Going out in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh: the name conjures up an image of the exotic. The glimmering spires of the Royal Palace, the saffron coloured robes of the monks and the heavenly location on the banks of the mighty Mekong – this is the Asia many people dream about.
Despite being a bit rough on the edges, the city retains its former charm as a leafy Southeast Asian capital with a nice riverside promenade, stunning pagodas and busy markets. And the famous Cambodian hospitality awaits the visitors to the capital of the Kingdom of Wonder.
Cambodia’s capital has a sort of provincial charm and tranquillity with French colonial mansions and tree-lined boulevards amidst monumental Angkorian architecture. Phnom Penh is a veritable oasis compared to the modernity of other Asian capitals.
Once the ‘Pearl of Asia’, Phnom Penh’s shine was tarnished by the impact of war and revolution. But the city has since risen from the ashes – with an alluring cafe culture, bustling bars and a world-class food scene.
The gay scene is also in rapid development. When you want to take a break from the busy life in Phnom Penh, head down to Blue Chilli, the gay bar for a friendly crowd, great drinks and a fantastic drag show. If you are looking for a night of relaxed drinking and mingling, as well as a fun time, Blue Chilli is the place to be.
# 36Eo, Street 178
Khan Daun Penh
012 56 63 53
From farm to fame
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