Life music can be found at many places too, like Tuesday night Blues at Le Bouchon near the Palace, Country and Khmer Rock at Oscar Bistro, Filipino bands at Secrets and Sharky's, Rock at Hard Rock Cafe. Too much to mention, PP is a vibrant city with lots of things to enjoy.


Joe is the man!

Great info guys!
Thank you with the local scene ..

They have cool guides, reviews etc.


Hey Joe I have read many of your posts, and just want to thank you for detailed information about Phnom Penh City life and night life, just wonderful, thx

Hasu62949 wrote:

Hey Joe I have read many of your posts, and just want to thank you for detailed information about Phnom Penh City life and night life, just wonderful, thx

You're most welcome Smokey  :thanks:


There are still a few bars left in Serendipity Road, Nay  Star Bar, Seaside Bar and Bar Nine. Unfortunately these bars, being under threat from Chinese development are extremely competitive and are a little inclined to take advantage of drunk westerners. There are also numerous back packers and guest house bars and restraints still operate in Serendipity Road where you can have a good night out at a reasonable price.
While the Square and Plaza have vanished, many of the these bars have now reopened at a new complex, Sihanoukville Youth Centre can be found at Street 814 off Mittapheap Street.
Of course Victory Hill is still going strong, there are quiet a few girly bar and drinks are at a reasonable price, business as usual.
(Publication such as Canby Publications, Cambodia Red Cat and TripAdvisor need to be in formed and their Blog’s updated.)

If I make it Cambodia , hopefully next year will sure try to hook up and share a few beers

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