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Advisory: Homosexuality is not illegal and substantial statements for tolerance have been noted from high and respected authorities. Culturally, Cambodia is still conservative, straight or gay. Prostitution is illegal. Sexual activity with minors is a foolish transgression of Cambodian and international laws.

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Cambodia Listings by City:

PHNOM PENH | SIEM REAP / ANGKOR

Other cities and provinces are listed below...


General Information

    Once the heart of a magnificent kingdom that stretched from Vietnam through Thailand, Cambodia is home to a true world wonder -- the jungle-tangled ruins of Angkor and its complex of Hindu and Buddhist temples, palaces, and sanctuaries that, in its day, dwarfed any city in western civilization.

    Today, having survived centuries of war and strife, the land and its people are once again at peace and no tourist to the region should miss a chance to explore its historic relics and lush green countryside, home to unspoiled nature and unforgettable encounters.

    There's a vibrant emerging gay scene in the capital city, Phnom Penh, that should not be missed by travelers who are tired of the slick and predatory scenes that can be found elsewhere in the region. Cambodian gays are not oppressed by colonial law or anti-gay religious traditions, although many are pressured to get married and they enjoy their gay nature after work and before going home to their families. Expats have also contributed creative rainbow ventures that are more colorfully visible than the discreet Khmer scene. The younger, "Freshie" generation do not seem inclined to hide themselves or to view homosexuality too seriously. Bisexuality is common place. AIDS/HIV education is openly addressing sexual topics, introducing knowledge about homosexuality in a practical, rational way.

    Most young gays don't relate to the traditional slang term for transgender, tuey (from gateuy, the same term used in Thailand). Health educators prefer phatti bai (third sex), but drag queens have developed their own home-grown terms: bur (from the French beurre for butter) for "smooth as butter" feminine gays; mas for masculine gays; and buu (from table "pool") for bisexuals (who shoot their balls into all pockets).

    Almost all monetary transactions are in US dollars or Cambodia riel (do not accept ripped money as change because you will not be able to spend it or trade it). Traditional markets will take Thai baht. Most hotels, and some guesthouses and restaurants, accept credit cards. Cash advances on credit cards are available at banks. Moneychangers, found around markets, can exchange other denominations into US dollars. It is a good idea to carry small riel notes for moto (motorcycle taxi), tuk-tuks, snacks and small purchases. Try to use transportation known to your hotel as they are the same price as other drivers, but safer and often have mobile phones so you can call when you need to be picked up. Those working with gay-friendly hotels know the gay venues well.

  • Cambodians celebrate at their 2nd Annual GLBT Pride Party!

  • Cambodia Gay & Lesbian News Archive

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Articles and Publications

  • GNC Gay Map of Cambodia UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2015
      Gay play map of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap published by Gay News Cambodia. Pick it up at many of the popular gay venues.
  • Q UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2015
      Email. The Kingdom's first printed LGBT magazine, founded and edited by the remarkable Sorel Thongvan with articles and interviews in English and Khmer. Available at gay venues around the country.


Organizations


Travel Services

  • Asia Adventures UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2013
      578 Kampuchea Krom Blvd, +855 (0) 23 882 955, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly travel provider. Cycle the backroads of Cambodia plus Vietnam, Thailand and Laos. Immerse yourself in the local lifestyle. Sample delicious foods. Volunteer for community based projects. Witness breathtaking historical sites. Cruise the Mekong River and Tonle Sap Lake. They design tours to specification for individuals and groups, down to the smallest detail. Their carefully selected guides, drivers, facilities and services will assure you the adventure of a lifetime. Utopia Member Discount
  • Bons Voyages
      St 240, Phnom Penh, (855-23) 986-086, FAX (855-23) 427-352, email. A gay-and-lesbian-friendly travel agency established in Cambodia in 1996. They provide all services expected from a tour operator, with packages including Phnom Penh, Sambor Prey Kuk, Siem Reap/Angkor Wat and Beng Mealea.
  • Indochine Exploration UTOPIA VERIFIED JUN 2015
      092-650-096, email. Gay-friendly, responsible adventure tourism. If you are a fan of nature, meaningful cultural encounters, or exploring beyond the tourist surfice of things, this company offers consistantly remarkable insider access to Cambodia's wonders. Utopia Member Discount
  • Q Travel Cambodia UTOPIA VERIFIED JUN 2015
      +855 92-594-558, email. Gay-owned travel service offering fun tours of the historic temples of Angkor Wat and the Siem Reap area. They specialise in gay-friendly excursions that cater to the needs of LGBT travelers. If you want a detail-rich itinerary into Angkor's history, a more general overview, or just a cheerful introduction to Siem Reap's exciting nightlife, they provide it all. They welcome individuals, groups, couples and extended families. They will steer you away from tourist traps and toward remarkable memories of the real Cambodia that will last a lifetime.



Banlung (Ratanakiri)

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Battambang

General Information

    Cambodia's second largest town, Battambang, is a lovely heritage city on the Sangkar River. It's a town of Thai/Italian colonial architecture that sits in Cambodia's rice bowl. Not a gay mecca, yet many Khmer consider it a gay paradise in Cambodia because it is tolerant and easy-going. The countryside is astonishingly beautiful and rural areas around Battambang are home to photogenic traditional villages as well as some impressive Angkor-era ruins. It's a quick 3-hour ride from Siem Reap and a beautiful 5-8 hour boat ride across the Tonle Sap. Two hours east of Poi Pet at the Thai border. Most travelers miss it, but Utopians looking for peace, beauty and authenticity will want to pay a visit.


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Attractions

Ek Phnom, Battambang, Cambodia

    • Take a drive north of town, along the winding river and see: the old art deco Pepsi bottling plant, hundreds of beautifully decorated traditional Khmer wooden homes, and the Angkorian ruins of Ek Phnom (see photo above). Also you might like to try the 'bamboo train.' A pleasant experience. All the tuk-tuk drivers know the place.


Discos

    • Sky (mixed) UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2011
        Intense techno and R&B is interrupted every so often for 10 minutes of slow dancing (you can't be alone on the dance floor for this, even if it means grabbing a same sex partner, and many guys do). Busy from 10pm-1am.


Meeting Places

    • The park along the river between the old bridge and new bridge.
    • Promenade along the river near the Old Market in the evening. UTOPIAN VERIFIED JAN 2012

      Comments from Utopians:

      "When in Battambang, one way to contact gay men is through smart phone appns like Planet Romeo, Grindr, and Jack'd." -- Traveller123, Jan 7, 2015


Restaurants and Cafes

    • Champey Garden Restaurant
        +85599699996, email. Gay-friendly Khmer-Thai restaurant in Battambang town. Romantic and comfortable. Fast service, cool beer, good eats at reasonable prices.
    • Khmer Delight Restaurant (Asian and European)
        012-671-911. One block west of the main market, three blocks north of the river (a block towards the river from the Gecko Café). Super friendly, centrally located, and rainbow-managed.


Saunas and Fitness for Men

      Comments from Utopians:

      "Khmemara Hotel sauna has ceased to be a popular sauna for Battambang's male crowd. Its standard of cleanliness has lowered. It has been overtaken by three other newer (and bigger) saunas - Songkae, Omega, and Classy. Even though we have these saunas in Battambang, none can be called a gay sauna., so be discreet." -- Traveller123, Jan 7, 2015



Kampot

General Information

    Kampot is located in the southernmost tip of Cambodia. The city is a few kilometers from the Gulf of Thailand. Kampot is well-known for its black pepper, durian and fish sauce.


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Discos

      Comments from Utopians:

      "At Dragon Club disco, local gays go there to make friends. It's at Riverside Rd, near the new bridge in Krong Kampot, 088-896-9258. Mixed visitors, but on weekends there are many local gays." -- Marcel, Jan 16, 2015



Kep

General Information

    Kep is located on the ocean at Cambodia's southern border with Vietnam. A former seaside playground for wealthy French and Cambodians, it is now returning to popularity with recent development and investment. There is a large national park here, bountiful seafood, and island of Koh Thonsay is a short boat ride away.


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Kratie

General Information

    Kratie is the capital of Kratie Province and lies on the banks of the Mekong River. The river's Irrawaddy dolphins are the main tourism attraction here. With a population around 15,000 people, there are 500+ Utopians in the city.


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PHNOM PENH -- area code (855-23)




SIEM REAP / ANGKOR -- Area Code (855-63)




Sihanoukville -- Area Code (855-34)

General Information

    Population is over 60,000 (that's about 2,500 Utopians).


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Bars and Clubs

      Comments from Utopians:

      "Having just returned from Sihanoukville I can confirm there are now no gay-only establishments in the town. Pink and Purple is now trading under another name and there are no signs for Tom's Bar at all on Mithona St. I asked as well and several people said Tom's was no longer around." -- Mark W. Feb 18, 2015


Discos

    • LV (mixed)
        Gay friendly disco.


Meeting Places

      In Sihanoukville, you will easily meet new friends on the beaches and in cafés and restaurants in the town.

    • Otress Beach. Go to the far left end (as you face the sea) and you may find some nice cruising.


Restaurants and Cafes

    • Seafood Terrace
        The Coolabah Resort, 14 Mithona St Ochheuteal Beach Rd , 017-678-218. Gay and lesbian-friendly fresh seafood restaurant. A wide selection for all tastes including delicious Aussie steaks and home made Aussie meat pies, plus a good wine selection.



Sisophon (Banteay Meanchey)

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