The backpacker’s guide to the best bars, nightclubs and evening antics that you should be cramming into your Kampot itinerary.
The Kampot nightlife scene is a prime example of why you should never judge a book by its cover.
Many backpackers can be easily fooled…
The town gives the allure of being tranquil, serene and the ultimate place to chill out, which it certainly is. However, dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that this relaxed riverside gem also has a very strong nightlife game.
And dig a little deeper we will…
Having just returned from bar crawling my way around South East Asia, I am going piece together everything I can just about remember from my wondrous nightlife experiences in Kampot.
The one rooftop bar and two intimate riverside parties I rocked up at on the Friday and Saturday still send tingles down my spine. I will delve into how you can experience the same drunken fairytales later in this article.
Whether you’re looking to have a chilled one, a few cheeky sundowners or dance your socks off until sunrise, there’s a little something in the Kampot nightlife scene for all you scallywags.
So, all the way from the quite evenings to the all-nighters…
This is the break down of the best bars, clubs and nightlife antics that should be neatly slotted into your Kampot itinerary…
Kampot Nightlife’s Chilled Antics
BLISSFUL GUESTHOUSE – Quiz Night
As quiz nights go, the turn out and level of competition at the Blissful quiz is surprisingly hot. The IQ’s of Stephen Hawking and co. are yet to make an appearance but there are plenty of backpackers and locals that are ready to put your wits to the test.
It’s about time you call your new eye opening and brain broadening travel experiences into action…
The Blissful Guesthouse quiz is every Tuesday night at 8pm, a great place to blend in with the local scene.
Of course, no quiz night comes without its prize…
The winning team will be awarded with a liquid gold medal, the Blissful Guesthouse beer tower!
Quiz training tip – prior to the big quiz day, take advantage of the hoards of deliciously fresh seafood in Kampot, allegedly they say it’s good for the brain.
Do me proud.
ECRAN MOVIE HOUSE – Netflix & Chill
Hey now, we’ve all been there…
The endless drinking, partying and marauding from destination to destination can eventually leave us craving a night cuddled up for a good old fashioned movie night.
Forget jamming in your hostel bed trying to stream the latest flick…
The Ecran Movie House is the place to come for those who want a proper Netflix & chill session in Kampot.
The cinema has a thirty-seat room that shows movies every night and admission is only around $3.
You can rent your own private movie room anytime from 11am – 9pm (except Tuesdays). Your own little movie haven will be kitted out with futons, cushions and a 51” plasma screen.
Variety being the spice of life and all, you also get a catalogue of over 1,300 movies to choose from. Laugh yourself silly with a comedy, poo your panties over a horror or bend reality with a psychological thriller.
They also make some very mean noodles and dumplings in house, which shouldn’t be missed.
Feeling the vibe…
Grab some beers, a load of munchies and get yourself booked in. If you’re looking to herb a good time, smoking is only allowed in the private rooms.
Kampot Nightlife’s Best Rooftop Bars, Live Music & Sundown Spots
MAD MONKEY HOSTEL JUNGLE BAR – Sunset Seeker
Oh hot damn, this is my jam.
Thanks to it’s glorious positioning right on the river and coastline, Kampot plays host to some of the most funky sunsets you will ever have the pleasure of gazing at.
Now, if you’re looking for the best sunset in town…
There’s no better place to experience this than at Mad Monkey Hostel’s rooftop Jungle Bar. I sipped many beers on many different rooftop bars across South East Asia, and this one definitely stakes a claim for the number 1 spot.
The Jungle Bar is fully astro-turfed and glistens into the evening with a delicately arranged collection of fairy lights. From the rooftop you can see all the way across town, passed the river and over the mountains in the distance.
Session through those cheap and cheerful Angkor beers as the red glow of the sun effortlessly floats behind the silhouetted mountains of the horizon. Beautiful scenes.
If you’re in town on a Wednesday, and not already staying here, definitely drop by the Jungle Bar for the weekly rooftop Beer Pong tournament.
TANTREI – Sundown Serenades
Tantrei is one of the of the best live music spots in Kampot. They don’t just let any old Betty, Bill or Ben get up on stage, their some very talented musicians that will serenade your sensations as the sun goes down.
However, the owners Andy and Bel are both lovely. If the urge kicks in to take to the stage and get your Arctic Monkeys on, they will me more than happy to let you have a crack.
The bar itself is idyllically located on the rooftop of the guesthouse with exposed brick walls and a charming balcony.
I’d recommend getting down there early (tends to get quite busy) and score the big comfy couch in the corner before the other backpackers nestle their bums into it, hands down the best seat in the house!
OH NEIL’S IRISH BAR – Shamrock Family
What’s the difference between a good bar and a great bar?
Oh Neil’s answers that question, because the minute you walk through the doors you feel right at home. The owner, Neil the great, bends over backwards to make sure you feel a part of the family.
The crowd is a friendly blend of happy locals, regular drinkers and bypassing backpackers. All of who are muttering sweet nothings to each other in a variety of languages.
The decoration is certainly more tiki-style than old fashioned Irish, however the cabinet is fully stocked with the classic Irish whiskeys.
It’s located right on the riverfront and is a great place to sink a couple before heading out for some more moonlight madness.
Come and have a ‘craic’.
GREENHOUSE – Secret Garden
This spot is one of Kampot’s best-kept backpacker secrets. Live music at the Greenhouse is not as regular a feature as it should be, but if you happen to be in town for one of their events, get it in your diary.
It’s the most rogue of the sundowner live music options because it’s quite a way out of town and completely off the beaten track. However, you are going to be perched right on the riverfront and be welcomed not only by soft and sensual beats, but a view nothing but 100% homegrown untouched natural beauty.
Greenhouse is a sophisticatedly charming experience. Enjoy it if you can.
Right, it’s party time. We’re going from dusk till dawn…
Kampot Nightlife’s Best All-Night Parties
There are many bars and hostels that will keep the beer taps running until the early hours, but if it’s a real party you’re looking for…
This is where the Friday and Saturday night backpacker magic happens…
BANYAN TREE – Friday Feeling
Rebecca Black spoke the truth in her catchy yet disgraceful tune – ‘You gotta down on Friday!’
Yes you do, but certainly not to that song!
And when it comes to getting down in style on a Friday night in Kampot, there’s no best place than at the Banyan Tree. Magic happens here.
Banyan Tree hugs the riverbank just a short tuk-tuk ride outside of Kampot’s centre. All the backpackers who know what they are doing, will head here to dance their socks off all the way through Friday night.
There’s an intimate and fantastical atmosphere here, helped by the cheap drink and great music. Cambodia’s famous, Kampot Playboys, tend to take to the stage for some live music to kick off proceedings before locals, guests and other backpackers can spin their favourite music.
The terraced bar is illuminated with fairy lights and no shortage backpackers taking a late night dip in the river.
Words can only describe the joyous scenes, make sure you go and live the dream for yourselves.
NAGA HOUSE – Saturday Sorted
Those still reeling from the Friday festivities, dust off your dancing shoes, get a cocktail down you, it’s on like Donkey Kong again on Saturday night.
Once again, no need for any kind of decision making here. The only place to really party in Kampot on a Saturday night is at Naga House.
The fiesta is conveniently located next to Banyan Tree and also right on the banks of the Praek Tuek Chhu River.
There is always a lovely crowd of both locals and backpackers who groove the night away to all sorts of hip-hop, soul, reggae and techno revelations.
Naga House’s Happy Hour is from 4pm to 7pm if you want to get those pre drinks going early.
No shirt, no shoes, no problems at Naga House on Saturday nights. Do it.
How’s that hangover…
All of these bars, live-music spots and nightlife options are amazing and ethically sustainable establishments. Each of them will make sure you make the most of your backpacking adventure through Kampot.
If you’re head isn’t feeling too steam-rolled after the late night festivities, there is a whole load of wonderful local experiences that really shouldn’t be missed while in Kampot. Be sure to have a scroll through my “Things to do in Kampot”.
As always, please share the love and hope this article will guide you towards some epic alcohol fueled experiences in Kampot.
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