Nightlife In Cambodia - All You Can Do at Night in Cambodia

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Cambodia is an attractive destination for many tourists because of its majestic beauty of the Angkor Complex, fabled temples, old palaces, museums, and other places. But if you’ve visited all those places and thinking about sleeping early in your hotel? Well! Think again! From Clubs to night bars, from Live music to Night Markets, Cambodia truly comes to life after sundown. It’s not difficult to find colourful nightlife in Cambodia, especially in highly popular destinations like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Night markets stay open from Dusk till midnight. Also, Bars and Restaurants are available until midnight but Clubs and live music venues are limited. 

Read on for more detailed information about Nightlife in Cambodia:

Best Bars and Pubs in Phnom Penh

There is no doubt that Phnom Penh has the most exciting nightlife and the best place to party in Cambodia. Although the venues are scattered across the city, it's only one ride away on a TukTuk which itself is fun. The prices are very reasonable here compared to neighbouring Thailand where the average drink will cost you twice as much. 

1. The Mad Monkey

At the centre of BKK1, The Mad Monkey is located outside the main tourist area but is always packed with people. Traditionally a backpacker’s hostel The Mad Monkey hosts two bars and a rooftop beach bar, with a great view of the city. Plenty of drinks are available at the bar, with over 40 types of cocktails. Also, free shots are given every hour. Although the bar is on the pricier side, a chilled-out atmosphere and high-quality services make up for its high price.

Address: Street 302, BKK1, Phnom Penh
Happy hours: 5 PM- 8 PM
Opening time: 3:00 PM-12:00 AM

2. Eclipse Sky Bar

It’s the highest rooftop bar and restaurant in Phnom Penh and won the award for the best sky bar in 2014. Covered with glass panels, this bar gives a 360-panoramic view of the city and also gives a view of the Independent Monument, The Royal Palace, and the confluence of the Mekong and Bassac Rivers.

This place is ideal for relaxing and enjoying the city view with a drink in hand. Every weekend a live band performance takes place from 9 PM. Like any other rooftop bars, drinks and food here are expensive. Keep in mind that when going for dinner here.

Address: 23rd Floor, Phnom Penh Tower
Happy hours: 5:00 PM- 8:00 PM
Opening time: 5:00 PM-2:00 AM

3. Sundown Social Club 

Sundown Social Club is a popular rooftop bar in Phnom Penh with breathtaking views of the city skyline that is situated in the centre of the city. The pub offers wines, beers and cocktails and often features live music performances.  
Address: Sundown Social Club: #9B Street 308, BKK1, Phnom Penh.
Timing: Open daily from 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM

4. Pontoon Night Club  

Partygoers should visit Pontoon Night Club, one of Phnom Penh's biggest nightclubs. The club has a wide outside terrace, many dance floors, and VIP sections.  
Address: Pontoon Night Club: #80 Street 172, Phnom Penh
Timing: Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 9:00 PM - 4:00 AM

5. Heart of Darkness Nightclub 

For more than ten years, Phnom Penh's nighttime industry has been anchored by this nightclub. The nightclub has a large dance floor, latest audio equipment, and frequent DJ performances. 
Address: Heart of Darkness Nightclub: #38 Street 51, Phnom Penh. 
Timing: Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 9:00 PM - 4:00 AM

6. Love Lounge

Known for its hip-hop and R&B music, Club Love has live performances by regional and worldwide performers. 
Address: Club Love: #3A Street 278, Phnom Penh.
Timing: Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 9:00 PM - 4:00 AM

7. Bassac Lane 

In the Chamkar Mon neighbourhood of Phnom Penh, a number of hip pubs and eateries can be found along Bassac Lane. Everyone can find something at Bassac Lane, which offers both craft drinks and locally brewed beer.  
Address: Bassac Lane: Street 308, Phnom Penh. 
Timing: Open daily from 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Best Bars and Pubs in Siem Reap

Siem Reap is also famous for its bars, pubs, and clubs for every type of person. A walk down Pub Street can be a fan of itself, but the bars and pubs on Sok San Road, Steung Thmei Road, and The Lane are the best places to be to taste the party life.

8. Laundry Bar

nightlife in Combodia, siem Reap

If you want to get out from the partying and have a nice chilled-out night, Laundry Bar got you covered. It’s one of the most chilled-out bars in town thanks to its soft ambient lights and soulful music background. Also at weekends, the atmosphere becomes more lively with guest DJs. The food and drinks here are reasonably priced. Laundry Bar is considered to be a 'Grown Up' Bar, coz it spreads a classy vibe to the atmosphere outside of the compact Angkor.

Address: Pub Street, St 9, Siem Reap 17259
Opening time: 4:00 PM- 2:00 AM

9. Asana

asana bar, Siem Reap

Asana is one of the few traditional woodhouse restaurants in Siem Reap. The owner wanted to recreate the historical designs and customs in the heart of Siem Reap. Like any other Cambodian house in the past, Asana has comfortable seats, swings, and hammocks to get totally relaxed. It also offers traditional drinks like draft beers, wine, cocktails and Khmer home-cooked food with finger food and platters.

Address: The-Lane, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Opening time: 12 PM - 12 AM

10. Pub Street

Pub Street is a busy street in the centre of the Siem Reap Old Market district full of bars, restaurants and stores. Both visitors and residents like visiting the area, which frequently hosts themed events and parties.  
Address: Pub Street, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia 
Timing: Open 24 hours a day and can be easily accessed on foot or tuk-tuk. 

11. Barcode Bar 

Barcode Bar is a popular hangout for budget and backpackers and is right off Pub Street. The pub offers inexpensive drinks and frequently holds themed events and parties. 
Address: Street 20, Modul 1 Village, Sangkat Svay Dangkum, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia  
Timing: Open from 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM daily and can be reached on foot.  

12. Long's Bar 

Long's Bar is a staple of Siem Reap's nightlife for more than 20 years. There are pool tables, live music performances and a sizable outside terrace at the bar.  
Address: Sok San Road, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia  
Timing: Open daily from 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM and can be easily accessed by foot or tuk-tuk. 

Best Bars and Pubs in Sihanoukville 

Sihanoukville is a coastal city in Cambodia well-known for its pristine beaches and laid-back atmosphere. For those looking to party, the city has a tonne of possibilities. Some of the top locations are listed below: 

13. Serendipity Beach Road 

Serendipity Beach Road is a bustling boulevard studded with bars, eateries, and stores attracting both visitors and locals. With live music performances and street vendors selling food and beverages, the area is most crowded at night. 
Address: Serendipity Beach Road, Sangkat 4, Sihanoukville, Cambodia 
Timing: The street is especially busy at night, typically from 6:00 PM onwards. 

14. Otres Beach

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Otres Beach is renowned for its laid-back atmosphere and beachfront bars, just a short drive from the heart of Sihanoukville. Head here for a relaxed ambience, delectable food, and energising beverages.
Address: Otres Beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodia   
Timing: The night market is usually open from late afternoon until around midnight.  

15. Queenco Casino 

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Queenco Casino is located in the thriving city of Sihanoukville. Both casual and serious gamers can find a variety of table games and slot machines at the casino. The casino floor is roomy and well-lit, making for a relaxing gaming environment.
Address: Victory Beach, Sangkat 3, Sihanoukville, Cambodia  
Timing: The casino is open 24/7.  

Best Casinos in Poipet  

People who want to try their luck at the casinos frequently travel to Poipet, a town near the border between Thailand and Cambodia. The following are some of Poipet's best casinos:  

16. Holiday Palace Casino 

Casino in Cambodia
The Holiday Palace Casino has a selection of slot machines and table games and is close to the border crossing. The casino is housed in a hotel with opulent rooms and suites, a spa, and a variety of food establishments.  
Address: 1 & 2 Kbal Spean Village, Poipet Commune, O'Chrov District, Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia   
Timing: Open 24 hours a day. 

17. Grand Diamond City Casino  

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The Grand Diamond City Casino offers a selection of slot machines, table games, and sports wagering. It is situated in the centre of Poipet. The casino is housed in a hotel with cosy rooms and suites, as well as a variety of restaurants. 
Address: Kbal Spean Village, Sangkat Poipet, Poipet City, Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia   
Timing: Open 24 hours a day.  

18. Star Vegas International Resort & Casino 

Casino in poipet
One of Poipet's biggest casinos, Star Vegas International Resort & Casino, offers a selection of slot machines, table games, and sports betting.
Address: Aranyaprathet, Thailand, Poipet, Cambodia
Timing: Open 24 hours a day.

Night Markets in Phnom Penh

Among all the night markets in Cambodia, Phnom Penh night market is popular for its variety of clothes, accessories, curios, handicrafts, and mouth-watering foods. The night market is a pleasure for both tourists and also for the locals.

19. Angkor Night Market 

angkor night market

Established in 2007 Angkor Night Market is the first market in Cambodia. The market was created to preserve traditional Khmer culture and handicrafts. But today it has become a thriving market in Siem Reap. It consists of around 200 bamboo stalls showcasing and selling a wide range of traditional clothing, handicrafts, paintings, jewellery, and many more. The best part is it's a five-minute distance walk from Pub Street and a great place for travellers for shopping in town.

Nightlife in Cambodia - Art & Culture

Nightlife in Cambodia would be incomplete if you don’t cover the traditional arts and folk dance of the Khmer Empire. These traditional dances are an important part of the Cambodian culture and are inspired by mythological courts of kings and gods and the mythological stories are conveyed with beautiful costumes, dances, and soulful music. Also, many cafes and restaurants in Siem Reap host Apsara dance performances.

20. Apsara Dance in Phnom Penh

apsara dance Cambodia

Apsara dance is the most popular dance among tourists, but Cambodia is also famous for its rich Folk dances. The traditional folk dance Robam Nesat is originated from the fishermen in Cambodia which will capture you with its beauty and poise. Another traditional dance performances are Plae Pakaa. These are a series of folk performances.

Timings: Mondays to Saturday from 7:00 PM

Cambodia is a vibrant destination which will give you some of your best nightlife experiences. So pack your bags for this beautiful country for your next vacation.

This post was published by Arnab Ghosh

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