These can, however, make a nice change if you want to actually talk or be soundly beaten at Connect Four.
People compare Phnom Penh to Bangkok twenty years ago and there does seem to be some truth in that.
As a result of all this, the city attracts a mix of tourists (mostly backpackers but also many older people on group tours), low-budget expats (from guys on retirement to English teachers and NGO workers), small business owners and probably a few sex offenders.
I noticed it is particularly easy to meet other foreigners in Phnom Penh.
The conversation goes kind of like this, between two men clearly strangers.
The one I will call dirty old man #1 randomly approaches Dirty Old Man #2 and without introductions dives right into his questions about how to get “Boom-Boom” in Phnom Penh.