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Phnom Penh Activities

What to Do in Phnom Penh

As the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh has a lot to offer the tourist. Maybe your idea of an ideal day out is a visit to an amusement park - if so, you're in luck. Looking for culture? Then head down to Phnom Penh's Classical Apsara dance and Khmer Performing Arts association. Want to tee off? No problem: the city has two golf courses. Along with horse riding, cooking classes and more you're going to find that this is a busy city.

 

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Children Park Koh Pich Amusement Park

Children Park Koh Pich is an amusement park at the South Sisowath Quay in Phnom Penh. It can get quite packed and offers colourful ways to have fun, including a rollercoaster, a roller skating area with a big wavy floor section and lots of booths where punters try to burst balloons with darts.

It is, of course, nowhere near as extravagant as Disneyland, but this is a great place for people-watching, especially watching the locals enjoying life with friends and family a reminder to outsiders that there is now much more to Cambodia than the grim history of the Killing Fields. 

  • Location: Koh Pich St, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Tel: +855 81 617 977
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Sovannaphum Arts Association & Art Gallery

Phnom Penh is not as active as Siem Reap when it comes to Khmer performing arts. Even so, you can find some of the performing arts schools in the city are open to the public during the day, allowing you the opportunity to observe dancers in training.

Among these, a must-see is the Sovannaphum Arts Association & Art Gallery on 111 Street 360 (corner of Street 105). Started in 1994 by a group of students from the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, the association has a theatre where traditional cultural shows are staged every Friday and Saturday night at 7.30 pm.

Shows include shadow puppet theatre, classical Apsara dancing, and folk and mask dances. On sale at the gallery at the theatre are shadow puppets made from leather, musical instruments and more. Another fine theatre to visit is the Chatomuk Theatre at Sisowath Quay.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 9pm
  • Location: 166 St 99, Phnom Penh 12307, Cambodia
  • Tel: +855 10 337 552

Frizz Cooking Class

Frizz Restaurant is a great place to learn about Khmer culinary, including its history that goes back a long way. In more recent times, the cuisine of Cambodia has been influenced by nearby countries as well as by the French.

But this is only fair return go back 1,000 years to when the Khmer Empire ruled over most of Southeast Asia and, some historians argue, the food in the subject countries was itself influenced by Khmer cuisine. Get a hands-on experience of cooking authentic Khmer dishes and to learn more about the ingredients from local experts.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm
  • Location: #67 Oknha Chhun St. (240), Phnom Penh 12207, Cambodia
  • Tel: +855 23 220 953

Golf in Phnom Penh

Golf in Cambodia is relatively new and the number of golf courses is limited. The first club to open in Cambodia, in 1996, was the 18-hole course at the Cambodia Golf & Country Club. On the outskirts of Phnom Penh, about 33 km west of the city centre, it is set among 120 acres, and also has a clubhouse, swimming pools, tennis courts, convention facilities and villas.

Another golf course near Phnom Penh is the Royal Cambodia Phnom Penh Golf Club. To get there, take Route 4 towards Sihanoukville and keep an eye out for a big sign for the club about 14 km from the city.

Cambodian Country Club Equestrian Center

Cambodian Country Club Equestrian Center which opened in 2003, is in the Northbridge International School (Airport road, South-East gate). An international-standard riding school and club, it offers riding and riding lessons for adults and children of all abilities and all ages from 5 years' old and up. The centre also stages showjumping events, exhibitions and a riding camp for kids.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 6pm
  • Location: 2004 Street, Group 6, Sangkat Toeuk Thla, Khan Sen Sok, Phnom Penh 12101, Cambodia
  • Tel: +855 93 885 591
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French Institute Cambodia

Institut Francais du Cambodge or French Institute Cambodia can be a great place to watch French films, apart from the several big-screen cinemas in town which mostly show films in the Khmer language.

Head down to 218, Keo Chea Street (Street 184) for the Institute's French Cultural Center Cinema. This shows French films, most of them with English subtitles.

  • Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 8am to 9pm (closed on Sundays)
  • Location: 218 Keo Chea, Phnom Penh 12211, Cambodia
  • Tel: +855 23 985 611
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