Siem Reap Pub Street in Cambodia

Bar Street Siem Reap
Pub Street or Bar Street in Siem Reap is located in the town area next to the Psar Chas (Old Market) and is the most popular entertainment and nightlife place here

Besides seeing the Angkor Wat and other beautiful places here, most of the tourists and travelers would end up here to experience the Cambodian party lifestyle.

Fortunately, I had my chance of hanging around town a few days since I spent five full days in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Pub Street or Bar Street at Siem Reap Town

Siem Reap Pub StreetThe Temple, one of the bars in 2009

Traveling to Pub Street or the main town in Siem Reap is very easy as there are hoards of Tuk Tuks or motodop (motorbike taxi with driver) around.

Taxis are widely available and from your guest house or hotel, you can simply ask the bell boy to arrange this for you.

Some of the Tuk Tuks can also be hired for US$10 to $15 per day where they will take you anywhere you want.

Siem Reap Funky Buddha
The Funky Buddha Bar at Pub Street
We simply hired a young Cambodian Motodop rider as he took us around for our entire stay in Siem Reap, which I highly recommend if you plan to move around a lot.

He was a tour guide in training and wanted to practice his sessions which turned out excellent as the local knowledge he had was priceless. His English was really good too.

And since his young age, he knew a lot about what we wanted to see and do. He would also tell us which places to go and which to avoid.

Siem Reap, Pub Street main road in 2009

Waking around Pub Street will be quite an adventure itself as the amount of entertainment available is endless. You name it, bars, pubs, cafes, restaurants and massage centers dominate the entire area.

I assume this is not for the family traveler and more for the single, couple or group travelers. Local Angkor Beer is cheap and the food selections there are pretty amazing.

So, when the sun comes down, you would see the entire tourist population hanging out at Pub Street downing some Angkor Beer or having some authentic Khmer Meals.

Siem Reap, Pub Street - Famous Bar called Angkor What?

The one place that started it all is not other than a bar called Angkor What?, who has been in operation since 1999 and is the pioneer bar in Pub Street.

The walls of this place are literally covered with graffiti from travelers around the world. This is also one of the favorite places for many travelers as they are listed in guide books and so on.

Also, most pubs and bars have 'happy hours' meaning cheaper beer before 8.00 pm. So, some places even offer Angkor Draft from as low as $0.50c per mug at Pub Street.

If you are a serious beer drinker, keep a look out for this, and it is so worth it.

Siem Reap Red Piano Bar
The famous Red Piano Bar at Pub Street
One special place that made Siem Reap extra famous was the Red Piano Guesthouse, Restaurant, and Bar located on Pub Street.

It is here at the Red Piano that Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie and her crew for the movie Tomb Raider made this place their official hangout while making the movie.

They even have her name plaque at the place where she sat in the Red Piano Bar and her picture on the menu with a cocktail named Tomb Raider.

I walked in saw the chair, took a look around but did not stay as I was in a hurry to get elsewhere. Just ask anybody in Siem Reap about Angelina Jolie, she is like a goddess there and highly worshipped.

After all, it was her and the movie that brought in, even more, tourists and visitors, making Siem Reap one of the bucket list places for any traveler.

Night photo of Pub Street Siem Reap
Night view of Pub Street
When night falls at Pub Street, the music gets louder and so do the locals, customers, and visitors here.

Bars, clubs, and restaurants are located next to each other serving food and drinks to the curious tourist who is walking around.

Some even hop from pub to pub having an Angkor Beer at every outlet. The decorations in each of the bars are amazingly beautiful, and creatively designed to impress consumers.

From the outside alone they already look very inviting and once inside, you see lovely sculptured paintings, statues of Buddha and many other Indochina related decorations.

Siem Reap Massage Price
Massage center menu
Massage Centers at Pub Street Siem Reap

If you had a long day exploring the vast Angkor Wat grounds, your legs should be killing you and what better way than to have an authentic traditional Cambodian massage in town.

At Pub Street, there are a number of massage and spa outlets catering to the tired traveler. You have one of the best choices of massages to choose from by simply walking around and checking prices.

The famous Khmer massage is one that you must try and of course, they have the many other types of massages from various parts of Indochina and also from around the world.

Choices include ancient Thai, Swedish, Shiatsu and a variety of other styles are available. Prices are dirt cheap too, so don't procrastinate when you are here.

The beauty of these massage places is that they are absolutely authentic unlike what you find in Thailand where they tend to try and offer you extra services.

Unfortunately, you will not be getting that in Siem Reap. At one of the massage centers which I tried, the offer was US$6.00 for an hour or US$10.00 for 2 hours.

If that is not cheap, then I do not know what is. I would recommend you give it a try in Siem Reap. I did, 4 days of it too.

Some of the beautiful decorations at one of the bars here
Pub Street also has many working girls so if you are a single traveler or a bunch of guys out to have fun, please be extremely cautious about the girls there.

The Cambodians have a severe law for foreigners who are caught with girls under the legal age, plus there are also many scams that you need to be aware of.

And drugs are always a huge problem with travelers, hence my advice is to keep away from any form of drugs, especially in Indochina where it is easily available.

The strict laws are very unforgiving, and I am sure you have heard horror stories of foreigners being caught with drugs and so on.

Bar decorations in Bar Street Siem Reap
One of the wall decorations here
What I really admire about Pub Street is the decorations in the outlets. None of them are poorly done and almost every outlet or bar I patronized, there was always something interesting to look at in awe.

I am not joking. The amount of effort put into these places is amazing, and I take my hat off to the locals for this.

Siem Reap Bar Street
Exploring Bar Street in Siem Reap
After a full day of exploring Siem Reap and Angkor Wat, the feeling of sitting down with a nice cold Angkor Beer and watching the people go by in Pub Street is a wonderful feeling.

Observing the area, I see many travelers just enjoying people-watching in the busiest street of Siem Reap and this is a common thing here.

Siem Reap Banana Leaf Restaurant
Banana Leaf Restaurant in Siem Reap
For food at Pub Street, there is a good variety available to suit your taste. There is authentic Khmer food, Indian Food, Tapas, and even Western dishes.

One unique place would be the Pizza joint which serves the 'happy herb pizza'. If you do not have a clue to what this is, go look it up.

They even have Halal Indian food there so for the Muslim travelers, not to worry. Also newly opened is a Tex Mex restaurant in Pub Street.

Prices range from around US$3.00 right up to splurge, so check the menu outside before you decide what you want. There is also a 24-hour convenience store in the area for you to buy snacks.

Please note that this article about the Siem Reap Pub Street was done in 2009, and many of the places may have closed or changed name or ownership. Prices have also since increased from the time of this writing.

Me taking a quick pose in one of the restaurants
Final Thoughts on Siem Reap Pub Street

Many people plan to visit Siem Reap as one of the must-visit destinations in Indochina, and when they are here, the number one place to visit is hands down the majestic temple of Angkor Wat.

While all the sightseeing is done in the day, most travelers would hang around the city of Siem Reap to relax, eat, drink and just hang out.

Overall, when you visit Siem Reap in Cambodia, it is hard not to find Pub Street and if you love some nightlife, this place is spot on perfect for you.

Personally, I enjoyed my stay here and visiting this area was a great Cambodian experience, especially if it is your first time in Siem Reap. 
Siem Reap Pub Street in Cambodia Siem Reap Pub Street in Cambodia Reviewed by Malaysia Asia on Wednesday, July 08, 2009 Rating: 5

8 comments:

EVo said...

I've been here before too dude. beer's really cheap wei, we had jugs of it, in day time.. pub street massage was just ok, maybe my masseuse wasn't very experienced haha.

Overall, a good experience. life there is total chillax..caters perfectly for angmos!

Stanley said...

Nice place! Its awesome that you get to travel to so many places. HAhaha i want to do that too!

David Jr said...

Evo, actually the message I had was excellento!! Beers will be beers bro! Any beer as long as it is beer.

Stan, it can be done! Just focus.....focus.... :)

Allie said...

Interesting! I would love to try out their massage too! :)

Shoufy said...

I guess you did not get to the alley behind Temple Club to the Giddy Gecko Shisha Lounge & Bar ?
A great place for a quiet party.

David Jr said...

Allie, you must!! Take 2 hours package, cheaper.

Shoufy, no I did not but on my next trip I will sure to look it up. Sounds back-lanish.... mmmm.

David

Sunil said...

beautiful place it's encouraging me to be there with next flight

sunil

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felinn said...

Hi

I'm felinn, just wonder if u hv any good tuk tuk driver in siem reap to recommend cos i'm going there end of tis mth Sept 09

Thank you

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