PHNOM PENH

Things to do

Things to do in Phnom Penh

  • Bicycle Tours and Rental (Phnom Penh),  +855 89 834704, +855 15 696376, e-mail: . Sa-Su, 09:00-17:00. During the week upon request. Take a short trip alone or with a group to the other side of the Mekong River or into the countryside. USD2.
  • The Empire cinema34, St 130 (Just off Riverside Blvd), e-mail:. M-F, 16:00-23:00; Sa-Su, 13:30-23:00. Arthouse cinema/restaurant featuring blockbusters, children's films, documentaries, music, animations and the classics on the big screen on the 2nd floor of an original Cambodian wooden house with air conditioning. Drinks and house-made hot buttered popcorn available. The Killing Fields screens daily. USD3.50 for adults, USD1.50 for under 18 for all day.
  • Flicks 2 cinema#90, St 136 (near Feel Good Cafe). Great 32-seat mini cinema showing lots of great movies. Their website gives the current film schedule. $3.50 all day ticket.
  • Flicks 3 cinema#, St 258. Great 32-seat mini cinema showing lots of great movies. Their website gives the current film schedule. $3.50 all day ticket.
  • Feel Good Spa#79, St 136 (next to Flicks 2 cinema),  078 888 773.Western-managed-spa and emporium that offers many different types of massage and health treatments.
  • Hash House Harriers. A running club that meets every Sunday at 14:15 at the railway station. USD5.
  • Help the Needy with Choice. A great way to help some of the local poor people in a positive and rewarding way is to help the expat run charity called Choice. They help provide food and basic supplies to about 200+ extremely poor families as well as medical assistance if needed. They also provide vocational training and feed and send many children to local schools and universities. Skilled volunteers especially teachers are welcome to help.
  • Mekong Cruises. Boats leave every evening for a river cruise. Many provide snacks or dinners at sunset. Be sure to visit Mekong Island to see rural life. USD8.
  • Mekong Islands Bicycle Tour23 St 144. 08:00-12:30. Daily 20 km bicycle ride with Grasshopper Adventures, along small trails along the rivers and criss-crossing the islands (4 ferry hops) to explore the lush green countryside around Phnom Penh. USD29.
  • Meta House6, St 264, opposite Wat Botum. Art gallery, bar, mini-cinema and production house. Shows free, high quality foreign and Cambodian films Tu-Su nights at 19:00 in the bar-lounge on the roof.
  • Orphanage Visit (ChildSafe International). If considering visiting one of the orphanages do be aware that they may be exploitative and poorly run. Your money may go to the owner rather than the children. There are few if any legitimate orphanages in Phnom Penh: almost all are scams. Also, accepting impromptu visits from unscreened foreigners is often a sign of a substandard orphanage which does not have the children's best interests at heart. If you really want to help, try contacting organisations like this one that run educational programs, and see if there is any way you can assist.
  • Scuba Nation Diving Centre18Eo, St 3 (Close to the FCC),  +855 12 715785fax: +855 23 211850, e-mail: . M-F, 09:00-18:00, Sa 09:00-17:00, Su 11:00-18:00. The pioneers of diving in Cambodia, providing comprehensive diving and snorkelling services, day trips, liveaboards, nitrox and a full range of PADI courses from beginner to instructor. Flexibility is the key: you can do training sessions while sightseeing in Phnom Penh, then finish with a liveaboard on the only custom made diving boat in Cambodia.
  • Thunder Ranch Shooting Range (Near killing fields of Cheoung Ek).Shooting range run by a unit of the Royal Cambodian Army. For a pretty hefty fee you can fire everything from pistols to machine guns at paper targets. Moto drivers, apparently oblivious of the reaction most visitors have, will try to include this in a trip to the killing fields and will take a nice commission for taking you there. Pistol, USD20; AK-47, (30 rounds) USD40; rocket launcher, USD350.
  • Backstreet Academy#14, Street 360, Sangkat Boueng Keng Kong 1 (BKK1) (Khan Chamkarmorn (Same Building As Music Arts School)), +855 077793214, e-mail: . 09:00-18:00. An alternative tour experiences platform, they enable locals to offer authentic and unique activities to tourists such as fishing on the mekong like a local fisherman, coconut carving workshops, Cambodian Boxing, Apsara dance classes, even a fear factor challenge where you learn to cook insects which are sold by vendors along the streets in Phnom Penh. A social enterpise, they work with many underprivileged people who either serve as hosts or facilitators. The facilitators will pick you up from your hotel and translate for you. These facilitators are usually young students looking for work to pay for their education or orphans looking to transition into society. Transport is provided for most activities in Phnom Penh. A great way to interact with local people and take in the culture and have something memorable to bring home.
  • PhoceaMekong CruisesTourism terminal passenger+855 12 221 348, e-mail: . Phoceamekong Cruises operates river cruises from Phnom Penh. The trips are "all-inclusive," but their website notes that they actually do not include "personal expenses, tips, and other services not mentioned."

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