With a Cambodia-style ten-day week, Cambodia Gay Pride week is already in full swing for 2017, running from May 12th to 22nd. The theme this year is ‘I am what I am.’ The subtext of the theme is recycling, because it’s the same theme as the last two (three?) years, when it was chosen to convey “that you’re born to be what you are.”
The 2017 10-day event will celebrate the LGBT community, increase local acceptance, and raise awareness of LGBT issues in Cambodia. Of course all of the Phnom Penh gay bars will be having their own special celebrations, and there have been a few days of pre-game events, but here are some of the highlights, starting from today:
Blue Chilli cabaret show. The Cambodia LGBT community goes all out for pride week+ in Phnom Penh.
It’s actually quite easy to get into Phnom Penh from Phnom Penh International Airport (nee Pochentong). As in many cities, you’ll probably have a group of men shouting at you and trying to rope you into various transport options the minute you leave the arrivals hall. Take a deep breath and ignore them.
You have three transportation options for Phnom Penh Airport transfers: taxi, tuk tuk, and moto.
Welcome to Phnom Penh International Airport. Here’s how to leave.
Taking a taxi from Phnom Penh Airport
Taxis are the fastest, safest way to get from the airport into Phnom Penh, especially if you’re carrying lots of expensive equipment on you. You can either get an airport taxi or a private taxi. Continue reading →
Phnom Penh has a happening gay scene that’s very inclusive. No matter how you identify, a night out at one of Phnom Penh’s gay and queer bars is a recipe for fun. Drag and cabaret shows are all the rage in Cambodia, and you’ll find them at many of the gay bars on the weekends. Some of the acts may leave you scratching your head in confusion, but others feature accomplished performers in outrageous gear. There are also a few gay-oriented clubs in town as well. Our favorites are below.
Space Hair Salon is known for their flamboyant uniform and fancy dress parties.
Space Hair Salon and Bar is more than just the sum of its parts, it’s a unique combination of cool Cambodian hair salon and gay bar that attracts a mixed crowd of gays, straights, women, and adorable dogs (seriously). Owned by a Spanish-Cambodian couple, Space Bar is known for their relaxed vibe, handsome waiters, themed parties, and strict policy of no money-boys. You can also get your hair done while enjoying a drink and the tunes, which are a mix of fun dance tunes, Cambodian pop, and gay standards. Continue reading →
Battambang and Siem Reap are two of the nicest spots that Northwestern Cambodia has to offer, and each is worth visiting. Battambang and Siem Reap are only 48 miles (77 km) apart, but the trip can take as long as four hours due to the fact that there’s no direct road–all of the buses route through Sisophon–and up to ten hours by boat. Here we cover how to get from Siem Reap to Battambang (and vice-versa), including boat, taxi and bus.
Heading to Battambang? Check out our expat guide to Battambang with hotels, activities, transport and more.
The trip between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville is relatively painless. Here’s a round-up of the best options (hint: we prefer the mini-buses) to get from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville and vice-versa. The journey take between 3.5 and 6 hours. The later in the day you leave, the longer the trip will be due to traffic; around dusk it can take an hour or two just to get out of Phnom Penh.
Is it a bus or is it a mini-bus? It’s a small bus!
Buses, mini-buses, and express vans
The companies running the full-size buses that go between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville are objectively terrible: unsafe, slow, and uncomfortable. If you’re looking for a faster, more comfortable way to go between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville, I suggest traveling by mini-bus, or the slightly larger PSD Xpress. The trip takes a total of 4 to 6 hours, depending on traffic getting in and out of Phnom Penh. Continue reading →