One of the complaints I heard during my short stay in Phnom Penh was that there was nothing to do in the city other than drink. But Phnom Penh offers a long riverside for strolling, cafes and lounges for relaxing, and the options and venues below for nights out, too.
1. If you’re feeling posh, Nagaworld is a hotel and entertainment complex that oozes glitz, and the lobby is first and foremost a sweeping casino. You’ll find everything from Roulette to Baccarat, old standbys like Texas Hold ‘Em and Blackjack, as well as a few foreign games in between (note: no Craps!). Different tables have different minimums so you can choose your level of fun.
2. DreamLand – You can’t miss the 45 meter ferris wheel looking out onto Chaktomuk River. Inside this amusement park, there’s also a maze, coaster, a dinosaur garden, a variety of shows and more. Open 9:00-22:00 everyday. Tickets start from $2USD for ‘big kids’.
3. Whether you’re in the mood for action or education, one of the four main movie theaters is sure to please. Expat-favorite Flicks screens blockbusters and classics at three different theaters for $3.50 a day. Open-air MetaHouse plays Cambodian and international documentaries for free almost everyday. And premiere theatres Legend Cinemas and Sabay Complex both feature Hollywood and Asian blockbuster movies starting at $4.
4. Check out some live music. The Show Box by the Toul Sleng Museum sporadically puts on shows, as do other venues like the FCC, the Local II and MetaHouse (above). Check the Leng Pleng Gig Guide for more info.
So, what is there to do in Phnom Penh? The question is – what are you in the mood for?