Discover the Charm of Tree Bar: A Gem in Phnom Penh’s Bassac Square

A stone’s throw from the tourist-beloved Bassac Lane, lies a new watering hole that’s quickly becoming a favorite among locals, expats, and travelers alike. Tree Bar, a relatively fresh face in the Bassac area, has carved a niche for itself with its unique blend of great food, music, and an eco-conscious ethos. In a conversation with owner of Tree Bar Vang Tour and partner Christian Mitchell, we uncover why this bar is a must-visit for anyone exploring the capital of Cambodia.

Tree Bar’s inception during the uncertain times of late 2021 stands as a testament to resilience and innovation. Vang said that the idea arose to build a new bar from scratch in 2021, when the founders saw a gap in the market for late night patrons to have somewhere to hang out within the Bassac area.

“The response since the beginning to now has been exceptional. I saw an opportunity to extend the Bassac experience by setting up on the outskirts of the street which hosts the famous lane. Since our success, we’ve now teamed up with over six other bars to launch Bassac Square nearby, and we probably couldn’t have timed it any better.”

Christian added, “We also got to celebrate the bar’s second anniversary in Bassac Square, which really marked our evolution from a small venture to a bustling hub for night owls seeking a friendly and vibrant atmosphere.”

More Than Just a Bar

What sets Tree Bar apart is its commitment to providing a memorable experience. Vang proudly shared that the diverse and amiable crowd of regulars and newcomers alike fuels their motivation to excel.

“We always believe in serving our guests with a smile. We always want our guests to leave satisfied and that for The Tree Bar is the highest priority and while we are around that will never change.

Christian added, “It’s this ethos that makes our Bar more than just a place to grab a drink—it’s a place where every visit is valued and every guest is treated like family.”

A Vision Rooted in Gratitude and Community

Expanding on his experience as an expat, Christians own journey is one of gratitude and love for Cambodia, a country that has welcomed him and allowed him to realize his dream. 

“Everyday I wake up in this amazing country and I always feel I’m lucky to be a part of such a place. From leaving the apartment everyday and seeing a smile from the first person you meet, seeing people genuinely caring while helping each other out on a daily basis and also being given the opportunity to do something I’ve always wanted to do. It really is a special place.”

Indeed, whether you’re a tourist looking to soak in the local nightlife or an expat seeking a slice of home, Tree Bar offers something for everyone. Its prime location in Bassac Square, it’s an ideal spot to unwind after a day of exploration.

Tom Starkey
Author: Tom Starkey

Tom Starkey is an International Development graduate from Sussex University with 12-years of experience across 4 continents, Tom's goal is that he wants to showcase his love for Cambodia, where he lives, works and now happily calls home.