Monday, January 21, 2008

Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Night Events

Phnom Penh, the capital city, is the wealthiest and most populous city in Cambodia. It is also the commercial, political and cultural hub of Cambodia and is home to more than one million of Cambodia's population of over 13 million people.

The majority of the shops and services in the central market of Phnom Penh close down pretty early. But there is a strip near the Tonle River where many tourists visit. It is a pretty happening spot with several restaurants and bars.

Raffles Hotel

For a more upscale night out own the town, visit the Raffles Hotel. It is an absolutely breathtaking establishment with a posh lounge frequented by the upscale travelers.

In addition to the beautiful hotel and bar, they also often have a buffet-style barbeque dinner on their lawn. Unfortunately, we didn't make the buffet, but the food looked (and smelled) delicious!

Don’t miss the famous Elephant Bar, where you can enjoy Femme Fatale, the cocktail named in honour of Jacqueline Kennedy; the Airavata, a cocktail of secret ingredients; or the Million Dollar Cocktail, which gained notoriety in Somerset Maugham's tale, The Letter.

Sipping a Singapore Sling... my fave!

You can sit and sip your drinks in a swanky bar, while smoking the finest cigars. For a few dollars your tuk-tuk driver will wait outside and socialize with the other drivers while you relax. Initially, I felt horrible leaving him to wait on us. However, I quickly came to realize he was very happy to have the job and an opportunity to make money.

So indulge and enjoy! But you might want to change out of your backpacker’s clothes before going. We just happened to the Elephant Bar after reading about it in our guide book, and did feel a little out of place with our hiking shoes on. However, that awkward feeling quickly disappeared after a couple fabulous drinks!

We lost track... I think it is the Airavata! Served with taro chips, delish!


Oh for the love of food! said...

Looks like you and Amit had a fantastic evening at the Raffles Hotel, Ashley. I wouldn't mind a Singapore Sling right about now. Have you been to Ho Chi Minh City? We'll be in S'pore and KL in April and might go by for a couple of days - I've heard the food and shopping is Heavenly. What's your take on it?

backpakker said...

You guys had a blast ..I like the singapore sling too :)

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