Walking Street becomes a special culture in Southeast Asia countries, however, each Walking Street in each county brings a different image. Vietnam is well-known with Ta Hien Street (Beer Street) in Hanoi, Tay Bui Vien Street in HCMC, Thailand with Soi Cowboy. How about the neighbor Cambodia? Let’s explore today with me – Pub Street – the walking street in Siem Reap nightlife. What’s exactly inside?
1. Where is Pub Street – Siem Reap nightlife?
Pub Street is located in the center of Siem Reap (Cambodia). There are many restaurants (both western food and local Khmer food), bars, massage shops, souvenir stores and especially, everything is cheap and reasonable. Most shops and bars are open all day but only really bustling from 5:00 PM to midnight.
2. What is inside Pub Street?
In other countries like Vietnam and Thailand, walking street or night market are only opened in the weekend, but in Cambodia, Pub Street and Angkor Night Market are busy everyday with hundreds of tourists. You should visit Siem Reap in dry season (from October to April) to have the best experience in here. (Read more about Good time to visit Siem Reap)
At Pub Street, all the vehicles will be banned from 7:00 PM in every day, after this hour, the street turned into a bustling nightlife city. The restaurants and bars started preparing their food, tables and chairs out on the sidewalks, the lights turned on, and the tourists gradually visit.
What is inside Pub Street? Here are some recommend I suggest you to experience:
#1 Enjoy local traditional Khmer food:
Those who first come to West Street will be overwhelmed and dazzled with many restaurants and eateries here. From restaurants selling Cambodian traditional Khmer food to Chinese, Indian, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese and even Western European restaurants.
Each restaurant has a variety of eye-catching decorations and advertisements, especially restaurants in Pub Street in Siem Reap have a clear list price for the menu, and for my experience, very less scams than the other countries (there is no scam I’ve pumped in for my 2 days in Siem Reap trip)
Coming to Pub Street, I mean this is Cambodia, trying some traditional local food is a must thing to do. In addition, Cambodian food is fresh and well cooked at a cheap price (2-5 USD for a meal) so try as many as you can :D.
Some local dishes you shouldn’t miss:
Also, don’t miss out Roller ice cream which is very common business here with so many many ice cream stand-stalls along Pub Street and other desserts.
#2 Go to some fun bars and enjoy Siem Reap nightlife:
Not too noisy and and high-volume EDM music like bars along the street at Bui Vien (HCM, Vietnam), bars in Siem Reap are somewhat softer, but equally fun.
Anyone who has set foot on Pub Street cannot ignore a fun bar, especially the Red Piano bar located at the beginning of the street, famous not only for its beautiful location but also for its delicious food and drinks. , as well as the polite attitude and good service of the staffs. The bar was once the Hollywood star Angelina Jolie, when filming the movie “Tomb Tombs” drank cocktails with the crew.
Although famous but drinks at Red Piano are not too expensive, visitors can sip Angkor beer, black coffee is only about 1 USD, only cocktail is 3 USD or more.
Besides Red Piano bar, you also can have fun at the 9 most bustling bars in Siem Reap. Hope this quick review can help to choose the best place for you.
#3 Take pictures with seasonal decorations in Pub Street:
Pub Street is brightly decorated by season. Sometimes is the umbrellas hanging in the air, sometimes is the elaborate and bright lanterns lining with so many colors which creates a very unique feature for Cambodian Siem Reap nightlife.
#4 Enjoy Siem Reap nightlife with cheap massage (body/foot)
At Pub Street, visitors are also attracted to many cheap and extremely comfortable massage services. It costs 2 USD for 30 minutes foot massages. Even though the local staffs cannot speak English very well but they always smile which made me very comfortable. It’s so relax to have a massage after walking and visiting Siem Reap city the whole day.
You can find a lot of massage shops with clear price list for each type of massage:
#5 Enjoy Siem Reap nightlife with fish massage
Not only cheap massage service for body or foot by local staffs, Siem Reap is also famous for foot massage service with small fish called Dr. Fish Massage. This is very fun experience I highly recommend you to try!
With this service, each group of about 2 to 3 people sit around the water tank and release the legs to let the fish clean the dead skin outside the foot surface. Price for 30 minutes massage is 3 USD per person. And you can find Fish massage shops easily along the walking street.
Yes! Fish Can Massage!
#6 Go shopping in Angkor Night Market near Pub Street – Siem Reap
Nearby Street Pub is a night market selling attractive souvenirs with all kinds of goods from clothes, handbags, accessories, jewelries (mostly silver), etc. This is an ideal shopping spot for visitors but pay attention to bargain! The staff will always ask you to pay double than the price they can accept.
Most of them is made in Cambodian with cheap prices and acceptable materials. Last time I bought a couple of wide pants (very popular in Cambodia with 5 USD – what a good deal!)
That is the nightlife in Siem Reap which you can experience in 1 night only. Hope my quick guideline can help you enjoy the Pub Street and explore Siem Reap nightlife with best experience.
If you are considering other things to do in Siem Reap, check out my 2 days in Siem Reap itinerary or refer one of the most popular activities when coming to Siem Reap: Catch Angkor Wat Sunrise – Visit Angkor Complex.