Distance: 5 km
Ultra-mod Tonle Bassac is Phnom Penh’s most upscale ‘hood—it’s even touted to be the next Marina Bay Sands of Cambodia. From expertly manicured parks to air-conditioned shopping malls, here’s how to spend a day in the city’s poshest neighbourhood.
A. Diamond Island Park
Vibrant man-made island, Koh Pich, is home to European townhouses shaded by towering skyscrapers, a replica of Arc de Triomphe, golf course and various other funfair. Take a stroll through to soak up the atmos.
Park Avenue, Koh Pich Street, Phnom Penh
B. DIB Club
Take a dip in DIB Club’s inviting pool that overlooks the Mekong River, and sit back with a refreshing smoothie, snack or local craft beers from the poolside bar.
Koh Pich Street, Phnom Penh, +855 (0)99 997 740, 10am to 10pm daily, maads.asia/dibclub
C. Sevensea Seafood Restaurant
Helmed by Cambodian master chef, Luu Meng, Sevensea serves classic seafood dishes with a contemporary twist—think Alaskan king crab, Boston lobster and juicy tiger prawns.
Almond Hotel, Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Phnom Penh, +855 77 801 777, 6am to 11pm daily,restaurant-sevensea.business.site
D. Aeon Mall
Cool off at Cambodia’s first ultra-modern shopping mall packed with international brands, a theatre and worldly dining options. Did we mention it’s air-conditioned?
132 Sothearos Boulevard, open 9am to 10pm daily, aeonmallphnompenh.com
E. Amboh Espadrille
Take home a local souvenir from Amboh. Made from Cambodia’s famed checked scarf—the krama—these colourful espadrilles will brighten up any outfit.
45 Street 21, +855 70 572 094, open Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm, Saturday from 2pm to 5.30pm, facebook.com/amboh.cambodia
F. Bassac Lane
This narrow alley springs to life at night with an eclectic collection of pop-up bars and low-key eateries. Come for live music on the weekends.
Off Street 308, open 5pm to 12am daily, facebook.com/bassaclanephnompenh/
G. Botanico Wine & Beer Garden
Take some respite in the shade of the leafy tropical gardens that house Botanico. Fans of craft beer will be in their element as it also doubles as the home of Cerevisia Craft Brewery.9b Street 29, +855 (0)77 943 135, open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 12am, Sunday from 9am to 6pm, cerevisiacraftbrewery.com
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Photo Credit: DIB Club