Daytime activities in Phnom Penh

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If you’re sick of sightseeing, or your liver needs a break, never fear, there are daytime activities in Phnom Penh.

Daytime in Phnom Penh... the world is your oyster.

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.

Ultimate Frisbee

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.

Possibly the most exciting 15 minutes of your life can be spent on the go-kart track.

Go go-karting

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.

Last updated: 11th April, 2015

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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