Cambodians are renowned for their warm nature and bounty of smiles. While it’s not because they spend their time stoned, some travellers like to get on the happy wavelength and incorporate some giggles into their holidays by indulging in one of the many marijuana pizzas on offer across the capital.
Signs for happy pizza dot the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh’s riverside and other tourist hotspots, and can leave some unwitting travellers confused. So, let’s set the record straight. Happy pizza is exactly what you think it is – a pizza topped with lashings of cannabis.
For those not into pizza, most restaurants are happy to lace other dishes with the plant, such as soup and pancakes. Prices for pizzas vary but usually sit between the $7 and $10 mark for a large offering.
Be warned that strengths vary from joint to joint – pardon the pun – so start off slow and give the weed time to work its magic before stuffing your face.
Despite these special pizza places studding the capital, don’t be tricked into thinking the drug is legal in Cambodia because it isn’t. Buying bags of grass from the tuk tuk drivers at riverside, who will hound you for a sale, has the potential to land you in a sobering spot of bother, with police demanding hefty fines or putting you behind bars.
Here, we detail some of the most popular places in Phnom Penh to spend the evening munching, giggling and munching some more.
Nestled on the bustling backpacker street, known as Street 172, Pink Elephant is another top option for stoners. Packing the weed on top of the pizza means that their options tend to be strong, so go steady. It also serves cheap beers to wash down your meal with.
Super friendly staff are waiting to help you get high at this pizza joint. With a range of pizzas on offer – all thin crust with oodles of toppings – staff are happy to throw on more herbs until you hit your desired high.
Boasting 20 toppings, this stalwart happy pizza place is a popular riverside haunt, attracting customers in their droves. As well as pizzas, the eatery offers sandwiches, burgers and other Asian dishes, which, of course, on request can include a sprinkling of the herb.
Regardless of whether you want to eat some herb or not, the pizzas at Happy Phnom Penh Pizza are well worth sampling, with the toppings overflowing. This place boasts great staff, who are happy to assist you with whatever needs you may have. A great place to spend the evening, watching the array of people strolling along the riverside pass by.
If you fancy the “happy” without the pizza, then Red Fox is the place to go, serving up strong spliffs with tobacco ($1) and without ($1.50). These must be smoked inside the venue and can only be ordered with a drink. The old-school place sits in the heart of the girly bar district on Street 136 – however, don’t let that put you off because the girls are super sweet. A newer bar opened on Street 172, near to Pink Elephant.