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Bars in Phnom Penh

16 Apr

Bars in Phnom Penh

There are a number of good bars in Phnom Penh that are “Lady Friendly” that is to say they are devoid of Taxi Girls and keen ladies that will try to chat up your men.Here is my suggestion for where to go drinking and partying if you are a female in Phnom Penh.

Early Drinks

The area around the Riverside is nice with lots of restaurants and bars for you to frequent, however don’t stray onto roads 136 or 104, which are girly bar roads.A drop into one of these bars will almost certainly make you feel uncomfortable.On the actual riverside you have some nice bars like River House and Paddy Rice which are good for early drinks, another option is the BKK1 area which is the main backpacker area.Here you will find nice bars and restaurants like The Mad Monkey on Street 302 and Equinox on Street 278 which do not attract the same type of sexpat crowd and are full of cool expats and travelers mixing over a drink.

Late Drinks

There are a number of bars for you to hit between 10pm and 1am which is the optimum time prior to clubbing, my suggestion is Howies bar on street 51 or the popular Top Banana Bar which is located in the BKK1 area on the roof top level.Stay away from the back of the Riverside between these times as many of the street action for dirty old men will be around at this time.Street 278 in the BKK1 area has a good mix of little bars and pubs including Liquid, Top Banana, Equinox, Setsara, Score Sports bar and the rooftop bar in the Mad Monkey.

Night Bars and Clubs

This is where it can get tricky, you have essentially four or five western friendly clubs available to you.Heart of Darkness on street 51 gets full of undesirables around 10pm and I wouldn’t suggest it as a single female unless its for a “Look in”, you have two main clubs Pontoon which is a big dance club with ok music but still with its fair share of un-dead night walkers and The Cotton Club – I cant really comment on The Cotton Club because the three of four times I have been there it has been dead and only really seems to get busy when there is a decent event on.Probably the best option for girls is The Love Bar – Forget the name as this is a swanky New York Style bar with cool music and great cocktails but keep in mind that its not cheap.You will not find ladies of the night in this bar and there is a small dance floor at the back, the three or four times I have been there it has always been busy with travelers and expats.You can find Love Bar Phnom Penh at the end of Street 51 on the same side as the New World Institute.Any other ideas or input welcome, thanks!

What to do in Phnom Penh

14 Dec

Some ideas of things to do in Phnom Penh

Dance in Dubai

13 Dec

Happening in January in Dubai

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The audience will see an unprecedented exhibition of talent and beauty in the physical art form with international guest performers from the prestigious Stuttgart Ballet Company and The Estonian National Ballet Company, as well as locally based dancers from The Bucharest National Opera House and BNF Dance Company who will perform alongside Sharmila’s professional team.

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What to do in Phnom Penh

9 Dec

What to do in Phnom Penh :-)

Cambodian Banking Sector News

7 Dec

Cambodian Banking Sector implements credit bureau which will help reduce interest rates and provide better availability for loans to the Cambodian populous. The following defines what the benefits of a credit bureau for Cambodia are. You can also view the website www.creditbureaucambodia.com

Phnom Penh Christmas Dinner

7 Dec

This is a video about Christmas dinner from the Mad Monkey hostel based in Phnom Penh – They are an odd crowd but its funny!

Where to stay in Phnom Penh on a Budget

6 Dec

Awesome article and write up for anyone looking to find a place to stay in Phnom Penh.

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While it might not have quite the plethora of accommodation that Siem Reap offers, Phnom Penh will not leave you out on the streets. From uber-trendy design hotels on the riverfront to hidden-jem boutique guesthouses tucked away down quiet streets, there is something for everyone in the country’s capital. The following are my top picks for where to stay in Phnom Penh.

The Mad Monkey
The Mad Monkey is an up and coming hotspot in Phnom Penh. Since the dissolution of the Boeung Kak lake district, there is no longer a Khao San Road style backpacker ghetto of Phnom Penh, meaning the Lonely Planet-toting masses are still looking for a new place to settle. My money is on the Mad Monkey.

The Mad Monkey Phnom Penh

The Mad Monkey is still a work in process, but you will quickly be charmed into forgiving any just-opened glitches. The genuinely friendly staff remembered our names after a week away, while the up-for-a-party owners took us to Oktoberfest and out to local clubs. Rooms are clean and comfortable, and the restaurant and bar are delicious, if a bit pricey. At the moment, the rooftop bar is closed due to unresolved noise issues, but don’t fret, the bar of the also popular Top Banana hostel is only moments away. And the owners of both have teamed up to offer a new Party Boat down the Tonle Sap every Sunday.

The Mad Monkey Phnom Penh

My favorite detail is the fun house feel to the staircases, which local artists are painting with colorful murals. Don’t delay in booking- when this place inevitably makes it into the next edition of Lonely Planet, it’s going to be even tougher to secure a room. Dorms $7, Rooms $14-20, 26 Street 240, BKK1 District, phnompenhhostels.com

The Mad Monkey Phnom Penh

Alibi Guesthouse
The Alibi Guesthouse is tucked down a side street of Sothearos Boulevard in a beautiful old French villa. It is centrally located just moments away from the Royal Palace, saving you lots of tuk-tuk rides! Rooms are bright and airy, and the villa itself is very elegant.

Alibi Guesthouse Phnom Penh
Alibi Guesthouse Phnom Penh
Alibi Guesthouse Phnom Penh

There is a lovely garden patio area where breakfast is served in the morning and a pool table beckons in the evening. Alibi is geared more towards families and those heading to bed early, as we had trouble getting in one night when we came home late. The owner speaks French and English. $15-27, Sothearos Blvd, alibiguesthouse.com

Midrange / Treat Yourself

Blue Lime
Featuring poured concrete furniture, a gorgeous pool and style to spare, Blue Lime is a minimalist design lover’s dream.  The garden and salt water pool area, featuring salt from the nearby Kampot region, is the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious complimentary breakfast, order a cocktail from the bar, or unwind after a day exploring the city. For more watery goodness, four of the rooms have their own private plunge pool.

Blue Lime Phnom Penh

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Good Hostels in Phnom Penh

30 Nov

Phnom Penh has plenty of excellent lodging, unbiased of your budget. If your budget allowed is a couple of thousand bucks for a single night or only a pitiful seven there are still lots of possibilities available to you that will allow you to sleep soundly and get a good nights sleep, many of these option pretty surprisingly when it comes to this South East Asian country of acceptable good-quality.

The hot spot for Bed and Breakfasts in the past used to be the Boeng Kak Lake or alternatively the Riverside location near Sisowath quay, nonetheless thanks to the purchase of the lake in addition to the subsequent closing down of the business spot around it in early 2011‚ you will now not find the same quality of vibe – in fact its desolate so forget it – dont take advice from someone that went over a year ago and keep reading.

The top guesthouses and vacation accommodation has shifted to completely new sections of the city. You have a couple of choices – Now if  you’re out to have experiance of Phnom Penhs notorious hotspots – you know what I mean by this I hope, you may want a nice bed and breakfast nearer to the activities, in the event that this is in fact the case we advise you stay around the Riverside area. Riverside area has lots of bars but it may not be the ideal place for a couple as it can be a bit seedy.  Now if you are wanting to go out boozing I would really suggest taking a look at The Phnom Penh bar guide first.

If you want to soak up Phnom Penh’s awesome trekker and backpacker scene then you will come across most of the dynamic lodging in and about Funky Town ‚ this is the spot close to street 278 in the BKK1 district near WAT LANKA and close to the independence monument.
Generally there are now hostels and dormitory beds offered in Phnom Penh, the finest of which are found in the busy BKK1 district. The preferred dormitory beds by far are available in The Mad Monkey Lodge set on Street 302 in the vicinity of the busy Street 278 area. Dorms in this full of activity hostel are offered for around seven dollars in high season period, you can share a dorm with either six to eight people that will also be traveling around Cambodia.

This can be a really good vibe and The Mad Monkey has become a well known hostel because at any one moment in time generally there are fifty to seventy vacation goers residing / trekking around South East Asia ‚this key fact makes the Mad Monkey a superb choice for those looking for coziness as well as a great dynamic social scene close to this cool area.

The Top Banana bed and breakfast doesnt have dorms yet but it does offer low-priced rooms coupled with an lively tavern scene. This guesthouse has been busy since 2001 since started in business and is now a stalwartof the Phnom Penh Backpacking scene that regularly means they are full to the brim most nights as with the Mad Monkey. Much more of a tavern in comparison with a guesthouse these days it tends to be a preferance for those bedding down over at the Mad Monkey or alternative hostels in the vicinity when it comes to late night-time drinks together with the backpacker party scene.

The Blue Dog and Red Dog bed and breakfast located on street 51, and street 310 do provide lower rate budget room accommodation in Phnom Penh, whilst not really as swish as their neighbours a few blocks out everybody can purchase a sleep for the night-time for just about five to ten bucks and always walk around the corner to The Mad Monkey or to Top Banana for drinks and beers.

The Cheeky Monkey guesthouse Phnom Penh is the absolute best in flash-packing this is managed by the same group associated with The Mad Monkey and also offers you quarters from $18 to $26 a night which often include flat display televisions together with morning breakfast included in your room rate.

If all of these are packed full you may wish to go find out out the Mini Banana ‚its the smaller cousin guesthouse to Top Banana this offers standard dormitory spots (these are located on the floor) or else in order for a more stylish experience you could try The Cheeky Monkey .

Generally there are often alternative possibilities in and around Phnom Penh however if you are a backpacker that strives to hook up with similar minded travellers then the BKK1 district ought to become your first and foremost port of call if you want the backpacker scene.  If you need more info on Phnom Penh read some of the ideas on here or you can try my Phnom Penh Travel blogger site.

Interesting Blog About Getting Around Cambodia

28 Nov

I must get asked this stuff 100 times a day – now I just point people at this website.

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Phnom Penh To Siem Reap

Travelling between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap is pretty easy; firstly you have three options available to you allowing you to move between the two.  Click on Read More for detailed information.

Phnom Penh Siam Reap

Phnom Penh To Siem Reap

Travelling between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap is pretty easy; firstly you have three options available to you allowing you to move between the two.  Click on Read More for detailed information.

Bus between Phnom Penh and Siem ReapPhnom Penh Siam Reap

Tickets can be purchased for around $10.00 USD and the bus takes around 5-6 hours as log as you don’t hit a moto, have your bus tire fall off or get stuck in the busy Phnom Penh Traffic.  If you are currently in Phnom Penh, I suggest you buy your tickets from The Mad Monkey, which is located on Street 302.  The Mad Monkey is where I buy my bus tickets simply because they offer all of the main bus operators tickets to all of the main destinations.  Depending on the bus routes. 




Phnom Penh To Siem Reap


Travelling between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap is pretty easy; firstly you have three options available to you allowing you to move between the two.  Click on Read More for detailed information.




Bus between Phnom Penh and Siem ReapPhnom Penh Siam Reap


Tickets can be purchased for around $10.00 USD and the bus takes around 5-6 hours as log as you don’t hit a moto, have your bus tire fall off or get stuck in the busy Phnom Penh Traffic.  If you are currently in Phnom Penh, I suggest you buy your tickets from The Mad Monkey, which is located on Street 302.  The Mad Monkey is where I buy my bus tickets simply because they offer all of the main bus operators tickets to all of the main destinations.  Depending on the bus routes. 

Visit the Mad Monkey Website

Flights between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap

Cambodian Angkor Air offers a number of flights each day between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap – You can book your flights online at this URL, however yo may also want to pop your head into a travel agency as they can often provide tickets cheaper than you would be able to buy them for online.   Flight costs are between $50 and $150.00 USD a ticket one way depending on availability, but if you book in advance you may be able to get this for significantly less. 

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Article About Monkey Hospitality Group

26 Nov

Decent little snippet article about the Cambodian Tourism Sector and the Backpacking and Hostel Sectors.