Christmas In Phnom Penh

Spending Christmas in an Asian country like Cambodia has its perks and its downfalls. For one, you escape months of the hype that the shops, media, tv and every friend or acquaintance you have is spreading thickly about Christmas. Early shopping, late shopping, food shopping, everything shopping! Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of shopping, but the months of hype is enough to turn you spare. On the flipside, spending it here you forget that its coming up and usually at the last minute you decide that you probably should do something for it – have lunch, dinner…have a tree? tinsel?

I have thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas cheer that is going around in Phnom Penh – from the giant inflatable santa that has been up outside our local convenience store for a month, to the giant snow-dome outside an apartment block to the Tiger Beer Christmas tree that is up in the local supermarket. Some places have gone all out for it despite the fact that its not a celebrated holiday here and everyone will be working as usual.

Finding a good spot to spend Christmas in Phnom Penh depends all upon what you want to experience. You could experience it like the Khmer’s and eat your bai sach ch’rook for lunch, have a guay teiow for lunch and then some ang sach kor for dinner with no discernible difference between any other day. Or you could collect your friends and family together for a Christmas lunch or dinner in Phnom Penh at a fancy restaurant or buffet and drink and eat until you are bursting. Below is a list of restaurants in Phnom Penh doing Christmas Lunches or dinners (or both) in 2013. Christmas lunch in Phnom Penh can be as expensive or as cheap as you will and there are lots of options for set meals or Christmas buffet’s. Take your pick!

Public House – 240 1/2 Alleyway, Phnom Penh
3 courses + house wine – $60

Raffles Hotel – Street 92, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh
Christmas Buffet + wine and beer – $110++
Christmas Buffet + unlimited Taittinger Brut Champagne – $150++

Hagar Catering – #44 Street 310, BKK1
Christmas Buffet – $17

Hagar Catering Christmas Menu

Hagar Catering Christmas Menu

Cambodiana Hotel – #313 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh
Christmas Eve Buffet + glass wine – $60++

FCC Phnom Penh – #277 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh
3 courses + glass sparkling wine –  $31.50

La Masion D’Ambre – #123 Street 110, Phnom Penh
5 courses – $38

Paddy Rice Irish Bar – #213 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh
2 courses – $19.50
3 courses + glass of wine – 22.50

Paddy Rice Irish Bar Menu

Paddy Rice Irish Bar Menu

Aussie XL – #205A Street 51, BKK1
Hot roast meal – $15.95

Sofitel Phokeethra – 26 Old August Site, Sothearos Blvd, Phnom Penh
Christmas buffet + free-flow beer & wine – $79++
Christmas buffet + free-flow champage – $99++

Sunway Hotel – #1 Street 92, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh
Christmas buffet + glass of beer or wine – $39++

Vans Restaurant – #5 Street 102, Phnom Penh
4 courses – $55

Intercontinental Hotel – #296 Mao Tse Toung Blvd, Phnom Penh
Christmas Buffet – $48++


Tepiu Menu

Tepiu Menu

Tepiu at Chinese House – #45 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh
Christmas Eve Set Menu + Digestif – $55

Comme A La Masion – #13-15 Street 57, BKK1
5 course set menu – $39

NagaWorld – Samdech Hun Sen
Festive Buffet – $38++
Le Gourmet 5 course Set Meal + bottle of wine – $110++
Bistro Romano set meal – $48++

Quinapenas – #14B Street 264, Phnom Penh
Set Menu + alcohol included – $75
Set Menu only – $45


Quitapenas Christmas Menu

Quitapenas Christmas Menu


No matter where you go or what you do, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas with friends and/or family and/or strangers!

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