Khmer clubs in Phnom Penh

What we say: 3.5 stars

Most visitors to Phnom Penh who are the club-going type end up visiting one the few Western-oriented clubs in town. But there are even more clubs in town catering to Khmers, and each offers a unique clubbing experience — from daytime discos to live bands and slow dancing — that gives an interesting insight into Cambodian night-life.

Who says it's not cool to slow dance in a nightclub?

Here are a few Khmer clubs in Phnom Penh that are worth checking out:

Phnom Penh’s classic Khmer club, Spark is filled with the under-25 Cambodian set who are there to ogle each other and nurse overpriced drinks. Live music, DJs, and comedy acts make this a must-see for tourists looking to understand exactly what Khmer 20-somethings who are allowed to stay out after dark actually do. And what they do is slow dance — every night Spark has a few slow-dancing sets with a live singer belting out Khmer love songs and giving the patrons an excuse to awkwardly put their arms around one another.

Parkway Center, Mao Tse Tung Blvd, Phnom Penh.
T: (012) 433 333
Open daily, 21:00 – 4:00.

Catering to the wealthy young Cambodians of Phnom Penh, Platinum is a Western-style club featuring a booming sound system that plays mostly Top 40 dance music. A great place to see where Phnom Penh’s well-heeled elite youth buy overpriced drinks and talk about who their dads are.

St 47, Phnom Penh.
T: (012) 621 76
Open daily, 18:00 til late.

Daytime clubbing... it's contagious!

Catering to the after-school crowd, Fever opens in the early afternoon to take advantage of the must-be-home-by-9pm Khmer crowd. Despite its hours, it’s set up like a proper nightclub and with no windows, you’ll be hard-pressed to recall that it’s not even dinnertime yet when you are shaking your booty on the dance floor.

1st Floor inside the Pencil Supermarket Mall on Sothearos, Phnom Penh
T: (016) 303 999
Open Mondays 13:00 – 24:00, Tuesdays through Thursdays 15:00 – 24:00, Fridays and Saturdays 13:00 – 24:00 and Sundays 15:00- 24:00.

DJ Club
DJ Club is always crowded with freshie boys in skinny jeans and you’re almost guaranteed to see teenage Cambodian boys dancing with their arms around each other for lack of female alternatives. Plays pop, hip hop and Top 40 and the drinks are reasonably priced.

Corner of St 174 and St 63, Phnom Penh
T: (012) 586 884
Open daily, 20:00 – 3:30

About the author
Previously, Lina has been based in Oakland, California, New York City, Dublin and London. Lina spends most of her time thinking about food, travel and synthpop. She's currently based in Siem Reap.
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