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Phnom Penh



Is this a good city for LGBT expatriates? Why or why not?

Cambodia is very tolerant in general. Khmer LGBT people may experience discrimination and often won't come out to their families, but violence is very uncommon. I think LGBT expats get by just fine. Some clubs in Phnom Penh have regular drag nights, there are a couple of gay/lesbian bars, and there is a burgeoning LGBT culture. - May 2, 2017
Yes, Cambodians are very open and non-judgmental in my experience. - Oct 24, 2016
Probably although the Royal Government hasn't followed the lead of the late King-Father to allow same-sex marriage or equal rights. It's a taboo subject in general but the population is Buddhist which are more tolerant and understanding than more Western-orientated dogmatic religions. - May 18, 2015
Not sure. Probably better to maintain a low profile. - Feb 13, 2015
I have not heard of any incidences. - Aug 13, 2013
I've heard it's decent. Not the largest or liveliest scene, perhaps, but at least it's not hostile. - Jan 16, 2012
Definitely not a bad place, however, compared to other cities in Southeast Asia, it will probably leave a lot to be desired. There is one main gay bar, and at least one other one more for locals that I heard about. People have to be careful though, as a lot of the guys at the gay bar are prostitutes. There is one club which is mixed after about 1am: Heart of Darkness. Many of the gay and bi guys go to Heart instead of the gay bar, it's not as conspicuous, and there are a lot of straight people (foreigners and locals) so it is easy to blend in. Unfortunately, Heart of Darkness is currently off-limits to U.S. Mission personnel. - Oct 9, 2010
It is very liberal but not a huge community. - Feb 27, 2008