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Phnom Penh



What are some typical ways to socialize, either with local people or with other expatriates? Are there groups or clubs that you can recommend?

There are exercise clubs, music clubs, poetry clubs, gaming clubs--really almost any hobby you could come up with, there's a group for it. Regular events too like art shows, trivia nights, and sports events. - May 2, 2017
Lots of going out to eat, meeting friends at bars, entertaining at home. There are cinemas, a bowling alley, ice skating and a kid-tastic indoor play place and climbing gym, with more things appearing all the time. Lots of people have book clubs or movie clubs and there is organized sports like soccer.

There is a country club with horseback riding and archery and lots of stuff like that though it is a bit far out. Golf is easily accessible and inexpensive, tennis courts, swimming pools and fairly inexpensive lessons are readily available.

Fun markets to poke around in, shopping etc. Lots to do for the imaginative and open-minded. - Oct 24, 2016


Eating, drinking, traveling, seeing a movie at one of three theaters. Some expats focus on religious recruitment. - May 18, 2015
If you don't like to eat out, there's not a whole lot of other activities going on. People didn't seem to host many large dinners/parties/gatherings at their homes, so evenings and weekends could get boring. Phnom Penh is a sleepy city. Cambodians go to bed early and wake up early. So there's not a lot of nightlife except on St 51 or the Waterfront. After hitting the major destinations (Silk Island, Udong temple, Killing Fields), I didn't find many good day/one night trips driving distance from Phnom Penh. - Feb 13, 2015
Fantastic, as noted above. Hundreds of bars and restaurants, dirt-cheap prices, good food, good atmosphere, friendly locals and an interesting mix of people. Most entertaining is done outside the home, but there are some fantastic house parties as well. - Jan 16, 2012
Great! Many bars & clubs. - Aug 9, 2011
REstaurants and bars are plentiful and affordable. - Aug 6, 2011
Bars, restaurants, house parties. - Oct 9, 2010
Homes, bars, restaurants... - Feb 27, 2008