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Siem Reap nightlife

Siem Reap Pub Street 


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In the evening the nightlife center which is Pub Street at the old market looks a bit like Khao San Road in Bangkok but is much better organized, less chaotic and clean, why? Most of the places belong to western foreigners.

When this was built up the local Khmer people had other problems, no money to invest and actually no real interest. Looking back it was somehow a good thing because they were able to do a lot in terms of modern infrastructure locals would not do but is essential to keep the city moving compared to Thailand with their modern hit and run culture.  

Here is a quantum leap although not immidiately visible. Want to have some things to do with "home made" Siem Reap Angkor nightlife. The best adress for this is the Temple Club at Pub Street.
Visiting the old market at night in Siem Reap
Arriving in Siem Reap without major problems exept the long travel time and the ypical Khmer dinner is the next after checking in at the hotel. No need to take a taxi because the bus matches the travel time and stops right at the old market. To handle this take the afternoon bus at 2 pm at Bangkok’s Mo Chit Station because that one drives right through no need to change to another coach and not getting annoyed by the guys at the border who try to sell all kind of useless junk.

Only the visa and immigration which are at two different buildings it needs to handle because they try to cheat at the visa fee. Since the busses have large wheels the effect of the bad road won’t shake you through so badly and the dinner in a restaurant along Pub Street will compensate for the unpleasant travel experience beyond the border.
 
Cambodia is a very poor country where some groups of corrupt politicians absorb most money western taxpayer donate via UN and NGO’ which is visible everywhere. There is no need to look around at the border in Poipet, it’s just ugly. In the evening almost everyone is around Pub Street which has an atmosphere of a small town in southern France but much less expensive.
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  6. Pub street at evening
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  8. Pub street dinner
  9. Khmer dancer in action
  10. Khmer dancing at Pub Street
  11. old style apsara dancing
  12. apsara angkor

At night in temple club

In 1998 the "Angkor What" bar was the very first on Pub Street a lively nightspot and beer source with tourists graffiti on the walls. The place is well known and marked in any tourist guide which naturally brings customers, a nice beer source after an exhaustive day visiting temples and monuments, prices are as practically everywhere, except the big hotels, very "user friendly" for the visiting tourists.

In the evening the center which is Pub Street at the old market looks a bit like Khao San Road in Bangkok but is much better organized, less chaotic and clean, why? Most of the places belong to western foreigners. When this was built up the local Khmer people had other problems, no money to invest and actually no real interest. Looking back it was somehow a good thing because they were able to do a lot in terms of modern infrastructure locals would not do but is essential to keep the city moving compared to Thailand with their modern hit and run culture.  Here is a quantum leap although not immidiately visible. Want to have some things to do with "home made" Siem Reap Angkor nightlife.  The best adress for this is the Temple Club at Pub Street.

This club, restaurant and Khmer Apsara Dancing Show venue is highly recommended for a visit. It is a tastful nightclub and bar on street level and a restaurant with fantastic Khmer and Apsara dancing at the first floor. All performed very professionally with a skilled dance group plus a whole Cambodian style orchestra and the dont ask wether entrance fee nor cover charge I guess you know now where to go at night in Siem Reap.
Khmer Apsara Dance Show

Nightlife Show in Siem Reap
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Siem Reap is effectively the living quarter for the tourists visiting Angkor Wat and Thom plus the other monuments which are closed at 6 pm, all hotels and accommodations are in Siem Reap (the name means defeat the Siamese) since there was plenty of tensions, war and other hostilities in the past centuries. 

Nightlife is different compared to Thailand and Phnom Penh since there are no “girlie bars”, go-go clubs and other things to do with young women are well hidden. Lively pubs are around; see the pictures from Pub Street where the beat wobbles over the street there is a large choice satisfying various tastes. Karaoke bars are here as everywhere in the ASEAN region. We don’t name them because many come and go when you arrive ask in the hotel or guesthouse for a small free booklet from Canby Publication that is always top up to date and better than any internet info. 

It is somehow like Bangkok's Khao San Street but less chaotic, everyone has fun that's the most important, many places are owned by "western foreigners" that means less cheating although some still do it.

A great venue is the temple club on Pub Street with beautiful Khmer Girls performing Apsara Dancing this probably one of the most "user friendly" places in the local night business since it includes a restaurant upstairs with a free dinner show and slow motion dancing but also very fast native dances, Cambodians like it both ways, the fast stuff looks more contemporary. A absolute top notch attraction in Siem Reaps Nightlife since where you get anything for free with a great dinner show and normal prices in the restaurant which is upstairs.






The dancers are real good, not this "wishi-washi" First they run the slow motion show and after the fast one both with pleasant Khmer music in the back coming from a whole native orchestra, no computer playback, all natural organic. This place offers somehow universal nightlife where everything is integrated, dance show upstairs and bar, disco, club at street level.

Old style sexy Khmer dancing
That's the way it actually should be, check the pictures accessible through the link and don't forget the ads they are amazing informative.
Dinner at Pub Street
Siem Reap Photos
Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor Wat and since the monument and temple precinct is closed at 6 pm the question is what to do at night in this rather small city. Actually small but a thriving Khmer city in the north west of Cambodia every tourist visiting the country will pass here.

The city still has a variety of French colonial style buildings in the center around the Old Market it seems that everyone who is on a tour to Angkor come to this nightlife quarter of Siem Reap. The place is clean and functions perfect it is clearly visible that some foreign professionals are running the show not groups of amateurs as in Thailand. Close by is the small river and across more markets with plenty of consumer stuff and souvenir, jewelry and Buddha wall paintings, statues and many other things imported from China. It’s not so easy to find any native work anymore.

Although Siem Reap (which translates into “defeat of Siam” ) has a heritage stretching back long time it was only resurrected in recent years as an appanage to Angkor because the tourists need hotels and places to stay, the archeological park is  closed at sharp 6 pm.

At the old market area are dozens of alleys branching off from pub street with  stylish local and foreign restaurants offering plenty of food, prices are moderate it's similar to Thailand. 

This is in the center of town and busy day and night with many budget hotels, restaurants usually or dinner, shops, tour agents and countless shops. There are also several style French type cafe which serve already in the morning breakfast with fine croissants it is very convenient to take accommodation here since every needed can be reached within a couple of minutes.

Most lower priced hotels, restaurants, shops, travel agents and more are around here which means find a accommodation and everything is around within minutes.

The main trail through is Pub Street here are also most bars, restaurants and similar places. A refreshing picture is until now (2016) now US Junk Food such as KFC and Macdonalds is around yet on a relief not to see this "sugar dumplings" and all this other unnatural "fatty bum bum" around. I think soon "mother earth" will stop spinning since it gets to heavy.






Most people who did their Angkor Day Trip come here in the evening to enjoy a dinner in the tropical air. When hungry try the "Temple Balcony" restaurant means at the street level is a bar / club and a disco, at the upper floor food is available and fascinating Khmer Slow Motion Dancing is performed with a whole orchestra in the back.

It's a mixture with some folklore elements and old style Apsara Dancing, actually they do a great job. I wonder if you believe it but it's free of charge naturally you need to have some dinner here and enjoy the show. The dancing is done by beautiful Khmer Girls who look very pretty in their ancient style costumes. But there are no nightclubs, go-go and similar with girls around as in Phnom Penh and in Thailand.


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  12. Pub Street shopping at night