A brief response to the frequent assertion that there isn’t much choice in places to go, things to do or people to meet in Phnom Penh.
I began blogging about things Cambodian in 2002, initially from Siem Reap.
I wrote about nearly everything that took my interest because if I didn’t get it on the web, few else would at the time.* I noticed something after a while: my blog was getting clogged with art and event announcements.
In 2005 I started a simple ‘What’s On’ blog* where I could zap the info directly from email-to-blog. I add tidbits to it as I see fit to this day. As of 2012 there are heaps of gig guides competing for your eyeballs and advertising dollars.
So off the top of my head, here is a list of things you can do besides hanging out in dive bars with ‘crispy’ expats.
Cambodian Living Arts (check out their ‘Children of the Bassac’ performances)
French Cultural Centre
Human Sciences Happy Hours in Phnom Penh
BarCamp Phnom Penh
Nerd Night Phnom Penh
Drinks by Design
Phnom Penh Swings (Dance, not partner swapping.)
Hash House Harriers
A very old list of Cambodia-centric sites
As said before, this is a very rough list, there’s a gajillion more. Please to explore and enjoy.
*This ‘web up everything’ role has been largely taken by friend Andy Brouwer. http://blog.andybrouwer.co.uk/ It’s made me feel more free to be less of a generalist. (For example, last year made a commitment to draw one comic a day at QuickDraw.Me. I highly recommend checking out his blog for a much more accurate view of the cultural landscape.
*Quite possibly the first in-Cambodia ‘What’s On’ blog. Glad to see other folks taking on the challenge.