This was the so-called suicide shot that they have at the bar, some mixture of Sambuca, Vodka, Tequila, or whatever...you chase it down with tomato juice spiked with at least two tablesppons of tobasco so you can set your stomach on fire twice.
As there is no such thing as nightlife in the small town of Kampot, singing the Karaoke is just the ultimate nighttime entertainmenr. Ask your local guide or any motodup and have a singalong with the local. BIG FUN!
Dress Code: none
We found it a bit harrowing walking the streets of Phnom Penh by night. It was very dark and the motto drivers wore masks presumably to protect themselves from fumes though the effect was to make them more menacing when harassing you for a fare. After one nighttime trek across town, we stayed in our local market area and only had to contend with the occasional rat on our short walk home. Other cities seemed much safer though the main attraction, especially at the beach town of Sihanoukville was prostitution and since that was not of interest to us, we tended to have a meal and hit the sack early. With great beaches and inexpensive cafes right on them, it seemed the smart thing to do. Free lounge chairs and shade providing umbrellas were just one attraction as the surprisingly had good beer to boot. ABC Stout is a Singaporean import of unusual richness, with a robust roasty bitterness and full malty palate. But beware, at 8% alcohol, it must be treated with respect, especially when drinking in the hot Cambodian sun. They are expensive by local standards running about a dollar even in grocery stores but worth every penny.
Dress Code: Bathing suits for Westerners but locals tend to dress more conservatively.
When we first arrived at the Heart of Darkness, there wasn't much of a crowd, but I did notice the nice faux-Angkor decor and cool lighting. We went next door to Howie's Bar (which is also a great place) for a couple drinks while lounging around before returning to the Heart of Darkness which had picked up with the later hours. There's a pool table, dancing to American music, old expats men and young Cambodian girls. It was just a random, fun time.
I was really suprised how good the night life was in Phnom Penh.
Fine there was no ministry of sound but it has a decent hip hop scene and also chilled out bars and cafes are in a plenty, particluarly near the lakeside.
There are also some great restuarants which are naturally very cheap.
Probabaly my pic of the nightclubs in Phnom Penh. Its probabaly not what most people are used to and if your thinking soho then dont go there. You wont find any plush decor or the likes ,you will find a good night out with decent music till the early hours of the morning ( behind closed doors though).
Occasionally you may see some guys who might walk in with some weapons but in all honesty there preety harmless and i think its a bit more for show.
Dress Code: No dress code
I had read conflicting information about this bar so I had no idea what to expect. It was quite unassuming on the outside. Once we entered I was impressed from the first minute I walked in the door. It was decorated in a gothic style - lots of red and black but done tastefully. It was mostly travelers and expats with a few local prostitutes mixed in. The music ranged from classic rock, dance, hard rock, rap. It was a good mixture. The dance floor isn't very large and it got a bit crowded but I loved all the intimate seating areas with pillows everywhere. They only knew basic drinks here. I couldn't get a vodka sour, margarita or anything similiar so I guess you have to stick with drinks that are easy to make! We partied from 11 pm to 4:00 am and the place was still going strong.
Dress Code: I don't think they had one.
a place where all the backpackers in cambodia haves a beer in before leaving, owner is scottis and there are a danish girl working there...
on the walls there are written notes from people all over the world..
Ginger Monkey is a chill spot near the river. Always has good music and good people. The crowd is more of the younger ex -pat NGO workers, teachers and volunteers but also a place where backpackers chill away from the lake.
Dress Code: No dress code...this is a chill spot.
Visiting a night club in Cambodia is a really weird, but nevertheless fun, experience. Once you enter you're immediately 'attacked' by 20 or so beer girls trying to sell you their product. On stage there was a Khmer girl band consisting of four barely dressed teenage girls singing local pop songs with occasional Karaoke attempts by one of the guests.
The strangest experience, however, was the bathroom visit. There is one guy whose only job is to open the door for you. So i entered the room and went to the pissoir. I opened the zipper and was about to start when i suddenly felt two hands on my shoulders. First i was rather shocked, but then i realised that the beer price includes a 'toilet massage'. When you're finished this night club employee will also wash and dry your hands. That's what i call service.
This was the place where i spent my 24th birthday.
Dress Code: none
This is where the locals go to dance local music.
The Kmer songs range from traditional to hip hop or trance. All of course in Kmer.
It's a great way to see the local customs.
However, please note that the girls that tend to attend this place are workers.
Therefore not recommended for a single female to go in there alone. The locals might misinterpret your intentions.
Dress Code: Casual but neat.
The Cambodians are dressed nicely. Girls wear jeans and a nice top.
One of the few "western-style" clubs in PP. The area around is not very inviting, as there is not much public lighting and is rather dark... so the place is really in "the heart of Darkness"!! LOL
Of course the name comes from the Conrad's novel, later adapted to cinema by Coppola as "Apocalypse now".
It opens at 19 and stays open after midnight...
This popular drinks place (Angkor Wat, Angkor WHAT?, U get it? ;-))) is located in an area where there are many similar places already. U get good beers, good ambiance and can seat at the terrace to see people pass by...
If you like a small bar with cheap drinks and a good atmosphere then this place is really good. Its got a really good set up with really friendly staff working there. It has free pool and you can also have something to eat aswel.
Its a good friendly crowd but i wouldnt really take my girlfrind there as its aimed towards the male crowed although i did see some girls with there boyfriends a couple times.
Dress Code: Anything goes
To me i think hearts was abit over rated. But If you like going to clubs with all tourists in there then this is for you. Its not to big but has 2 rooms with one of them a dance floor and one a bar.
Dress Code: Anything goes
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