The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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As the capital and financial center of the country, Phnom Penh has some of the finest hotels Cambodia has to offer. We especially love the many stylish gay-friendly boutique hotels that can be found across the city center, many of which are gay-owned, gay-managed, or exclusively open to gay guests. There are also classically grand 5-star options for those who like some old-fashioned luxury, especially near the river.
Gay visitors to Phnom Penh should not have any issues booking accommodation. You may have to specify you want a double instead of a twin room, but this is unlikely to raise any eyebrows.
It’s worth noting that there are no legal equality laws for LGBT people in Cambodia and gay marriage is not yet legal, however, there is also no widespread cultural hostility against homosexuality.
The northern part of town near the Royal Palace is ideal for sightseeing and it’s where most of the gay nightlife is concentrated, while further south, the business district of BKK1 (Boeung Keng Kang 1) has all the best restaurants and shops.
Arthur&Paul is one of the two men-only gay hotels in Phnom Penh. Set in a beautiful renovated 1930’s building, it features an extremely sleek and stylish minimalist aesthetic, with a soothing monochrome palette and contemporary interiors. All the rooms are spacious and well-designed. The large chlorine-free swimming pool is gorgeous, surrounded by chic loungers and tropical gardens. There is an in-house sauna with jacuzzi, open showers, steam room, private rooms, and massage services. The hotel is located in fashionable Boeung Keng Kang 1, which is about a half-hour walk or 10-minute tuk-tuk ride from the main grouping of gay bars and clubs downtown. Arthur&Paul is one of the most booked gay hotels in Phnom Penh.
Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra is located in the charming Old French Quarter, blending in wonderfully with its luxurious French colonial style. Rooms feature elegant dark hardwood furnishings and Sofitel’s exceptionally comfortable signature beds – go for one of the rooms with Club Millésime access for extra perks like daily breakfast and evening cocktails. The hotel has four exceptional restaurants spanning French, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese cuisine, two bars, and a cigar lounge. There is a well-equipped gym inside the spa, but fitness fanatics will love the attached Phokeethra Sports Club, a state-of-the-art facility with a wide range of classes and courts. Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra is one of the most booked luxury gay hotels in Phnom Penh.
This sprawling complex by the Mekong river includes Cambodia’s most famous casino and a fabulous hotel, as well as a dizzying array of bars, restaurants, clubs, and shops. The hotel blends old-fashioned luxury with modern, recently renovated rooms that keep everything looking and feeling fresh. Every room has colorful, pretty decor and floor-to-ceiling windows, many with beautiful river views. There is a good gym with a varied range of equipment and a gorgeous rooftop swimming pool where you can watch the sun go down with a drink in hand. There is more than enough to keep you entertained without ever having to leave the resort, but the gay bars and clubs are about a 5-minute tuk-tuk ride away when you want them.
This popular gay-friendly Phnom Penh hotel stands out thanks to its awesome rooftop pool, surrounded by Balinese beds and providing an incomparable view of the city. The hotel features traditional Khmer decor throughout, with rich dark wood and intricate furnishings. The rooms are spacious even for local standards, and all include a small private balcony and separate bath and shower. The on-site restaurant serves excellent Southeast Asian food, and breakfast is especially delicious. The hotel is perfectly located for sightseeing and gay nightlife, with several landmarks and gay bars within easy walking distance.
This hotel features unique contemporary design throughout the property. The rooms are colorful and fun, with dynamic layouts in tones of bright orange and grey. The suites have a more understated minimalist feel, offering panoramic corner views of the city and plenty of living space. The hotel’s highlight is the rooftop swimming pool and its adjacent Skybar. There is also a trendy gastro pub that serves top-notch food and a swanky cocktail lounge with live entertainment. The gym is pleasant, with sweeping city views, and the spa is also excellent. Popular gay hangout Space Hair Salon & Bar is literally across the street.
Home Chic Hotel is located a short walk from the Independence Monument, Central Market, and Wat Phnom, with most gay nightlife spots within a short tuk-tuk ride. It offers simple, clean, and comfortable rooms within minimalist colors and furnishings. The outdoor swimming pool is large and pleasant – get there early to snag one of the loungers that sit inside the water. There is a varied and delicious breakfast buffet, and the all-day restaurant serves tasty Cambodian and Western dishes. The staff are exceptionally friendly and attentive and will help you with anything you need for your trip.
Casa Villa is a gay-owned boutique hotel, recently opened near the Independence Monument. Peaceful gardens filled with greenery and stone accents are complemented by warm, modern interiors with textures of pale wood, exposed brick, and wicker. All the rooms are spacious and extremely comfortable, with the suites and apartments offering even more space and, in the latter case, a well-equipped kitchen. The two-bedroom apartment is great for groups of four. There is a nice outdoor pool and dining area, surrounded by quiet tropical gardens. The main grouping of gay bars in the north of town is about 20 minutes away on foot.
This charming gay-managed boutique hotel benefits from an incredible location: close to the riverside, a stone’s throw from the Royal Palace, just next door to long-standing gay institution Blue Chilli, and about a 5-minute walk to late-night clubbing in Heart of Darkness. The hotel is built around a beautifully leafy central courtyard that ensures every room is bright and pleasant. The beds are super comfortable, and the interiors are stylish yet understated. Every stay includes a tasty free breakfast in the lovely terrace cafe with Cambodian, American, and Continental options, and guests also have complimentary access to the hotel’s fleet of bicycles.
Located in the upscale BKK1 area of town, Rambutan Resort is one of the two men-only gay hotels in Phnom Penh. It has a relaxing yet fun feel, with simple contemporary design highlighted by Asian-inspired art, textiles, and furnishings. All the rooms are modern and comfortable – the huge double beds are a real treat. Upgrade to a Deluxe Room for a balcony with a decadent stone terrazzo bathtub, or splash out on the beautiful Penthouse Suite, which comes with your own private rooftop terrace. The resort features a spa and a saltwater pool with waterfall, surrounded by loungers, cozy nooks, tropical trees, and a pool bar. The on-site restaurant is stylish and very high-quality, offering a delicious range of Western and Khmer specialties. Rambutan Resort is one of the most booked gay hotels in Phnom Penh.