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...
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.
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...
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
In several restaurants in Siem Reap are cultural performances of classical Khmer dance. Most striking are the apsara (meaning heavenly nymphs) dances. We visited the Angkor Mundial Restaurant for a performance.
The apsara dance is unique to Cambodia. The Thais with their resembling dances learnt originally their techniques from these Khmer dances. Characteristic for the apsara dances are the stylished hand movements, the stupa-like head-wear, the lamé costumes and the smiles without showing the teeth. Except the apsara dances we saw also Cambodian folkdances and a dance with a mask.
More a bar than a nightclub. A Phnom Penh institution that's open 'til late. This bar has decent music and as diverse a crowd as you'll can expect from a bar listed in the Lonely Planet.
Sorry, no photo. You don't think I'm taking my camera to the pub do you?
Dress Code: I don't think there is any. Silly pants are best avoided though.
Open fronted bar thats been there for over 10 years and run by a crazy Frenchman.
Opens evenings only until whenever he wants to close.
Great place to stand at the bar, have a cold beer (forget food) and have your back and shoulders massaged.
Well run, no hassles arguements or touts.
Dress Code: Just about anything.
I read in Lonely Planet that cinamas in Phnom Penh are crowded & best avoided. Also, often only porno films are being screened.
Anyone can confirm how true this is? Since we don't understand a single word of Khmer, we had never considered going to the movies. But, just out of curiousity, I've taken this photo while we drove past it. It reminds me of those Indian cinema theaters in Indonesia which I frequently past by while being chauffered to school. Just a trip down memory lane :-)
This is basically a buffet restaurant in Siem Reap where we were entertained with local folk dancing & some stories from the Ramayana Epic. I've enjoyed both the food & the show very much. The dancers performed professionally & it was entertaining to watch the enthusiasm & expressions of the dancers with each different type of dances.
Most importantly, it's a very affordable outlet. The buffet costs US$12 per head & the show is free! A fabulous way to spend the evening.
For those interested, the food served includes those from Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia (yep, Mongolia!), Japanese & naturally Cambodian. It's the best way to sample all kinds of cuisine available in here.
Chao Praya Restaurant has outlets both in Phnom Penh & Siem Reap. BUT, for the show itself, it's only available in Siem Reap!
The only casino existing in Phnom Pehn, moored behind Hotel Cambodiana. Catering mostly to Asian customers.
No casinos are allowed to operate within 200 km of Phnom Pehn after 1999 when prominent Chinese businessmen were kidnapped.
Naga belongs to Genting International, a prominent Malaysian group which operates the Genting Highlands Casino in Malaysia.
Walking around the Old Market of Siem Reap is pretty fun! You can buy the regular Junk touristy stuff to some pretty cool locally made hand crafted items. There lot's of food vendors too. You can try some of the local snacks or buy fruit. There are quite a few bars also. I didn't go to any so I don't have any recomendations. But Siem Reap is small enough that you can enjoy an evening stroll and not get lost...Unless you are staying way out of town. It's amazing but I never took any photos in the Old Market as I only went there at night and I didn't have a flash for my camera. So I'm sorry...No photo for this tip!
Many of the bars & restaurants in Siem Reap are centred around what the locals refer to as Pub Street or Bar Street. It's very easy to find and relatively inexpensive for tourists.
After trying many of the places on the street, one of the more well known called Red Piano proved to be the best.
The food is fine and pints of Tiger are USD1
Neighbouring bars serve pints of local beer for USD0.50 but paying that bit extra is worth it.
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
Battambang is a pretty sleepy town at night and your choice of watering holes centres around a few Karaoke places. I ventured into one that was obviously having a quiet night and was mobbed by something like 13 beer girls at once. I counted 7 wearing Heineken uniforms alone. They formed a circle around me and shouted the name of their respective brands of beer in my ear until I surrendered. Heineken was the winner due to the fact they managed to drown out every other brewery. They then left me alone and formed something resembling a rugby scrum around some other unsuspecting soul who'd just wandered in.
What's the point of this tip? Can't remember. It was just a funny moment I wanted to share with you all.
For a small town Siem Reap actually has a pretty good selection of nightlife spots. Over a three night period I reckon myself and two guys from Australia and America hit most of the bars around the central part town. Here's recommendations for just a few places:
The Ivy: Great laid-back, expat owned bar with food and a pool table. Good place to start an evening out.
Angkor What?: Late night drinking place. Always manages to pull a crowd due to its listing in Lonely Planet and Rough Guide.
Zanzybar: Not the most peaceful place for guys to try and play a game of pool.
Laundry Bar: Pretty stylish expat owned bar. Quiet when I visited (where wasn't) but I think this place could be kickin' in high-season.
Martinis: Khmer style nightclub. Very dark. Good place to end the evening.
Sok San Palace: Go here if you need a drink when Martinis winds up. Very late night, very loud music and Karaoke. Mainly Khmer crowd.
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