Phnom Penh City Guide

Lake side (RIP)

Phnom Penh in a word: Playground.
C.O.H: 4.5 / 5
Q.O.G: 3 / 5
S.T.L: 4.5 / 5
City guide ratings explained

Costs €$£

Beer: Around  $1 a beer.
Bed: €3 for a private  room.
Bud: Practically free!
Board: €2 for a decent meal.
Budget other: The odd bribe might cost you.
Currency Conversion

Overview

Most people go off the rails here. This place has everything. Cambodia is the wild west of East Asia. If you like weed, sex and booze; you may never leave.

Khmer to me... prrr

The Girls

Khmer girls are cute and cunning. They are darker than other races in Indo-China. They’re traditional dancing is insanely sexy and portrays an alluring delicacy . Be but warned, they get very jealous and are prone to violence. Life is cheap in Cambodia. What constituents prostitution here is a contentious issue.  Men pay dowries to marry women; who in turn are treated like property. Some girls in Phnom Penh are ‘professional girlfriends’. They won’t ask for money but they often expect the man to pay for everything. Other girls are more relaxed and just want to meet foreigners. One night stands are common but the  girls tend to want relationships to develop as a result. But that’s not a bad thing; Khmer chicks are great fun, smoke weed and are very willing to please. Expect to stay A LOT longer than expected. The life style here is sweet. My first trip here was with a friend in 2006 – he is still there to this day!

Nightlife Recommendations

Phnom Penh is rockin’ every single night. This place is anything but boring. Here are some popular picks. Plenty of girls of all backgrounds in both.

Heart of Darkness
This small little disco is practically famous. Attracting all the angels and demons of Phnom Penh, this place is a must.

Pontoon

Cool boat bar by the river. A bit more up-scale; a good place to pick up more sophisticated Khmers.

Getting High (courtesy of webehigh.com)

Legislation: Technically smoking pot is illegal in cambodia. However given that the cambodians use it in cooking, restaurants use it on pizzas, and corruption is rampant it generally is not a problem so long as your sensible. Remember this is a very poor country, and people may be desperate for a sale or (other extreme) split a bribe..

Law Enforcement: In area’s like the Lake side you will have almost no problem with police as the local bars and guesthouses bribe the police to create a sort of ‘Green Light District’ in the middle of Phnom Penh.
Otherwise generally you will barely ever see any police around, just dont smoke in a non-tourist public area. Be sensible.

Where to buy Marijuana in Phnom Penh, Cambodia : You can almost always buy weed in the backpacker’s district, or by the lake side. as you make your way towards the restraunts on the water’s edge, you will most likely be confronted by 2 or 3 men asking you “you want joint?” by joint they just mean weed. prices go about 2$ for a decent bag. if you pay them more they will remember your kindness and deliver to parties or to city addresses for you
and another reporter added: “While living there I found the best place to buy from are the happy pizza shops along the lakeside. You can straight out ask or if your’e a little sketched out try asking them for rolling papers and usually they will offer. The stuff sold here is slightly better than any of the stuff you will buy off a street dealer or tuk-tuk/moto driver, but there is always them.

If you’re up for a good night go down to the Lake side where you will almost be surrounded by dealers asking you if you want to buy all sorts of drugs from weed to opium. They are usually found smack in the middle of the lake side main road and they will be more discrete before sunset and openly deal after sunset.
WARNING: When dealing with street dealers make sure you have the money you want to pay in cash in your pocket or something. The street dealers will get very close to you and ignore your personal space. So its a BAD idea to take out your wallet to pay because as soon as you give your dealer the money for the weed someone else will try and grab your wallet out of your hands. I learnt that the hard way.

Another good place to buy weed is also at the lakeside at the bar ‘Magic Sponge’ just ask the guy at the bar for a joint and he will roll you one or give you one he’s already rolled. There nice and big joints but have more baccy than normal (hey the guy has to make a living) if you go when its not busy he will probably roll one and join you on his ps2. Great guy :)”

Phnom Penh Marijuana Prices: Buying off street dealers/tuk-tuk drivers and moto drivers its important to know you can bargain. If your good you can get a medium sized bag (I estimate about a 1/4) for $2-5USD but thats if you can bargain well. Dont buy for more than that off a street-dealer your getting ripped off.

Buying at the pizza places costs a little more because the weed is better so you can buy in bags of $10USD or $15USD the bags again look like they contain about a 1/4 but you never know how much your getting unless you weigh but I doubt any cambodian dealer will care if its under/over weight.
At the Magic Sponge joints go for $1USD 🙂

My Phnom Penh Experience

I could write a book about my experiences here.  I think in this circumstance a picture’s worth a thousand word.

Tattoo of my name on my Khmer girlfriend's ass (Long story)

Her Dad's weed

15 Responses to “Phnom Penh City Guide”

  1. Etienne Says:

    Nice, I love your blog, I allways use it when I travel. I’m in Cambodia right now and I’m going to check out this magic sponge tomorow ;). Thanks again.

  2. Cool..I’m leaving from Phnom Penh tomorrow on a paid holiday and have got not clue what to do. Thanks for the tips. I’m from Singapore and tend to be a party animal usually chilling out in Phuket and Bangkok. So this is new terrain. I took note o Pontoon and Heart of Darkness. I think I’m staying in a hotel called Converse or Convez ?

  3. What the market rate for girls in PP please ?

  4. Great summary of PP, cant wait to get there. Gonna head straight to the magic sponge and sample their product! Il tell Paddy u said hello, ( fello irish man i presume! ) keep up the good work with the blog!

  5. Blunt_Twistin Says:

    When you going back to PP Nomad?

  6. awesome heart of darkness, after downing mekongn whiskey at the apartment headed to this place for some late night dancin’. So many girls, so little time! party scene here is alive!

    Also, can you guys name that 24 hour brothel near pasteur street? trying to remember what’s it called. i always go there to drink a couple of beers before crashing the bed. Cheers!

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