If you’re sick of sightseeing, or your liver needs a break, never fear, there are daytime activities in Phnom Penh.
Go for a run (or a walk)
Every Sunday at 14:15 the Hash House Harriers meet up at the Railway Station and then travel together to a rural spot around Phnom Penh to go running (although many choose to walk). It costs $5 per person, which includes drinks, and is a nice way to see the villages outside of town.
See a movie
Seeing an English-language movie is the best way to take a break from the madness that is Phnom Penh. Three venues in town, Sabay Cineplex, Legend Cinema and The Flicks, all have daytime screenings that are blissfully air-conditioned.
Despite what you may have heard about Phnom Penh expats suffering from apathy and alcoholism, they manage to shrug that aside once a week to play Frisbee. Every Sunday they play at the ISPP field near BKK market at 15:30. Contact craigdgerard(at)gmail.com for details.
At $12 it’s a little expensive, but the go-kart track outside of Phnom Penh is a favourite with emotionally exhausted tourists and bored expats looking for a hit of adrenaline.
Take a yoga or Pilates class
There are daytime yoga and Pilates classes all over town. I’ve listed most here, and there are new ones being offered at The Flicks, which has early morning yoga on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 06:30 and 08:00 and Pilates on Tuesday and Thursday at 06:30 and 12:30 for $5.
Have afternoon tea
If exercise isn’t your idea of daytime fun, why not dress up and have a super posh afternoon tea? For between $10 and $15++ you can enjoy afternoon tea at any of a number of swanky hotels that stand out among the others in town. Once you’re finished, hanging around the lobby of any of these hotels can provide an extra hour or two of air-conditioned enjoyment.
By Lina Goldberg
Last updated on 11th April, 2015.