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Phnom Penh: Recreation & Activities

Phnom Penh: Recreation & Activities
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Arts Exhibitions and Galleries

Cambodia’s art scene has begun to blossom as a new generation of Cambodian artists come into their own. Art spaces offering changing exhibitions:

Bophana Center
#64 Street 200, Phnom Penh
Tel: 023-992174

Java Café & Gallery
#56E1 Sihanouk Blvd, Phnom Penh
Tel: 023-987420

Culture and Arts: Events

Amrita Performing Arts

An international performing arts production company working to promote and sustain the revival and preservation of traditional Cambodian performing arts.

#128-G9, Sothearos, Phnom Penh
Tel: 023-220424

Cambodia Living Arts

Currently offering ‘Traditional Dance Performances,’ a series of three rotating performances, showcasing a range of traditional Cambodian performing arts. Featuring more than Apsara dances, offering the chance to discover the diversity of Cambodian culture in the garden of the National Museum. Traditional Dance Performances, an initiative by non-for profit Cambodian Living Arts, also aims to create regular, well-paid work for emerging arts professionals in Cambodia. Low season: June 6 – August 30 shows on Fridays & Saturdays only. Starts at 7:00PM. Doors open at 6:45PM. Tickets: $15. (No shows in the months of April, May and September.)

Tel: 017-998570

Institut Français du Cambodge (formerly the French Cultural Center)

Events, lectures and exhibitions. Le Cinema hosts French films at 6:30PM every few days. Watch for monthly event schedule brochures.

#214, Street 184, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Tel: 023-721383

Java Cafe

A café set in an exhibition space, offering regularly changing exhibitions showcasing contemporary artists.

#56 E1, Sihanouk Blvd., Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Tel: 023-987420

Sovanna Phum Art Association

Sovanna Phum Art Association aims to revive and promote the treasure of Cambodian culture. Classical, Folk and Contemporary dance, Shadow theatre, Circus and Music are performed to local and international audiences in or out our theatre. Also active in promoting inter-cultural exchanges by interacting with artists from other countries as well as working with NGO/IOs on different educational and awareness campaign projects. Sovanna Phum’s artists can be hired for private or commercial events. Performances every Friday and Saturday at 7:30PM. Adult : $10; Children: $5

#166 Street 99, corner of St. 484, Phnom Penh
Tel: 012-846020

Brewery Tour

Kingdom Breweries (Cambodia), the producers of the premium beer Kingdom Pilsner, offers regular tours of its brewery facilities just north of the city. Kingdom Breweries in Phnom Penh has been in operation since 2010 and Kingdom Pilsner is available at bars and restaurants throughout Cambodia. Enjoy a complete tour of the brewery and stop in a the brewery bar, the Taproom overlooking the Tonle Sap River for a Kingdom Pilsner and Visitors are welcome to check out how the most premium Cambodia beer is made as brewery tours can be arranged and get to enjoy the Kingdom’s pride at the brewery’s Taproom.

Located at #1748, National Route #5, Russei Keo district, Kandal Province.
Tours are available Mon – Sat, 1:00PM-5:00PM.
Call for reservations Tel: 023-430180-2


Cooking Classes

The Cambodia Cooking Class
The Cambodia Cooking Class has been running since 2005. Begins with a tour around a local market. At the cookery school itself it’s hands-on action. You’ll make everything from scratch with fresh ingredients. Classes are held every day on a rooftop terrace. Book through frizz restaurant.

#67 Street 240
Tel: 012-524801

Feel Good Cooking School / Street Food Tours
Khmer cooking classing by experienced Cambodian cooking teachers at Feel Good Cafe. Featuring a trip to a traditional market to shop for ingredients. In class, individual cooking stations. Also offering Evening Street Food Tours.
#79 Street 136 (Feel Good Cafe)
Tel: 098-252533

La Table Khmere
Well-reviewed Cambodian cooking classes in Boeung Keng Kang 1 (BKK1) at La Table Khmere restaurant. Daily, half-day classes, morning and afternoon, including a trip to the market and hands-on preparation in a modern kitchen environment.
#11A Street 278, BKK1 (La Table Khmere restaurant)
Tel: 012-238068

Dance and shadow puppets

Sovanna Phum Art Association
In addition to hosting regularly scheduled traditional performances, Sovanna Phum Art Association also offers workshops in traditional Khmer arts such as Shadow puppet making & performing, classical & folk dance and how to play Khmer traditional music instruments. Private classes in the art of shadow puppet making are available on request.

#166, Street 99, Phnom Penh
Open Mon-Sat.
Tel: 023-987564, 012-846020

Fitness centers/Gymnasiums

Most of the major hotels have gyms offering complete, modern facilities. For early risers, every morning at the crack of dawn people congregate in the park in front of the Royal Palace to jog, walk, stretch, do Tai Chi and calisthenics.

The Great Duke Phnom Penh Fitness Center
Air- con, cardio/weight equipment. Swimming pool. Memberships.
#296 Mao Tse Toung Blvd., Phnom Penh
Tel: 023-424888

Phnom Climb Community Gym
Indoor climbing, bouldering, classes, workshops, kids activities. Open: 3:00PM – 9:00PM (8:00PM on Sunday); Saturday 8:00AM – 11:00AM, 3:00PM – 8:00PM.
#345, St 460, Toul Tom Poung, Phnom Penh
Tel: 017-897105

Physique Club, Hotel Cambodiana
Air-con, wieght machines, swimming pool, sauna, steam.
#313 Sisowath Quay Blvd., Phnom Penh
Tel: 023-218189

The Place 2
All new, five-star gym, state-of-the-art equipment, sauna, Jacuzzi, classes, swimming pool, table tennis, internet lounge.
#11 Street 51, BKK1 (The Place 2), Phnom Penh
Tel: 023-726999


Cambodia offers a limited but slowly growing number of golf courses. The Cambodia Golf and Country Club is the best and most popular 18-hole course in the Phnom Penh area, sitting about 35km from the city. There are now three comparative new courses in and near Siem Reap Angkor in the west of Cambodia.

Cambodia Golf and Country Club
Cambodia’s first golf course and the most popular in the Phnom Penh area. 18 hole golf course spread over 120 acres, palm trees, several water features. Clubhouse, restaurant, swimming pool, tennis courts.
Golf Course: Rte #4, 35km south of Phnom Penh
Tel: 023-363666

Hash House Harriers (P2H3)

In the time honored colonial tradition of curing the weekend’s hangover through exercise, beer and good cheer, the Phnom Penh chapter of the Hash House Harriers meets every Sunday at 2:00PM for a run, fun and food. Gather in front of the Railway Station at Monivong Blvd and Street 106. Phnom Penh
Tel: 099-353325

Horseback Riding

Cambodia Country Club
Equestrian center at the Cambodia Country Club with 30 horses, complete stables, arenas, open riding country. Offering lessons at all levels – basic riding skills, kid’s classes, dressage, jumping, vaulting and pony club for the kids. Lead trails for the kids. Sports club and restaurant.
Street 2004, Russey Keo District, Phnom Penh
Tel: 023-885591/2

Ice Skating

Ice Park Cambodia
The comparatively new Ice Park Cambodia offers a large, state of the art ice skating rink as well as skate rental and skating lesson. . Both have skate rental and the Ice Park offers skating lessons. and is open 9AM-10PM.
Located in AEON Mall, Phnom Penh

Kid’s City

Kid’s City Asia
Asia State-of-the-art indoor entertainment center for kids of all ages. Ice skating, Science Center, Clip & Climb, Laser Tag, Playground, dining, kid’s clothing shops.

#162 Sihanouk Blvd., Phnom Penh
Tel: 012-523218


The city now sports several modern movie theaters, most in the malls, showing the latest first-runs and blockbusters. The facilities at the major theaters are state of the art – 2D, 3D, 4D, and very comfy VIP seating. There are also a few old school traveler-friendly small community movie houses with regularly scheduled movies, often classics, in a sofa lounge atmosphere, with food and drink available.

The Empire Movie House
The movie house sits above The Empire restaurant and bar. Very comfy, 22-seat, fully air-conditioned, sound-proof theater. Chairs, tables, throw cushions and mats, your choice. Showing the classics and the latest movies, afternoons and evenings on weekdays, and an extra matinee showing on the weekends. Enjoy food and drinks from the restaurant/bar, served to you in the theater. One block off the riverfront.
Opening hours:
Monday – Friday: 4:00PM – 11:00PM
Saturday – Sunday: 1:00PM – 11:00PM
Happy Hour daily 4:00PM – 6:00PM

All house wine, cocktails and mixed drinks $2.50
Thursday steak special – Steak meal $7.50 (usually $12)

#34 Street 130 (near corner with Street 5), Phnom Penh
Tel: 015-251971 (English)
077-468243 (Khmer)

The Flicks Festival Movie House
Two uber-comfy movie houses offer blockbusters, film festival winners, documentaries and classics in HD quality on the big screen, in a/c movie rooms. The Flicks 1 has a welcoming bar with lounge deck outside. The Flicks 2 can be found next to the 11 Happy Backpackers on Street 136, ready to serve you cold drinks and fine food. The Flicks 3 @ Gasolina is the open air cinema during the dry season, screening movies on the big screen in a big garden. Cover: $3.50/day. See website for the weekly movie schedule and to make reservations.
The Flicks 1 Community Movie House: #39B, Street 95, BKK3, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
11 Happy Flicks 2: #88-89 St 136, riverside, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The Flicks 3: #11, St 258, opposite Hotel Cambodiana, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Legend Cinema
Phnom Penh’s first and currently only international standard movie theater playing first-run English language movies. Three movie halls with proper theater seats (including a VIP section), a full size screen, THX sound and 2D/3D capability. Popcorn, soft drinks and candy. See website for current showing schedule.
Tel: 088-9549857

Major Cineplex at Aeon Mall
Phnom Penh’s newest international standard movie theater. State-of-the-art theaters. VIP seating. 2D/3D/4DX theaters.
Aeon Mall, Sothearos Blvd., Phnom Penh
Tel: 023-901111

Scuba Diving

Scuba Nation PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center
The pioneers of diving in Cambodia, providing comprehensive diving and snorkeling services, day trips, live-aboards, nitrox and a full range of PADI courses from beginner to instructor. Flexibility is the key: you can do training sessions while ding sight-seeing in Phnom Penh, then finish with a live aboard on the only custom made diving boat in Cambodia.

Phnom Penh Head Office:
#1818Eo, Sothearos Boulevard, Phnom Penh
H/P: +(855)(0)12-715785
Tel/Fax: +(855)(0)23-211850
Sihanouk Ville Serendipity Beach Office:
Mohachai guesthouse, serendipity beach road, Sihanouk Ville, Cambodia.
Tel: +(855)(0)34-933700

Swimming Pools

If you are looking for a refreshing swim or leisurely afternoon lounging poolside, some of the fitness clubs (see previous page), most of the top-end hotels and many of the mid-range hotels allow use of their swimming pools for $4-$10/day. Here are but a few:

Himawari Hotel
Large pool. Jacuzzi. Gym.
#313, Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh
Tel: +(855)(0)23-214555
Fax: +(855)(0)23-217111

Julianna Hotel
Large pool. Restaurant/drinks.
#16, Street 152 (100m from Tchecoslovaquie Street), Phnom Penh
Tel/Fax: +(855)(0)23-880530-31

Patio Hotel
Rooftop infinity pool and bar with city view.
#134Z Street 51, BKKI, Phnom Penh
Tel: 023-997900
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
#92 Rukhak Vithei, Phnom Penh
Tel: 023-981888

Ta Khmau Zoo / Phnom Tamao / Prasat Tamao
Balloon Rides
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