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Phnom Penh: Recreation & Activities

Phnom Penh offers a fairly steady stream of parties, art exhibitions, live music, openings, cultural events and such. For the latest information on up-coming events there are several print publications floating around, including monthly magazines Asia Life (parties, cultural events, exhibitions, concerts) and Bayon Pearnik (pub crawls, music, parties and fun stuff) and few weekly mini-magazines such as 7 Days by the Phnom Penh Post.

Art Exhibitions Brewery Tours Cooking Classes Culture and Arts Dance Classes
Fitness Centers Golf HHH Causes Kid's City
Movie Houses Scuba     Performances

 

Arts Exhibitions and Galleries
Cambodia's art scene has begun to blossom as a new generation of Cambodian artists come into their own. Art spaces offering changing exhibitions:

Bophana Center

#64 Street 200, Phnom Penh

Tel: 023-992174

www.bophana.org

The Chinese House

#45, Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh

Tel: 023-991514

www.chinesehouse.asia 

Java Café & Gallery

#56E1 Sihanouk Blvd, Phnom Penh

Tel: 023-987420

www.javaarts.org 

Meta House

#37 Sothearos Blvd, Phnom Penh

Tel: 023-24140

www.meta-house.com

Romeet Contemporary Art Space

CLOSED

#34E Street 178, Phnom Penh

Tel: 092-953567

http://www.romeet.com

 

 

Culture and Arts: Events

Amrita Performing Arts

An international performing arts production company working to promote and sustain the revival and preservation of traditional Cambodian performing arts.

#128-G9, Sothearos, Phnom Penh

Tel: 023-220424

www.amritaperformingarts.org

Cambodia Living Arts

Currently offering 'Traditional Dance Performances,' a series of three rotating performances, showcasing a range of traditional Cambodian performing arts. Featuring more than Apsara dances, offering the chance to discover the diversity of Cambodian culture in the garden of the National Museum. Traditional Dance Performances, an initiative by non-for profit Cambodian Living Arts, also aims to create regular, well-paid work for emerging arts professionals in Cambodia. Low season: June 6 - August 30 shows on Fridays & Saturdays only. Starts at 7:00PM. Doors open at 6:45PM. Tickets: $15. (No shows in the months of April, May and September.)

Tel: 017-998570

www.cambodianlivingarts.org 

Institut Français du Cambodge (formerly the French Cultural Center)

Events, lectures and exhibitions. Le Cinema hosts French films at 6:30PM every few days. Watch for monthly event schedule brochures.

 #214, Street 184, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Tel: 023-721383

Java Cafe

A café set in an exhibition space, offering regularly changing exhibitions showcasing contemporary artists.

#56 E1, Sihanouk Blvd., Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Tel: 023-987420
www.javaarts.org

Meta House

Art and media gallery hosting regularly scheduled events in the arts - exhibitions, films, panels and lectures.

#37 Sothearos Blvd., Phnom Penh

Tel: 023-224140

www.meta-house.com

Sovanna Phum Art Association

Sovanna Phum Art Association aims to revive and promote the treasure of Cambodian culture. Classical, Folk and Contemporary dance, Shadow theatre, Circus and Music are performed to local and international audiences in or out our theatre. Also active in promoting inter-cultural exchanges by interacting with artists from other countries as well as working with NGO/IOs on different educational and awareness campaign projects. Sovanna Phum's artists can be hired for private or commercial events. Performances every Friday and Saturday at 7:30PM. Adult : $10; Children: $5

#166 Street 99, corner of St. 484, Phnom Penh

Tel: 012-846020

      012-837056
www.facebook.com/sovannaphum.art  

www.sovannaphumtheatre.com

 

Brewery Tour


Kingdom Breweries (Cambodia), the producers of the premium beer Kingdom Pilsner, offers regular tours of its brewery facilities just north of the city. Kingdom Breweries in Phnom Penh has been in operation since 2010 and Kingdom Pilsner is available at bars and restaurants throughout Cambodia. Enjoy a complete tour of the brewery and stop in a the brewery bar, the Taproom overlooking the Tonle Sap River for a Kingdom Pilsner and Visitors are welcome to check out how the most premium Cambodia beer is made as brewery tours can be arranged and get to enjoy the Kingdom's pride at the brewery's Taproom.

Located at #1748, National Route #5, Russei Keo district, Kandal Province.

Tours are available Mon - Sat, 1:00PM-5:00PM.

Call for reservations Tel: 023-430180-2

enquiries@kingdombreweries.com

www.kingdombreweries.com

 

 

Classes

Cooking Classes

 

The Cambodia Cooking Class
The Cambodia Cooking Class has been running since 2005. Begins with a tour around a local market. At the cookery school itself it's hands-on action. You'll make everything from scratch with fresh ingredients. Classes are held every day on a rooftop terrace. Book through frizz restaurant.

#67 Street 240

Tel: 012-524801

www.cambodia-cooking-class.com

 

Feel Good Cooking School / Street Food Tours
Khmer cooking classing by experienced Cambodian cooking teachers at Feel Good Cafe. Featuring a trip to a traditional market to shop for ingredients. In class, individual cooking stations. Also offering Evening Street Food Tours.
#79 Street 136 (Feel Good Cafe)
Tel: 098-252533

 

La Table Khmere
Well-reviewed Cambodian cooking classes in Boeung Keng Kang 1 (BKK1) at La Table Khmere restaurant. Daily, half-day classes, morning and afternoon, including a trip to the market and hands-on preparation in a modern kitchen environment.
#11A Street 278, BKK1 (La Table Khmere restaurant)
Tel: 012-238068

www.phnompenh-cooking-class.com

 

Dance and shadow puppets

 

Sovanna Phum Art Association

In addition to hosting regularly scheduled traditional performances, Sovanna Phum Art Association also offers workshops in traditional Khmer arts such as Shadow puppet making & performing, classical & folk dance and how to play Khmer traditional music instruments. Private classes in the art of shadow puppet making are available on request.

#166, Street 99, Phnom Penh

Open Mon-Sat.

Tel: 023-987564, 012-846020

info@sovannaphumtheatre.com

www.sovannaphumtheatre.com

 

 

Fitness centers/Gymnasiums

Most of the major hotels have gyms offering complete, modern facilities. For early risers, every morning at the crack of dawn people congregate in the park in front of the Royal Palace to jog, walk, stretch, do Tai Chi and calisthenics.

3G Mini Football Pitch

Pitches for rent by the hour. Half and full size. Call for reservations.
Near the National Assembly
, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Tel: 089-211666
 

Intercontinenal Phnom Penh Hotel Fitness Center

Air- con, cardio/weight equipment. Swimming pool. Memberships.
#296 Mao Tse Toung Blvd.
, Phnom Penh

Tel: 023-424888

 

Paddy’s Gym

Boxing and kickboxing. Instruction, class - es, training. Proper ring, equipment.
#63 Street 294, BKK1 (next to Mt Everest)
, Phnom Penh

Tel: 012-217877

 

Phnom Climb Community Gym

Indoor climbing, bouldering, classes, workshops, kids activities. Open: 3:00PM - 9:00PM (8:00PM on Sunday); Saturday 8:00AM - 11:00AM, 3:00PM - 8:00PM.
#345, St 460
, Toul Tom Poung, Phnom Penh

Tel: 017-897105

www.phnomclimb.com


Physique Club, Hotel Cambodiana

Air-con, wieght machines, swimming pool, sauna, steam.
#313 Sisowath Quay Blvd.
, Phnom Penh

Tel: 023-218189

 

The Place 2
All new, five-star gym, state-of-the-art equipment, sauna, Jacuzzi, classes, swimming pool, table tennis, internet lounge.
#11 Street 51, BKK1 (The Place 2)
, Phnom Penh

Tel: 023-726999

VIP Sports Club

Tennis, swimming pool, exercise equipment, table tennis, sauna, restaurant.

#227 Norodom, Phnom Penh

Tel: 023-993535
www.vipsportclub.com

 

Golf

Cambodia offers a limited but slowly growing number of golf courses. The Cambodia Golf and Country Club is the best and most popular 18-hole course in the Phnom Penh area, sitting about 35km from the city. There are now three comparative new courses in and near Siem Reap Angkor in the west of Cambodia.

Cambodia Golf and Country Club
Cambodia's first golf course and the most popular in the Phnom Penh area. 18 hole golf course spread over 120 acres, palm trees, several water features. Clubhouse, restaurant, swimming pool, tennis courts.
Golf Course: Rte #4, 35km south of
Phnom Penh
Tel: 023-363666

 

Hash House Harriers (P2H3)
In the time honored colonial tradition of curing the weekend’s hangover through exercise, beer and good cheer, the Phnom Penh chapter of the Hash House Harriers meets every Sunday at 2:00PM for a run, fun and food. Gather in front of the Railway Station at Monivong Blvd and Street 106.
Phnom Penh
Tel: 099-353325
www.p2h3.com

 

Horseback Riding
Cambodia Country Club

Equestrian center at the Cambodia Country Club with 30 horses, complete stables, arenas, open riding country. Offering lessons at all levels - basic riding skills, kid’s classes, dressage, jumping, vaulting and pony club for the kids. Lead trails for the kids. Sports club and restaurant.
Street 2004, Russey Keo District
, Phnom Penh
Tel: 023-885591/2
www.cambodian-country-club.com

 

Humanitarian Causes and NGOs

See Humanitarian Causes, NGOs and Volunteer Opportunities page

 

Ice Skating
Ice Park Cambodia

The comparatively new Ice Park Cambodia offers a large, state of the art ice skating rink as well as skate rental and skating lesson. . Both have skate rental and the Ice Park offers skating lessons. and is open 9AM-10PM.

Located in AEON Mall, Phnom Penh

 

Kid’s City
Kid’s City Asia

Asia State-of-the-art indoor entertainment center for kids of all ages. Ice skating, Science Center, Clip & Climb, Laser Tag, Playground, dining, kid’s clothing shops.

#162 Sihanouk Blvd., Phnom Penh
Tel: 012-523218
www.kidscityasia.com

 

Movies

The city now sports several modern movie theaters, most in the malls, showing the latest first-runs and blockbusters. The facilities at the major theaters are state of the art - 2D, 3D, 4D, and very comfy VIP seating. There are also a few old school traveler-friendly small community movie houses with regularly scheduled movies, often classics, in a sofa lounge atmosphere, with food and drink available.

 

The Empire Movie House

The movie house sits above The Empire restaurant and bar. Very comfy, 22-seat, fully air-conditioned, sound-proof theater. Chairs, tables, throw cushions and mats, your choice. Showing the classics and the latest movies, afternoons and evenings on weekdays, and an extra matinee showing on the weekends. Enjoy food and drinks from the restaurant/bar, served to you in the theater. One block off the riverfront.
Opening hours:
Monday - Friday: 4:00PM - 11:00PM
Saturday - Sunday: 1:00PM - 11:00PM
Happy Hour daily 4:00PM - 6:00PM

All house wine, cocktails and mixed drinks $2.50
Thursday steak special - Steak meal $7.50 (usually $12)

#34 Street 130 (near corner with Street 5), Phnom Penh

Tel: 015-251971 (English)

      077-468243 (Khmer)

info@the-empire.org

http://www.the-empire.org

 

The Flicks Festival Movie House

Two uber-comfy movie houses offer blockbusters, film festival winners, documentaries and classics in HD quality on the big screen, in a/c movie rooms. The Flicks 1 has a welcoming bar with lounge deck outside. The Flicks 2 can be found next to the 11 Happy Backpackers on Street 136, ready to serve you cold drinks and fine food. The Flicks 3 @ Gasolina is the open air cinema during the dry season, screening movies on the big screen in a big garden. Cover: $3.50/day. See website for the weekly movie schedule and to make reservations.
The Flicks 1 Community Movie House: #39B, Street 95, BKK3
, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
11 Happy Flicks 2: #88-89 St 136, riverside
, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The Flicks 3 @ Gasolina: #56-58, Street 51, BKK1
, Phnom Penh
www.theflicks-cambodia.com


The Legend Cinema

Phnom Penh’s first and currently only international standard movie theater playing first-run English language movies. Three movie halls with proper theater seats (including a VIP section), a full size screen, THX sound and 2D/3D capability. Popcorn, soft drinks and candy. See website for current showing schedule.
Tel: 088-9549857
www.legend-cinemas.com

 

Major Cineplex at Aeon Mall

Phnom Penh’s newest international standard movie theater. State-of-the-art theaters. VIP seating. 2D/3D/4DX theaters.
Aeon Mall, Sothearos Blvd.
, Phnom Penh
Tel: 023-901111
www.majorcineplex.com.kh

 

Platinum Cineplex

International standard movie theater at Sorya Mall playing first-run English language movies. Three movie halls with full size screens and proper theater seats, including a VIP sections. 2D/3D movies. See website for current schedule.
Street 63, between Streets 142/154, Sorya Mall, 5th floor
, Phnom Penh
Tel: 086-666210

      081-666210
www.platinumcineplex.com.kh

 

Scuba Diving

 

Scuba Nation PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center

The pioneers of diving in Cambodia, providing comprehensive diving and snorkeling services, day trips, live-aboards, nitrox and a full range of PADI courses from beginner to instructor. Flexibility is the key: you can do training sessions while ding sight-seeing in Phnom Penh, then finish with a live aboard on the only custom made diving boat in Cambodia.

Phnom Penh Head Office:
#1818Eo, Sothearos Boulevard,
Phnom Penh

H/P: +(855)(0)12-715785

Tel/Fax: +(855)(0)23-211850
Sihanouk Ville Serendipity Beach Office:

Mohachai guesthouse, serendipity beach road, Sihanouk Ville, Cambodia.

H/P:+(855)(0)12-604680

Tel: +(855)(0)34-933700

info@divecambodia.com
www.divecambodia.com

 

Swimming Pools

If you are looking for a refreshing swim or leisurely afternoon lounging poolside, some of the fitness clubs (see previous page), most of the top-end hotels and many of the mid-range hotels allow use of their swimming pools for $4-$10/day. Here are but a few:

Himawari Hotel

Large pool. Jacuzzi. Gym.

#313, Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh

Tel: +(855)(0)23-214555

Fax: +(855)(0)23-217111
reservation@himawari.com.kh 
www.himawarihotel.com


Julianna Hotel

Large pool. Restaurant/drinks.
#16, Street 152 (100m from Tchecoslovaquie Street), Phnom Penh
Tel/Fax: +(855)(0)23-880530-31
hotelpp@online.com.kh
www.julianahotels.com

Patio Hotel

Rooftop infinity pool and bar with city view.
#134Z Street 51, BKKI,
Phnom Penh

Tel: 023-997900

Raffles Hotel Le Royal
#92 Rukhak Vithei,
Phnom Penh

Tel: 023-981888

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safety & Security

Phnom Penh is a big city and should be treated as such. While not unsafe, it does have its share of big city and developing country problems including chaotic traffic, petty street crime and scams, and limited medical care.

* There are regular reports of bag snatching, usually by a passing motorcycle. In tuk tuks keep your bag to the inside and on a moto never wear it on your back. When walking, wear your bag and camera on the shoulder away from traffic.

* Both for security, especially at night, and general traffic safety, taxis are better than tuk-tuks and motos. (See page 106 for taxi companies.) Be aware of your surroundings when alighting your taxi or tuk-tuk.

* Blackjack scam: Friendly stranger tells you he likes your glasses, shirt, bag, etc. Casual conversation ensues. Invites you to house to meet family/have cultural experience. Friendly card game begins. Before you know it you owe hundreds or even thousands.

* Medical care in Cambodia is limited and the cost of evacuation is exorbitant, exceeding US$20,000. Buy at least enough traveler’s insurance to cover evacuation/repatriation.

 

 

 

 

 

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