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Phnom Penh



Is this a good city for single people? For couples? For families? Why or why not?

It depends on what you're looking for. I know people from all three groups--some are happy, some are not. There are a lot of options here and your experience will probably be what you make of it. I had a lot of fun with my partner going to events and exploring together. There's a stereotype that Western men who move here only want to date local women, but I'm not sure how true that is. There do seem to be more single women than men. - May 2, 2017
I had single friends who had a great time here, it is good for families for sure. Most people seemed to like it. It is what you make of it. - Oct 24, 2016
Families and single men seem to like it the best. Couples and other singles would find it too small, dirty, moderately expensive (except alochol) and BORING. Plus even the locals get inside their home and lock the gates around 8:30 p.m. It's still dangerous at night because of crime and drunk drivers. Lots of hit and runs. Crimes don't get solved here. - May 18, 2015
I think singles are bored and families with young children find a lack of activities for them. Couples with kids age 8-18 seemed happiest. Phnom Penh is not a happening city. - Feb 13, 2015
Yes, yes and yes. Phnom Penh is very family friendly but has plenty for everyone to do. - Aug 13, 2013
Great for all, I think, though it can get a bit claustrophobic with kids. There's just not all that much to do, and we make it a point to try to leave for as long as possible during summer and school holidays. Most here have a blast with the dining and nightlife scene. It's lively, diverse, cheap, and a whole lot of fun. It can also be easy to go off the rails a bit, so watch out! - Jan 16, 2012
It's a great place for families, singles & couples. - Aug 9, 2011
Yes for couples. Some families like it very much. I wouldn't recommend it, it's very dirty, hot, nowhere to walk to, extremely difficult to push a stroller around. You feel like you are under house arrest. - Aug 6, 2011
It is definitely not a bad city for singles, especially single males. Families seem to fine things to do: trips to Angkor, the beach, etc. - Oct 9, 2010
There are not a lot of Western attractions, but for families there are swimming pools, arcades, a few malls, and cheap DVDs, games and computer software. Kids can play together at each others' houses. For singles there is lots of nightlife, volunteer opportunities, local culture, restaurants and bars. All of the above is very inexpensive. It is easy to get out of town for beaches (4 hrs) or Angkor Wat (5 hrs) and to Ho Chi Minh. There are easy and cheap flights to Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur. - Feb 27, 2008