- Published on Friday, 05 October 2012 17:55
- Written by Steve Vaile
BKK1 in Phnom Penh
The most sought after place to live for expats in Phnom Penh, is Boeung Keng Kang 1, mostly referred to as BKK1. The area lies between the Monivong and Norodom Boulevards, with the Independence Monument at its north east corner. This area of the city has a great many trees and is in better upkeep than the most parts of the city. The area has a concentration of visitor oriented businesses, higher end restaurants, spas, boutique stores, and the like. The northern end of BKK1 has many high end retail shops along Sihanouk Boulevard, and the next street south is “Golden Street” which has gained a reputation for its atmosphere and quality restaurants. My friends were attracted to BKK1 because it’s a “foreigner corner” of the city and gave them access to some of the things they missed from home, there are a few good mini marts selling imports and a full supermarket in the area. They also liked its location, away from the tourists of the riverside but friendly still and its central location makes it a short ride to any of the cities markets or attractions, the dance clubs frequented by foreigners are very close up street 51.
BKK1 also has a scene that seems less exploitative, most bars in BKK1 are not hostess bars and area has a reputation of being female-friendly and the best place in the city for young people to meet. My accommodation has been one of the rooftop rooms at One Up, the view from the rooftop looking south and west stretches across the BKK1 area. From the view BKK1 is notable greener than most of the city and there are many well-made and new mansions and apartment buildings dotting the skyline. Bkk1 could be missed on a short trip to Phnom Penh as it lies centrally located between many of the attractions, but missing Bkk1 might deprive you of the fullest and friendliest Phnom Penh experience.