Ultimate Guide to Buying Weed in Phnom Penh

Note: Buying drugs is dangerous and illegal in Cambodia. You might die. Do so at your own risk. For informational purposes only. [My lawyer told me to write this.]

Ok. Now that we got that out of the way we can go over how someone would hypothetically buy weed in Phnom Penh. It’s pretty piss easy. In fact, Phnom Penh is like the capital of marijuana in Southeast Asia. Seriously.

Cambodia Marijuana Laws

Well, Cambodia has laws in theory. However, no one really enforces these laws and I don’t even know what the punishment is for breaking them. I imagine it’s severe when they decide to enforce them. Fortunately, you can bribe the police like $5. Murder might cost like a few hundred USD. Not even joking. I honestly don’t know if any foreigner has ever been prosecuted for smoking weed in the history of Cambodia.

You literally see these places called Happy Pizza shops that sell happy pizza and happy shakes. We’ll get to these later. They aren’t legal, but no one enforces the laws. This makes them effectively legal.

Just don’t be out in the open about marijuana or smoke in public. Also, don’t take the weed into Vietnam or Thailand. You’ll either go to jail (Thailand) or have to pay a massive bribe or go to jail (Vietnam). It’s not worth it. You can easily buy weed in Vietnam. The border with Laos is a guard hut on an island, but still don’t smuggle drugs unless you’re Tony Montana. Mmmkay.

Marijuana Laws: 4/5 (effectively legal)

Where to Buy Marijuana in Phnom Penh?

marijuana pizza (1)

Alright. Buying marijuana in Phnom Penh is piss easy.

Go the Riverfront area and look around for some Happy Pizza stores. They literally cook pizza and sprinkle weed on the cheese. Sometimes this is mushrooms. The happy shakes are usually shrooms or other “happy” stuff.

Sprinkling weed on cheese pizza will still get you high as long as the cheese is hot. THC is fat soluble and cheese has plenty of fat.

Yeah science!

You can also ask the guy working there to sell you some weed. He’ll have a big ass bag of weed and give it to you for under $5. They don’t weigh it.

Pre rolled joints cost $1. Maybe more if you they think they can get more out of you.

Your tuk-tuk driver will also offer to sell you marijuana. Don’t buy it from him. It’s the same crap as the pizza places, but it’s much sketchier buying it on the street.

Ease of Buying: 5/5 (super easy)

Cost & Quality of Marijuana in Phnom Penh

All the stuff is Cambodian mass produced outdoor weed. It’s the equivalent of low level mids or dirt weed in the US. The good thing is that it is so cheap that you will get high on it. You just need to smoke a lot more.

Heading to Vietnam? Check out this article I wrote on getting Tinder dates in Ho Chi Minh City. Buying weed is also pretty easy in Ho Chi Minh City, check out the article.

cute tinder girl

Anyway, it looks a lot worse than it is. You can expect a lot of seeds and stems in the weed, but it still has THC and you will get high. It isn’t that hydroponic OG Purple Durple Kush that you find in Colorado. I was with some Greek guys and they smoked a joint and got knocked out. They might have been one hit queers though. Not sure.

As for price. It’s super cheap at like a $1 per gram. You should pay no more than $5 for a weed bag. The dealer probably buys this for less than a dollar. They don’t even weigh it.

Cost: 5/5 (super cheap)

Quality: 2/5 (pretty bad. Just smoke more until you get high)

Other Drugs in Phnom Penh

You’ll see the tuk-tuk guys offering to sell you cocaine and stuff. This isn’t actually cocaine. People don’t import cocaine into one of the poorest countries in the world.

Check out my article on meeting Vietnamese cougars by clicking here.

It is actually heroin. Snort this and you will die of a heart attack. Most of the “heart attack” deaths you read about in Cambodia are guys that bought “cocaine” and snorted it. Don’t buy cocaine.

You can find shrooms at the happy pizza places.

Every type of prescription drug is available without a prescription. Steroids, Viagra, Xanax, Vicodin, and so on. Consult your physician before using prescription drugs.

Meth and heroin are a big problem in Southeast Asia and very bad. Don’t do those drugs.

Marijuana in Phnom Penh: Final Verdict

Law Enforcement: 4/5 (A complete joke in the tourist areas. A bribe will cost you under $20… if they even stop you.)

Ease of Purchase: 5/5 (very easy. Go to any Happy Pizza restaurant or tuk-tuk driver)

Cost: 5/5 (cheap. About $1/gram)

Quality: 2/5 (bad. Lots of seeds and stems. It will get you high and at $1/gram… who cares?)

Final Score: 16/20 (80%). We got a mini-Amsterdam over here.


  1. Confucius said it best….
    “Your captcha isn’t working”

    The captcha is a representation of his way of thinking…Broken.

  2. OK Kiddies, here’s the scoop: Numero Uno – Alcohol is the drug that makes people stupid and lazy. And violent. That cellphone and all the apps were designed by the biggest potheads on the planet (along with coffee). Numero Two-o: Everything is always more expensive and risky in cities. That $20 bag of stems and seeds can be had for $5 in the countryside. I finally found some good buds after about 20 transactions over six months. Number Three: There is no good weed in Vietnam. The weed in Thailand was the best I’ve found so far. Going to Laos soon to try and find some Luang Prabang.

    1. That cellphone and all the apps were designed by the biggest potheads on the planet (along with coffee)

      No, they weren’t. That’s bullshit. It’s the same as saying that women can kick a guy’s butt because Wonder Woman did it on TV.

      Reality doesn’t line up with what you see on TV. Potheads are all losers in real life. Alcohol isn’t much better (I don’t recommend doing any drugs, including caffeine), but it’s not nearly as bad as marijuana.

      1. Some of my friends went to U.C. Berkeley, Stanford, U.C. Santa Cruz, U.C. Davis, San Jose State, San Francisco State, University of San Francisco, and UCLA. Some of them were (are) pioneers in computer and bio-tech. Without exception, they are potheads.

        Any physician will tell you that alcohol is a crude poison, kills brain and liver cells, and would be re-classified as a Schedule 1 drug along with heroin if it were done today. Marijuana is in the process of being removed from this classification, has been used for millennia without any known harmful effects, and has vast medical, nutritional, and fiber potential: https://www.scoop.it/topic/hemp-andcannabis,

        1. You’re falling for marijuana propaganda.

          Those guys in white labcoats… they’re lying to you. Just like they lied about cigarettes being healthy from the 1930s to 1950s. Most people are functionally retarded, so I don’t really blame you for falling for it.

          1. Nobody was “lying” to me; I was there. Are you calling me a liar? That’s the problem with you kids today; no context, no history, no life experience. But big talk on social media.

            Alcohol is the most dangerous drug in the history of mankind. It has caused more bad decisions, poor health, and violence than all other drugs combined. You can have your own opinion; but not your own facts: even if it is your own website.

            p.s.the Captcha is not working.

          2. Dude you obviously are a fool that repeats things they hear And not what they know…. happy pizza has weed still and you just insulted millions possibly a billion or more people by saying smoking weed makes you a loser…. so my grandpa is a loser cuz he needs cannabis for his glaucoma ??? Shame on you. People who take benzos like you are losers.

          3. Shame on you. People who take benzos like you are losers.

            I don’t do any drugs. Never done benzos in my life – people that do benzos are losers. The irony of your post, and this point in particular, is hilarious.

            And I don’t care about you shaming me because I’m not a faggot.

          4. Oh the irony, neo. You’ve got a lot to learn bro. Humble yourself. It’s not exactly hard to travel to Vietnam and fuck Asian girls, take yourself down a notch. Marijuana has been used as medicine for thousands of years and alcohol metabolizes as a poison. Google it.

  3. Having lived in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and now Vietnam for 25years, I’ve seen the ups and downs.

    Just after the coup in 1997, hard drugs esp. heroin was being sold openly at the Russian Market. Good quality ganja didn’t start appearing till around 2000. Before that it was real crap stuff.
    Ketamine was freely available at some pharmacies.
    I always remember Lucky Pharmacy as being the place where backpackers could get off their heads at $3 (bottle of ketamine).
    A bottle of Ketamine is $50+ in Bangkok these days, and it’s a GradeA under Thai law (Cocaine is only GradeB).

    I’ve never been a big fan of downers (except a spliff and beer) but I’ve been professionally prescribed Lorazapam on a few occasions (1-3month supplies) over the past few years, in Thailand.

    Noone likes having to meet a psychologist for an evaluation before being prescribed opiates.

    So, when I first arrived in Saigon HCM two years back, Xanax esp was so cheap and available that when I did need just a small pack, I bought them freely.

    Over the past few months, Min of Health has crackdown on distribution of opiates at pharmacies. A couple of pharmacies district 1 selling Xanax at about $3/1mg. Really expensive.

    As for my Lorazapam (slightly weaker than Xanax), I’ve been told twice. Only govt and private psychologists are allowed to prescribe now. Normal doctors cannot.
    This is the same as in Thailand.

    Pharmacies selling Xanax etc… here are now buying their stock online for import.

    And its gonna happen in Cambodia soon, sure

    1. Nope.
      Thailand and Cambodia has very different background. I mean, sure, their letters look alike, right?
      FUCK THAT.
      I can still get some DHC(dihydrocodeine) which doesn’t have ceiling effect like codeine, at basically any pharmacy.
      Ket is not something they sell to expats nowdays, but they still sell it to Khmers. If one has a Khmer friend, one can pretty easily buy it. But I don’t advise tourists/expats doing this.
      Valium(Zepam) is now 8$~9$ a box(used to be 7 or some shit), everything got bit expensive since the fucking Chinese money came in and lots of Chinese jackasses found out lots of ways to have ‘fun’ in Cambodia nowdays; they’re making their own Columbia down SEA just like USA did back in the 80s.
      But they are arresting ‘import dealers’ and heavy narcotic smuggling rings, especially a little bird told be that a big-time vape cartridge dealer got caught and ever since the vape cartridge in the town is basically dry. Not even the local expats who lives there bothers to touch them nowdays; the shut-down of Dirty Old Sailor was the starting round bell. Now most of the happy pizza places can’t sell happy pizza to expats because they are scared of police take-downs, although now it seems to be bit calmed down; the stupid white boys are keep googling the 1-year old data and think they could get some proper extra happy pizza. Doesn’t work like that. I guess they were too high to realize before they run to booking site and impulsively go to PP or SR to be frustrated with tuk-tuk weeds and few valiums; which, if they say generic name, they will try to say some shit like ‘this is valium 11.50$ for one’ which is a 10 pill strip, in some fancy pharmacy. Dumb ones will probably just take those when they could buy a 100 pill box of Valium with 8$. Also, highest dose conversion of benzo available is 2mg Lorazepam in blue, strange old-school style generic aluminum-like films that contain tablets, otherwise most pharmacy only has .5mg xanax and 10mg Valium.
      I stick with Valium, which most people doesn’t seem to know is that Valium gives better, balanced body high, which means you don’t fucking wander around with ‘anxiety-numb’ state like people do with xanax or lorazepam, which is very dangerous, obviously.
      Cambodia street, especially the ones without other tourists, is the worse place that you can wander around in night high on cerebral only-sedating benzos. If you take Valium, your body tells you how high you are and you can get a clue of how high you are at the moment so that you won’t take much dangerous actions(since you really can’t and won’t). TBH, xanax is too overrated; only dumbass millenials who listens to lil pump n shit, pops street-bought xanax bars, probably laced with research-chemical benzos and god fucking knows what. I guess they never learn from lil peep’s death and just says ‘RIP lil peep’ as a fucking meme.

      If anyone has some kind of decorum, they shouldn’t pop xanax at all. It’s much more dangerous than DHC imo, since it tricks you into thinking that you’re clear-headed but that’s not the case at all; the brain just disconnects with the fight-or-flight system, vmPFC, ACC, all the important brain area that are critical to decision making. At least with body high, you could consciously feel how impaired you are, so you could have some clue about how fucked you are.

      Back to the original story; Thailand is, and has been, strict on drugs for over 10 years, since they had too much expats coming in and fucking around the country. Now since they wisely taxed and gathered the money that ‘Whities’ brought there, they’re using it against them to behave; but as far as SEA goes, there will be some loopholes that often reinforces undesirable decisions and will get them caught and thrown in the one of the worst prison that privileged white fat loafs could get in. The condition in there breaks them so bad the locals really enjoy the show.

      But in case of Cambodia, there’s still no way of stopping poverty just yet. Chinese are pushing in with the money and ruining the beautiful beach and destroying the environment in Cambodia nowdays, so Cambodian government are trying to ‘contain’ the wild, stupid ones from openly smoking around like it’s an outlaw country or something. I just wish that ‘bros’ from US and Europe could use some decorum and behave accordingly to the local atmosphere. But since Cambodia has to live off their money, that’s all they’re doing; weeds and other hard drugs are still around, but not in a very ‘open and welcome’ way. Just gotta know some right time and place to buy them and be discrete.
      The tuk-tuk drivers doesn’t even bother with ‘splitting’ the bribe; I barely saw any cop doing rounds in districts in PP. They have better things to do that pays them much better. Basically, it is kinda like the Columbia in the late 70’s~early 80’s before Escobar, but much less impulsive. They’re mostly peaceful; and if gang of foreigners are breaking that peace, they have every right to stop them from doing it.

      Use your fucking head guys. Just get that tuk-tuk weed(don’t pay more than 20$ for that slim-ass bag, it’ll only last like 3 days for one people if you smoke a lot, since there’s mostly just seeds and stems), maybe get some codeine.
      I tried finding other opiates and Tramadol/DHC was the only option. They don’t even barely have Hydrocodone(Vicodin) or Oxycodone(Oxycontin), since there’s already heroin around and no Khmer would bother to take expensive and unknown pills while they can just smoke opium or china-white heroin; which brings to my mind, DO NOT BUY COKE. It’s 9/10 a heroin, and if you make lines and snort it up like a coke, you’ll OD for sure. Meth is not also something you would like to buy in a run-down countries in SEA; they are mostly Yaba; basically a SEA version of meth-stacy. It’s known to contain about 10~20% of meth(or just amphetamine, or dex, depending on how they got it), and mostly just mixed with caffeine and other bad-for-your-heart stuff. Don’t take drugs that contains what you don’t know.

      That’s all, I guess. It’ll be much harder to get happy pizza on the riverside nowdays, so do your research, maybe go there around dinner time, maybe you’ll get some, maybe you’ll not. It’s a fucking schrodinger’s pizza. Siem Reap on the other hand, is still fully operating on those happy pizzas. This is what you get for not having some decency and decorum when you visit third-world country and think you’ll be treated like noble beings. No. You’re going to get hustled.
      Hustle back. And always stay vigilant on streets.

  4. Toldly agree with neo you can even buy liquid ketamin in some pharmacy in cambodia… so vicodin ^^

  5. Coming to Thailand, India and Cambodia to do weed is an excellent reason to visit. I am impressed. What you do when at home? …Weed I suppose. Must be an exiting lifestyle.👍

    1. Don’t you drink beer or anything else everywhere you go, you idiot ? Maybe you need some weed to get a brain too.

  6. Thanks for information man I’m excited to head down to Cambodia especially when it’s my first time there and tbh I’m just excited for the weed doesnt matter with the grade as from where I live in is illegal but I have done weed in Thailand and India so Cambodia is new so getting information like this helps alot

    1. As he sips his coffee grown with chemicals from the phosphate industry and gives himself cancer before eating his food grown with the same phosphate chemicals and washes it down with his beer he drinks every time he goes to a knew country and while he’s at home…

      1. If something is bad, then you shouldn’t do it. Period.

        Some things are unavoidable, but why use something that is easily avoided? That’s like smoking 50 cigarettes because the air pollution is already bad.

  7. I was in Phnom Penh last month (early March, 2019) and went to the happy pizza restaurants. They no longer offer the weed topping one owner told me because the authorities closed down the three restaurants for two or three months. I’d been there the previous September when they were still making the clientele happy.

    1. Thanks for the info.

      I guess it just depends on how the bribe money is going out. They may also be closing them because of all the Chinese money coming into town (not likely, but possible).

  8. This is a bullshit article, you can not buy Vicodin or any other opiate based prescription drug, that’s Thailand. Second there are no shrooms here, again Thailand. Last but not least they’ve been cracking down on the happy pizza spots.

    1. lolwut? you can definitely buy Vicodin and opiate prescription drugs in Cambodia without a prescription. It might not be under the brand name, but they definitely have it.

      No shrooms in Cambodia?? Please. You’ve gotta be fucking kidding me. I’ve seen shrooms (and MDMA) for sale in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

      They crack down on the pizza places every year or two. They just make it look like they’re actually enforcing laws.

    2. I’m guessing you went to one pharmacy, asked for the brand name, then came back here to talk shit online. Opiates are readily available at many pharmacies in PP, just ask for the generic name (hydrocodone instead of vicodin, alprazolam instead of xanax, etc.). Also yes, shrooms are available.

      Having lived in both countries for an extended period of time, you’re way off base about which country these are available in. Thailand pharmacies are much more highly restrictive and most won’t allow the purchase of anything hard without a prescription. Cambodia just doesn’t care.

      1. Thailand is currently under a military dictatorship and has police that aren’t completely useless. It’s just not a place I’d want to get caught breaking the law.

    3. Mushrooms specifically cubensis grow out side all over the place in Thailand if you know where to look you’ll see them… just sayn

  9. Hey thanks a lot for this very useful information. I am going to Phnom Penh for the first time in a couple of weeks and wanted to know if you can smoke weed in your hotel room? Cheers!!

        1. Inside your hotel compound/room (unless they have a sign prohibiting it) or one of the happy pizza places/bars. They all pay bribes so the cops leave them alone.

          What you want to avoid doing is walking down the street puffing a joint or sitting on a bench smoking weed.

          1. Short answer: no.

            It’s illegal and they could easily narc on you and split the bribe with the cops. I haven’t heard of it happening in Cambodia (it happens in Laos and Thailand), but it’s still a risk.

          2. As far as I know in 2020, Happy Pizza is open for everyone. At my first try, go direct to Happy Paradise Pizza in riverside, ask for a pizza, chose happy topping. When waiting for pizza ready, I go direct inside at the counter, ask the lady: “Do you have anything to smoke”. She gave me a bag 2xcigarette box size $25. And Happy Pizza even available on Food Delivery App like FoodPanda :)) with 50% discount at certain hour.

      1. Hey Neo, I was reading your post about green. well, my uncle will be going to Phnom penh and want to ask if you know hydrophonic ones, he got eye problems and back in USA he gets it from the dispensary from LA

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