Last updated March 7th, 2019
If you are looking for the best places to meet girls in Phnom Penh and a dating guide for this city then you have come to the right spot. We have an abundance of places you can visit to try to pick up single women or to show them a good time on a date night.
However this city may not be what you are expecting, we are going to include some travel tips for tourists and new expats at the end and we highly suggest you don’t skip that section. We have noticed when reading a lot of other travel and nightlife blogs about Cambodia that many sites don’t hit on some very important aspects in regards to dating and trying to hook up here.
We will cover those things throughout this post, but will go more in depth at the end. You do need to remember that this is an extremely poor country, if you have just come here after visiting Thailand you might be in for a bit of shell shock.
But that can all be covered later as well, and we have an OK list of nightclubs and bars to try and pick up single girls in Phnom Penh. Notice that we said ‘OK’ and not ‘amazing!’ and to be honest OK is probably even stretching it.
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Day game options really aren’t any better, though we do have some thoughts on how you can use your time wisely before the sun goes down and the parties begin. Online dating isn’t great here either, but there is a good site that you can use and it will be mentioned in a bit.
Once all the ways to meet new girls have been covered our dating guide will begin. This will include some of the best restaurants in the city, cheaper date ideas, and fun ways to entertain any sexy ladies you can get to go out with you.
Nightclubs & Pick Up Bars
Here is a list of good singles bars and nightclubs to try and pick up girls in Phnom Penh:
- True Face Club at 2a Street 90
- Hangar 44 at 44 Bassac Lane
- Club Love on Street 278
- Duplex on Street 278
- Town at Preah Chey Chetha St 118
- Lounge at Riverhouse at No. 6 St. 110
- DIB Club on Koh Pich Street
- Epic at No122B, Sangkat Tonel Bassac
- Mad Monkey Hostel on Street 278
When doing research on other sites to compare their trips here to ours we were kind of shocked at what we saw. The top search result listed the main prostitute bar in Phnom Penh as the best nightclub in the city, and a strictly gay nightclub as the number two spot.
Look, we aren’t trying to diminish either spot or judge anyone. People should live their lives the way that makes them happy, but to barely mention that Heart of Darkness is a gay club and act like it is a place where many people are going to want to go party is just giving their readers the wrong impression.
Suffice to say if you are looking for the best bars and clubs to try and hook up with girls in Phnom Penh for free going into a club that is 99% men probably isn’t wise. In fact Pontoon next door should also be avoided unless you like bar prostitutes, and all of the bars around the Street 136 area are girly bars where you have to pay to get laid.
The problem is we just wiped out a huge chunk of the nightlife here, and there isn’t too much left over. If you are in town during peak season when there are lots of other tourists around this can be a really fun city to party in. If not it could be a boring trip. Luckily there is a little more going on here than in Siem Reap, if there are no cool backpackers in that city when you visit then the nightlife can be like a ghost town.
Meet Phnom Penh Girls During The Day
We aren’t trying to be overly negative here but meeting Phnom Penh girls during the day isn’t going to be all that much better. Particularly if you are talking about the local Khmer women, but we will cover them more later.
Lets just say they should not be your prime pick up targets, and if you are only in town for a few days and want to get laid hit on the many ladies traveling through from other countries. Tourists are out looking to have fun and will be easier to hook up with.
That means the best thing you can do is go to where they will go. We will be listing more tourist spots which can be good for a date soon, but walk along the Mekong River (the area is known as riverside) and there will be plenty of people out.
Look for single girls in cafes or who are taking a stroll by themselves. Or find a group of hot girls and head to whatever tourist attraction they are going to next. Spend the day trying to work your way into their group and see how it goes.
As far as picking up the locals the nicest mall is Aeon at #132, Street Samdach Sothearos Blvd but we wouldn’t consider this a great pick up spot by any means.
Chat With Girls Online
There are many guys out there who are backpacking around the world and hooking up with girls they meet online as often as they can. Southeast Asia is known to be a great region of the world for this, but Cambodia isn’t one of the better countries if easily getting laid for free is your goal.
As we have already covered a bit and will get more into later Khmer girls are generally very conservative, hooking up doesn’t often come quickly. But if you use a site like Asian Dating you will be able to chat with a large number of girls in Phnom Penh online and that can change things a bit.
There are plenty of women here who have an interest in foreign men but are far too shy to be seen at a nightclub after dark, or who would love to get to know you but might not have the courage to have a conversation if you go up to them at Aeon. That is why day game isn’t great, but if they can send you discreet messages without other people knowing that changes things.
Plus meeting girls in Phnom Penh online on Asian Dating is great for finding a life partner. Sluts are fun for getting laid, but most know not to turn a ho into a housewife. You don’t want to go to Pontoon to try and find a serious girlfriend, but you can spend a little bit of time messaging women online and find one with ease.
Phnom Penh Dating Guide
Now you know all of the best places to meet girls here and we can begin our Phnom Penh dating guide. There are going to be a wide variety of options around town, and lets start with some good romantic restaurants or cocktail bars:
- Eclipse Sky Bar at # 455, Monivong Blvd
- Casablanca Restaurant on the corner of St 278 and St 63
- Van’s Restaurant at No. 5, St. 102
- Le Bouchon Wine Bar at 82 street 174
- Le Moon Rooftop Lounge at 154 Dekcho Damdin St.
- Terrazza at #1C Street 282
There is also a lot of fine dining at the Nagaworld Casino. This city is usually pretty friendly to most budgets, but if you are looking for a cheap date spot Nagaworld won’t be it.
The Old Night Market on Street 110 often has live music or a DJ on weekend nights plus you can walk around the stalls and then take a stroll along the riverside for a great cheap date night in Phnom Penh. Speaking of that, a Mekong River Cruise can make for a wonderful romantic date.
Cambodian girls love karaoke, if you want to really make the night special for them you can bring them to Ikon Family KTV or Dream Music Family KTV located in Aeon Mall. If you do go for karaoke on a date night make sure to choose a ‘family’ option.
There are also free movies at Meta House, they range from older films to good documentaries.
Day Date Ideas
Finding cheap dates in the day will be extremely easy here. Head to any of the most famous tourist attractions like:
- Wat Phnom
- Royal Palace
- National Museum
- Independence Monument
- Silver Pagoda
- Killing Fields
These spots will be particularly good if your date is with another tourist. The local girls have probably seen them before and won’t be all that interested.
Other fun things to do during the day would be to take a tour of the Kingdom Brewery, take a hike up Oudong Hill and see the great views, or visit the Tuol Tom Puong Russian Market on Street 444. Plus Flicks runs movies all day long starting from 2pm and you can watch as many as you won’t for a few dollars.
You could always take a weekend getaway to Sihanoukville or Koh Rong if you find a girl you really like.
Dating Tips For Tourists & Expats
This is probably the most important section of this entire dating guide, the nightlife and girls in Phnom Penh are quite a bit different then what you might be expecting. This is a very poor country and your money will go a long way here, but you will see the poverty all around you.
If you are looking for a luxurious vacation then Cambodia isn’t the right place for that. You don’t really need to change your money to the local currency, just about everywhere will accept dollars and you can take a tuk tuk or motorbike taxi to most places for a few dollars.
If you want to save a few bucks negotiate the price down, if you want to be generous then pay them as much as you want. The travel stuff is easy to figure out, but the dating scene is what is most important for a post like this.
Remember how earlier we said that areas like where Pontoon and Street 136 are were filled with prostitutes? Well, that is what most of the nightlife here is about. And most of the time if you see a Khmer girl out after midnight she probably is a call girl.
In truth there just really isn’t much nightlife to choose from anywhere you go. Take a walk 2 blocks away from the touristy streets at 11pm and there will be no one else out and they will be dead silent.
Locals don’t party much, and most Phnom Penh girls do not have an interest in hooking up with a tourist. The ones who do are hoping to get paid if you want to get laid.
That is why you are best off trying to pick up other tourists, and the Street 278 area has turned into a backpackers party district as of late. You can find good singles bars here, a couple clubs, and plenty of hotels and hostels. If you want to get laid you should probably stay there.
Also be sure to visit during peak tourist season which is from November to March. Since they are going to be your main targets make sure you have as many options as possible. If you come here during rainy season you are likely to leave very disappointed.
Enjoy Dating Phnom Penh Girls
We might have been a bit too negative throughout this post but we just want to try to give an accurate assessment of the scene to our readers. We don’t want to just throw up any club we can find and tell you it is a great place to get laid, then only give a vague mention of it being a gay bar that might have zero girls inside.
Or tell you that you are going to find world class nightclubs here and that the local women want to have casual sex with every foreign man they can. That isn’t the case, and it is important for you to understand it.
This city is great for guys on a budget, everything can be done very cheap. But as far as having a high ceiling when it comes to nightlife that isn’t the case at all. If you are struggling to get any traction going don’t forget to try Asian Dating, and logging on a week before you visit to try and get the ball rolling before you arrive wouldn’t be a bad idea either.
That wraps up our best places to meet girls in Phnom Penh and the dating guide, enjoy your time here.