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Entertainment in Cambodia

 
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PHNOMPENH
There is a large choice of entertainment venues around Phnom Penh from lively nightclubs to quieter social venues to karaoke bars and fully licensed casinos. For those interested in cultural offerings, there is traditional Cambodian music and dance, especially the graceful and popular Apsara dancing which dates back to the Angkorian period, the Russian trained royal ballet, performances of classical Western music and the French Cultural Center offers something different every night from dance to theatre to cinema and music. Bars and night clubs are widely available especially overlooking the river. One such place is the Foreign Correspondents' club, an interesting meeting spot for expatriate residents and foreign visitors. In addition, many international hotels provide live entertainment for their guests such as jazz pianists and vocalists singing contemporary ballads. Cambodia's guests are never short of anything interesting to do regardless of taste and personal preferences.

Classical Apsara Dance and Khmer Performing Arts
Phnom Penh is not as active as Siem Reap when it comes to Khmer performing arts. However, so
me of the performing arts schools in the city are open to the public during the day, allowing visitors the opportunity to observe dancers in training.
Among these, a must-see is the Sovanna Phum Art Association 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. These 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: from Monday to Thursday 08:00 to 18:00, and on Friday and Saturday from 08:00 to 21:00.
Tel: Classical Apsara Dance and Khmer Performing Arts: + 855 (0) 23 987 564,
      Chatomuk Theatre at Sisowath Quay: + 855 23 725 119


Cooking School in Phnom Penh

Khmer culinary history 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.
To get hands-on experience of cooking authentic Khmer dishes and to learn more about the ingredients from local experts.  
Address: Cambodia Cooking Class on 67, Street 240
Tel: + 855 (0) 12 524 801.
Golf in Phnom Penh

Golf is relatively new in Cambodia and the number of golf courses is limited. However, there is considerable interest being shown by overseas investors.
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 33km 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 kilometres from the city.
Tel: Cambodia Golf & Country Club: + 855 (0) 23 363 666, Royal Cambodia Phnom Penh Golf Club: + 855 (0) 23 366 689

Horseback Riding

The Cambodian 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 five years' old up. The centre also stages showjumping events, exhibitions and a riding camp for kids.  
Tel: + 855 (0) 12 231 755.

Amusement Park

This is at the South Sisowath Quay in Phnom Penh and it is packed with colourful ways to have fun, including a roller coaster, 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.
Tel: + 855 23 72 3949.

SIEMRIEP

Situated near the famous temples of Angkor, Siem Reap has become a prosperous tourist town. But other than visiting the amazing Angkor temples, what else is there to do? Fortunately there are a myriad of activities you can enjoy in Siem Reap. From sports such as golf and cycling, to learning activities such as cooking and ceramics classes, to off-roading with dirt bikes and quads, to horseback riding, to bird watching, to enjoying a relaxing massage, the list goes on.
You can also visit floating villages, and help the local community by volunteering. There are activities suitable for all ages,     and all interests. We have reviewed for you here just a few of the many interesting, educational, and fun activities available in Siem Reap

Balloon Rides Above Angkor Wat
This is a tethered helium balloon near the world famous Angkor Wat. The big yellow balloon goes straight up for about 180m, and you get an altogether different and fantastic perspective of the magnificent temple ruins below. In addition to Angkor Wat, you can also see the Phnom Bakheng Temple, Bayon Temple, the West Baray, Siem Reap town, and the airport. The balloon operates from sunrise to sunset, but for obvious reasons it does not operate in the rain, or high winds.
Even people who don’t like heights, say it is an exciting and memorable ride. The sunrise and sunset flights are especially popular. The duration of the ride is about 10 mins. Do not forget to bring your camera!
Location: West of Angkor Wat on road to airport, 1Km west of Angkor Wat.
Tel: + 855 (0) 12 520 810


Angkor Golf Resort

The 18 Holes golf course designed by Sir Nick Faldo is the first of its kind in Cambodia offering unparalleled standard of golf course and golf facilities. Constructed on a former paddy field; the 18 Holes course is a challenging 7279 yards, par 72 that is built to challenge all levels of golfers and has been rated by the US PGA. In 2008, Angkor Golf Resort voted as top three new courses in Asia by Asian Golf Monthly. Facilities include: pro shop, 300 yards grass range, practice putting green, halfway huts and restaurants.
Opening Hours: 06.30 hrs – 19.00 hrs.
Location: Kasekam Village, Sra Nga Commune, Siem Reap, Cambodia
5 Minutes drive from Siem Reap International Airport
10 Minutes drive Angkor Wat and Siem Reap city center.
Tel: + 855 (0) 637 67 688; + 855 (0) 637 67 689

Silk Painting

This class is also offered by Artisans d’Angkor. Students learn how to mix colors, and how to paint a modern, or traditional Cambodian scene. The artisan also teaches painting techniques so students can make their own designs for craft projects.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 08:00, 10:30, and 14:00. Each class lasts 2 hours.
Location: Artisans d’Angkor Silk Farm, Hwy. No, 6, Puok District.
Remarks: Lessons are by reservation only. Contact for availability.
Tel: + 855 (0) 63 767 018, + 855 (0)12 222 404.

Silk Weaving

Offered by Artisans d’Angkor, the lesson teaches how to weave silk cloth using silk produced at their own silk farm. The class features pre-warped looms, ready for weaving, and individual instruction by a master weaver. Student’s woven Pieces can be taken as a souvenir.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 08:00, 10:30, and 14:00. Each class lasts 2 hours.
Location: Artisans d’Angkor Silk Farm, Hwy. No, 6, Puok District.
Remarks: Lessons are by reservation only. Contact for availability.

Khmer Cooking Classes

Many non-Khmer, visitors and expats alike, enjoy Khmer food. It is generally not spicy like other Southeast Asian cuisine, and home cooked Khmer food is quite delicious.
Therefore, taking cooking lessons to learn how to prepare authentic Khmer dishes are popular here. Several hotels and restaurants offer such cooking classes, and we have reviewed a few of them here.
Alliance Art Cafe
The lesson starts with a trip to a local market to learn about locally grown herbs, spices, exotic fruit and vegetables. You prepare dishes such as banana blossom salad, chicken with sugar palm and pineapple, and ripe banana with coconut milk and sesame. The Khmer chef teaches tried and tested recipes that you can share friends and family. Group sizes are between two and six people, and lessons last three hours.
Location: Alliance Cafe kitchen, Wat Damnak, 7 Makara Street.
Tel: + 855 (0) 63 964 940.

Le Tigre de Papier
Classes start at 10am, 1pm, and 5pm, and each class lasts for 4 hours. It starts with a shopping trip to a local market for local ingredients. Students can choose from dishes on the restaurant’s Khmer menu. At the end of the class, participants eat what they have made. They also offer vegetarian cooking.
Location: 2nd floor of the restaurant, Pub Street.
Tel: + 855 (0) 63 760 930.

Off Road Adventures

In the past several years, all types of off-roading has become very popular in Siem Reap. This is mainly because of the nice countryside around Siem Reap, and also because of the many remote ancient Angkor temples in the area. Of course the remote temples can be reached by van, but for some people, its much more exciting and adventurous to go off-road. There are companies that offer dirt bike, quad bike, and buggy tours.

Quad Adventure Cambodia

Quad discovery tours brings you to places where time seems to have passed without changing the people’s traditional way of living. The quad bikes are specially designed off-road vehicles that cope with all kinds of terrain. After clear instructions and practice, you will go for an unforgettable experience amongst rice fields and traditional villages led by experienced guides. Free pick up and drop off at hotel.
Location: South of Wat Damnak.
Tel: + 855 (0) 17 784 727, + 855 (0) 92 787 216.

Flomo Adventure Tours

They offer buggy tours (a kind of dune buggy) to off-road and dirt road locations around Siem Reap. They have four different types of tours, and some of the places they go to include: The Baray, a silk farm, Tonle Sap Lake and Floating Village, Kulen Mountian, Beng Mealea Temple, Kbal Spean, and a sunset tour. Trips are from half day to all day. They speak English and French.
Location: South of Tep Vong St., near ANZ Bank.
Tel: + 855 (0) 63 964 586, + 855 (0) 85 584 154.
Other Activities

Sky Venture

For real thrill seekers, you can see the ancient temples from the air in a microlight, a small light aircraft, similar to a hang glider but powered by a propeller. They offer four different flights (2 temple flights, Tonle Sap flight, and Roluos Group flight).
Location: National Hwy. No. 6, 5km east of Siem Reap.
Tel: + 855 (0) 77 602 912, + 855 (0) 17 678 533.

Tara Boat

This 80 year old riverboat, anchored on the Tonle Sap Lake, used to ply between Vietnam and Cambodia. In the dry season when the water level is low, the floating village of Chong Khneas migrates out to where the Tara Boat is anchored. They offer floating village tours, sunset tours, Kompong Phluk and flooded forest tours, Prek Toal tours, etc. Floating village tours include the Gecko Center, and crocodile/fish farms. All tours include meals and unlimited drinks. You can relax and watch a beautiful sunset from the upper deck while sipping your favorite beverage. They provide English speaking guides, and free pick-up from hotel or guesthouse.
Location: Tonle Sap Lake.
Tel: + 855 (0) 92 957 765, + 855 (0) 97 968 9060.

SIHANOUKVILLE

Considered by many as Southeast Asia’s next top beach resort, Sihanoukville attracts travelers from all over the world, especially those who are looking for a new beach destination with a lovely, unspoiled coastline that has not yet become overdeveloped.
But it’s not entirely unsophisticated. After hanging out on Sihanoukville’s quiet beaches for a few days, visitors can try some of the activities below.
Cinema
Check out the Top Cat Cinema, an air-conditioned theatre with big screen, relaxing seats and properly scheduled films. They also serve traditional Western movie snacks such as pop corn and ice cream, soft drinks and even beer.  
Tel: + 855 (0) 12 177 0677.

Cooking Class

Take a cookery class at the Traditional Khmer Cookery School. They will introduce you to Khmer recipes, ingredients and cooking techniques.
Tel: + 855 (0) 92 738 615.

Scuba Diving

Snorkeling and Scuba diving in Sihanoukville thrives because of the area's favourable topographical features. Offshore local waters are warm and the visibility is low but it is better to dive out by neighbouring islands and Condor Reef as visibility is superior there.
Snorkeling, also, can be impressive around the nearby islands which feature rocky reefs, shallow waters and coral, and colourful tropical fish. Diving and snorkeling from December to June is ideal because the water is clearer and cooler than the rest of the year. Professional guidance is available on the beach to assist divers and the snorkellers.
Diving has been part of the Sihanoukville scene for quite some time, October to June being the busiest period. Some of the most talked-about dive sites are Koh Rung Samloem and Koh Kon which are quite close to Sihanoukville.
Those who have more time should also dive at Koh Tang, Koh Prins, and Condor Reef, which are further out.
Contact dive shops such as Eco Sea Dive Tel: + 855 (0) 12-654104), Scuba Nation Tel: + 855 (0) 12-604680) or Chez Claude Tel: + 855 (0) 12-824870.

Traditional Massage

Experience a real traditional Khmer massage at Islands Massage (Tel: + 855 (0) 34 399 070), Sokha Beach Resort & Spa (Tel: + 855 (0) 34 935 999) or Tropical Massage (Tel: + 855 (0) 34 933 726). There are other places that advertise ‘massages’ but whose service strays beyond what most people might regard as ‘traditional’. If you don’t want to find yourself in such a place, check with the front desk at your hotel.
Tel: Islands Massage (Tel: + 855 (0) 34 399 070), Sokha Beach Resort & Spa (Tel: + 855 (0) 34 935 999) or Tropical Massage (Tel: + 855 (0) 34 933 726)

Others

Try deep sea fishing with Fisherman’s Den. They have a 54-ft fishing boat with experienced crew, available for fishing, snorkeling and island-hopping trips.
There is as yet no golf course nearby, but according to local press reports, Sihanoukville is among the places slated to get courses in the near future.
Tel: + 855 (0) 34 933 997.