Cambodia Nightlife: Where to Go & Safety!

The Cambodia nightlife is pretty famous. Along with locals, a lot of foreigners come to enjoy Cambodia nightlife. This lively country has a lot of restaurants, bars, and clubs. All major towns and cities of Cambodia have these attractions, and most of them are open for 24 hours.

Let's check out some of the highlights of Cambodia nightlife.

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is Cambodia's capital. The city has a plethora of options for a night out. From fancy places to drink and party to a bounty of backpacker bars to cheap street food alongside the river, it has everything. If you want a big market experience, then you can visit the Jet Container Night Market, which is the new upmarket. Here you will find a lot of bars, pop-up restaurants, and stores. Even if you are alone, you will have a great taste of Cambodia nightlife. See also Russian Market in Phnom Penh

On the other hand, if you are looking for something modest, there are quite a few night markets. The market alongside the river on Sisowath Quay is quite cheap to fit every budget.

Independence Monument, Phnom Penh
Night View of Independence Monument

Siem Reap Pub Street
Siem Reap Pub Street

Siem Reap

Siem Reap is quite famous for its Pub Street. Along with that, it also has a number of pubs, bars, clubs, and eateries to suit every budget and style. A walk down Pub Street can be a fun way to explore Cambodia nightlife quietly. Well, if it's not your cup of tea, then you can also choose from plenty of bars on the side streets such as Steung Thmei Road, Sok San Road, and The Lane. When you are here, be cautious of the usual scams, beggars, and pickpockets. See the oldest market in Siem Reap - Phsar Chas


There was a time Sihanoukvilles was one of the seediest parts of Cambodia. Nowadays, the place is in the middle of a Chinese upheaval. Well, the old beach bars are demolished to give way to giant casinos, which seem to be finding a place everywhere. Yes, you still find some pockets of debauchery. But these are recommended for a night out. In fact, you're better off making your way to the islands from Otres instead these days. See also Ochheuteal Beach in Sihanoukvilles


Otres Beach is one of the great places to spend your nights. It is a short tuk-tuk ride away from Sihanoukville. Otres Market is called the home of the Saturday night. And why not? This market features craft stalls, live music, food, and Kerfuffle. It is famous for its all-night rave amidst the forest. It is the hub of nightly parties and boasts plenty of bars. If you are a tourist and looking for a good time, Otres has a lot to offer. Nobody would like to miss the chance of watching the amazing bioluminescent plankton and starry skies! And the best part is that you won't be facing the problems that you will find in the major cities.

Make sure not to leave your valuables on the beach if you are going for a late-night swim. You also need to be careful while taking tuk-tuk rides between the beaches and the village at night.

Koh Rong

You cannot miss visiting Koh Rong if you are really looking to explore Cambodia nightlife. The beautiful island is as popular for its nightlife, along with its chill-out vibes. Its major attraction is a monthly Full Moon Party on Police Beach. One should avoid bringing their valuables here and also should not walk home alone. If you want to party hard, sticking to the booze is the better option. See also Koh Rong Samloem

Want to Enjoy Cambodia Nightlife Safely? Check out These Safety Tips

Cambodia is quite a friendly and safe place during the day. But, you can get into trouble if you decide to walk alone late at night. When you are alone, avoid taking motorbike taxis or tuk-tuks.
It is recommended to go with fellow travelers or friends. Where possible, leave valuables at home or hotel where you are staying. Traveling alone means inviting all those bag snatchers, street beggars, pickpockets, and drunks.

Drink Spiking in Cambodian bars

There have been incidents of drink spiking occurring in the coastal town of Sihanoukville, especially in bar venues that are frequented by
Cambodian Pub Street
Do Not Drink Too Much to Lose Cautiousness

Things to avoid at night in Cambodia:
•  Make sure to buy your drink by yourself only.
•  Watch over your drink while interacting with groups.
•  Before you go to the washroom, finish your drink first.  
•  Don't drink too much to lose your cautiousness.
•  Look like getting drowsier than usual? Leave right away and get help. Contact your travel insurance emergency assistance.
•  When you feel getting speedy and really animated, it's a good chance that your drink might have been spiked with the "Madness Drug" called Yaba. It is a powerful stimulant developed to keep you drinking.

A Few More Things to Avoid While Exploring Cambodia Nightlife!


Though there is a no-tolerance law in Cambodia regarding drugs, there is a huge problem with ice / crystal meth / yaba in here. These are often marketed as MDMA or speed. Drug-related deaths are pretty common. There have been cases of powdered heroin being sold as dangerously unregulated pharmaceuticals as well as cocaine, which resulted in serious illnesses. So you should avoid drugs in Cambodia.

Drunk Drivers

One aspect of Cambodia nightlife that is pretty dangerous is Drink driving. Accidents are becoming quite common at night. So be careful, especially when you see those big trucks coming your way at high speed with their headlights on full.


It won't be wrong to say that prostitution has become a part of Cambodia nightlife. A lot of the tourist areas in Cambodian cities have a plethora of Asian beauties practicing their trade on an open market. A night with one of these beauties may give you more trouble than pleasure.

So, these are a few tips to enjoy Cambodia nightlife and be safe at the same time.

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