The evening stroll along the Tonle Sap riverfront is an institution among Phnom Penhois, particularly in the hot season when ... More
The evening stroll along the Tonle Sap riverfront is an institution among Phnom Penhois, particularly in the hot season when the cool evening breeze blows in over the water from the east. Sisowath Quay, which was "beautified" in 1997 with funds from the Asian Development Bank, is a bustling promenade and home to many international style bars and restaurants, many of them set in restored colonial villas dating back to the 19th century. The riverfront is also a focus for the city's major festivals such as Khmer New Year in April and the Water Festival in November.
Yeah, the Riverfront is Phnom Penh's major attraction, esp. on Sundays when scores of Cambodians come out to stroll along the Riverfront, have a picnic in the park in front of the Royal Palace, play games with their kids and have their pictures taken by some 'professional' photographer. A great atmosphere.
When getting thirsty, have a drink at the FCC. From their balcony, the view on the crowds below and the confluence of Tonle Sap and Mekong is great. Food is on the expensive side though. Better option is frizz cafe restaurant, for a taste of genuine Khmer food, yummie! They are just past the 'happy' pizza places.
The Riverfront dies down early, around 11 at night. But, no need to go some other part of town. Just one block from the Riverfront is the Ginger Monkey Bar, with a delightful atmosphere. They organize special theme nights regularly.
So, yeah, enjoy a day on Sisowath Quay! (official name of the Riverfront)
Was disappointed in the Riverfront hotel. While money was not a consideration, I wanted to take the Boat from Sein Reip to Phnom Penh. The dock was right accross the street.
I choose this hotel and paid three months in advance. The hotel was under rennovation when we arrived. At First they claimed no reservation. Then they said yes but had no room.
Finally they ssigned me to a room that was a disgrace. At breakfast, they would give me no coffee refill. Ate in the dining room only one of five nights even though included with the room rate paid. When I went to check out, they insisted and I finally paid for two bottles of water each of the five days i was there. Every hotel including those in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, that said the water was safe, still gave you two free bottles each day. RIP OFF!!!!
Never stay here again.
the only problem with the river front i found was the amount of beggars and hawkers all night, but as mentioned in your guide is the ginger monkey, 100m down st 178. great bar, great atmosphere and low prices, no beggars and is open til last person leaves, latter than anywhere on the riverfront. they also have a no taxi girl policy, so popular with expats and tourists of both genders, a must for a fun night out.
try one of their cocktails in happy hour and get one free!!
It was better than the u.s I have never seen anything as great. awsome. you should go there. I think you would like it if you are older little kids wouldn't think it was that interesting but I think if you are older it would seem alot more interesting. If you are planning to go there you should go there around August it is alot more pretty and the weather is great. All I can say is that it was the best experience of my life.