Phnom Penh is a city on the rise that is loaded with contradictions. It still straddles the divide on many things including the adult entertainment industry. Whatever the official laws may be in the country in practice numerous venues sell sexual services or at least use sexual appeal to attract customers. At the same time outrage is occasionally unleashed when a place that long operated in public view is “found out” for whatever reason. Khmer Angkor Barbershop is not a sex shop but it does staff some sexy ladies that may give one the opposite idea.
Some may wonder why I would write about a barbershop on a website like this. I aim to cover the adult entertainment industry in full and if I can enlighten or dispel some myths along the way that is just a bonus. This is nothing new. I wrote about a lingerie barbershop in the US many years ago and I have covered some of the bologna bopping barbershops in Saigon in full detail.
Located on Street 294 not far from the Independence Monument the Khmer Angkor Barbershop is one of the many places for guys to get a haircut in Phnom Penh. At the same time it looks perhaps a little more upscale than a lot of the competition as it is located in a multilevel villa and surrounded with a gate.
All the basic services are available that one would expect for a reasonable price. On the ground floor just past the lobby there is a small barbershop area with several seats and at least two barbers on hand. There a haircut runs a reasonable three dollars.
In order to get to that barber area customer first have to pass through the lobby which is lined with couches and aquariums and at times loaded with some very attractive women.
The gals tend to be fit and curvy women in their twenties. They wear uniforms consisting of short tight skirts and low cut tops that reveal a lot of cleavage. As you might expect their hair and makeup is also impeccable.
The number of women on staff at Khmer Angkor varies all the time. There are usually quite a few ladies working but at times the number dwindle to just a handful. Apparently this has something to do with a recent decline in customers and maybe something more. The first part would at least make sense as the younger K-Pop influenced generation of locals looks as if they get their hair done at beauty salons rather than barbershops.
As mentioned the ladies do not offer sexual services though they do offer many other things in the private VIP quarters upstairs for a fee. There in air conditioned suites with barber chairs and massage tables they can do everything from cut nails to shave a customer. Many also offer things like full body massage though it doesn’t ever seem to get naughty. At most there might be some flirtation or a customer might get a hug or something similar.
So the place is a barbershop as it says it is in this case even if it is staffed by some very beautiful women. Looks can be deceiving in southeast Asia and that goes both ways. Just look at Le Duyen 4!
Khmer Angkor Barbershop, Street 294, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Open every day from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. Click here for a map.