Cambodia is an attractive destination for many tourists because of its majestic beauty of 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 Market, Cambodia truly comes to life after sundown.
It’s not difficult to find colorful 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.
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, its only one rides away on a TukTuk which itself is fun.
Although there are different night hotspots in Phnom Penh when it comes to nightclubs, there are very few and finding them is an adventure on its own.
The prices are very reasonable here compared to neighboring Thailand where the average drink will cost you twice as much.
#1 Riverhouse Lounge
Riverhouse’s idyllic location makes it one of the famous tourist spots in Phnom Penh. It’s one of the oldest nightclubs in Phnom Penh.
Built with a french colonial style the Riverhouse is spread across two floors. The ground floor hosts a VIP lounge area that serves up chilled tunes foods and drinks throughout the day.
By night the upstairs lounge turns into a live DJ. And once a month promotes an international DJ. There is also plenty of options for drinks and cocktails on a budget.
At the center of BKK1, The Mad monkey is located outside the main tourist area but 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.
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 view of the Independent Monument, The Royal Palace, and the confluence of the Mekong and Bassac River.
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.
Siem Reap is also famous for its bars, pubs, clubs for every type of person. A walk down the 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 at to taste the party life.
#4 Angkor What? Bar
Angkor What? is one of the oldies in the heart of Siem Reap. Started in 1998, it’s a lively bar famous for its graffiti arts all over the walls created by travelers.
Angkor What? is known for its affordable price and drinking. Have a draft beer or a sweet bucket cocktail, you will never forget the services and hospitality this place brings.
The happy hours start from 9 pm and helps lighten the mood before the live DJ and Dance starts.
Address: Pub Street, St 8, Siem Reap 17259, Opening time: 1 PM- 4 AM
#5 Laundry Bar
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 for 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.
Asana is one of the few traditional wood house restaurants in Siem Reap. The owner wanted to recreate the historical designs and customs in the heart of Siem Reap.
Like any other Cambodian houses in the past Asana has comfortable seats, swings, 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.
Among all the night markets in Cambodia, Phnom Penh night market if 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.
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, jewelry, and many more.
The best part, it's a five-minute distance walk from Pub Street and a great place for travelers for shopping in town.
Art & Culture
Apsara Dance in Phnom Penh
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 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.
Folk Dance in Phnom Penh
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. The shows are mostly on Mondays to Saturday from 7 pm.
One of the famous acts on Cambodia is the Shadow Puppet performance.
Started in Siem Reap, these performances usually took place in Pagodas and paddy fields dedicated to the divinities and only took place on special occasions like kings’ birthday or any other important days. However, nowadays it’s adopted as an artistic theater form and is performed throughout the year across the country.
Sovanna Phum Art Association organizes these shows every Friday and Saturday in the evening in Sovannaphum Theater.