Trying to Find Mushrooms in Phnom Penh | Drug Scene
I was never much of a druggie (since I don’t consider weed a drug) but have done mushrooms a few times.
I wanted to try them again but had a much harder time finding that particular drug in Phnom Penh than I imagined. I was offered damn near everything except for mushrooms.
In Sihanoukville at the happy pizza and happy shake shops you see all over the place the ‘happy’ part can be made with weed or mushrooms.
I have always assumed that was the same here in Phnom Penh but that isn’t the case at all. I think the majority of the ‘coke’ and ‘heroin’ that you get here is either fake or has been stepped on 100 times.
From my experiences you can add mushrooms to the list.
The One ‘Hook Up’ I Had
I asked on a Cambodia expat forum that I used to post on a lot where to find mushroom shakes in Phnom Penh. I got two replies, one was about a place from 2010, another sounded like a legit hook up.
I go to the legit hook up who is a bar owner, he isn’t there the first time I stop by but is the second. He is alone in the bar so it is a good approach spot (of a different kind) and I explain someone told me maybe he could help me out.
I don’t know if he was just paranoid that a stranger was asking about this or what but he pleaded complete ignorance. Even worse, he couldn’t even give me a lead.
So I left and had that place from 2010 to try, plus a couple of mushroom pizza places, but first I wanted to try somewhere else.
Weed in Phnom Penh
Finding marijuana is extremely easy. Any tuktuk driver calls it that and can get it for you easily. You don’t need to worry about them setting you up (unless maybe you are buying pounds of it.)
But if you want to just go to a bar where you can buy some pre rolled joints for $1.50 a piece head to Red Fox on Street 136. That is the same street as the main girly bar area, but there aren’t girls working here.
You can smell the weed as you walk up to the place and there are always people in there puffing on joints every day. I saw it, definitely shwag, but the price is right.
There is also a tuk tuk driver that works out front every day who can get ‘the good stuff’ according to some guys in the bar, but I can’t confirm. So I asked them about magic mushrooms and the barmaid told me to go down the hall and take a left.
Hmmm, that is odd, but maybe the owner had an office back there and he didn’t like the mushroom stuff being done out in the open. Or….. she thought I asked for the washroom and pointed me towards it.
I asked every person in the place if they had any idea where to get mushrooms and the best idea I was given was to go to Snooky. That is a long ride that I am not taking.
I gave the happy pizza places a shot and they only had weed. Then I asked a guy who works at a restaurant that I have been eating at daily and he told me of a place where I could go.
The ‘Hampsterdam’ of Phnom Penh
Apparently there is a place called ‘Lakeside’ that is sketchy as ish where you can get all kinds of drugs. Was warned it is a really nasty place and not to pull out my phone or carry any cash there.
It was already kind of late so I decided I would go the next day. Then I walked back past 136 to see if any cute girls were out and on my way I past this drug dealer who always sits on the riverside and has offered me weed 10 nights in a row.
I ask about mushrooms and he said he couldn’t get, or if he could they would be crap. Gotta respect his honesty. Then I see another guy who was trying to sell me weed the night before, younger kid who cracked jokes and seemed like a cool guy.
He says ya he can get me mushrooms, $20 for 1 mushroom and it might take 5 of them to trip. Fwiw the few times anyone Cambodian talked about them they always would say ‘1 mushroom’ or ‘2 mushrooms’ not by grams or 1/8th’s. It was always clear they didn’t know what they were talking about.
Then this kid said 50 for a gram which is like 5 or 6x the price in the US. Eventually he comes down to 20 for 1.5 grams and tells me to wait.
10 minutes later he comes back (I actually followed him to make sure there is no sketchy ish going on, and obv didn’t front him the 20) and tells me to follow him.
He leads me to some dark alley and I am watching my back the whole time, then checking out the alley before I go in but its clear. He gives me a bag with 5 white mushroom heads that are big, round, wet, and extremely fresh with no stems.
Within 1 second of looking at them I know these are like shitake or morelle or something like that and walk out of the alley. I also notice he just tosses them on the ground, nice try kid.
He tries to beg for 1 more chance to find real ones and I say no thanks. No way in hell am I eating any mushroom this kid could bring me.
Giving Up on Finding Mushrooms in Phnom Penh
At this point I gave up. I asked 20+ people and nobody had a clue. Going to the Hampsterdam area of town and trusting some random meth head to get legit mushrooms doesn’t seem wise.
If you want drugs in Phnom Penh you can easily find crap weed, and good weed might be around somewhere. Don’t expect High Times level stuff of course.
There is a lot of ‘ice’ around, highly doubt Jessie has moved over here to make any blue stuff though. The heroin and coke are likely to be fake or 1% pure, and mushrooms are non existent.
Avoid Coke in Cambodia
On a serious note be careful buying cocaine in Cambodia. Like the mushroom guy who tried to scam me, a lot of drug dealers will scam you and sell you white heroin instead, or ‘China White’.
In this part of Asia (Golden triangle) white heroin is easier to find for the dealer than Coke, and cheaper, and looks like coke since it’s not brown like heroin in the West.
So he sells you that at a tidy profit, you snort a cocaine sized does which is lethal by heroin standards. Tourists die all the time in Cambodia like that, here’s an example. Then police often rule it a ‘heart attack’ to not affect tourism.
Don’t do ice or meth (also called ‘shabu’ Cambodia) either, it sucks.