Siem Reap Pub Street in Cambodia


Pub Street or Bar Street
at Siem Reap Town


Siem Reap, Pub Street - The Buddha Lounge

Pub Street or Bar Street located in town area next to the Psar Chas (Old Market) is the most popular entertainment place in the entire Siem Reap. Besides seeing the Angkor Wat and other beautiful places here, most of the tourist and travelers would end up here to experience the Cambodian party lifestyle. Fortunately, I had my chance of hanging around here a few days since I spent 5 full days in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Siem Reap, Pub Street - The Temple

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, Pub Street - Funky Buddha

We simply hired a young Cambodian Motodop rider as he took us around for our entire stay. He was a tour guide in training and wanted to practice his sessions which turned out excellent as the 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

Waking around Pub Street will be quite an adventure itself as the amount of entertainment available is endless. I assume this is not for the family travel, more for the single, couple or group travelers. Local Angkor Beer is cheap and the food selections there are 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 place that started it all, Angkor What? who has been in operation for 10 years now is the pioneer in Pub Street. The walls of this place is literally covered with graffiti from travelers around the world. This is one of the favourite places for many travelers.

Also, most pubs and bars have 'happy hours' meaning cheaper beer before 8pm. So, some places even offer Angkor Draft from as low as $0.50c per mug at Pub Street. If you are a drinker, keep a look out for this.

Siem Reap, Pub Street - The Red Piano

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 Seim Reap about Angelina Jolie, she is like a goddess there.

Siem Reap, Pub Street - Night view

When night falls in Pub Street, the music gets louder and so do the holiday makers. Bars, clubs and restaurants are next to each other serving food and drinks to the curious tourist who are 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. From the outside alone they look inviting and once inside ,you see lovely sculptured paintings, statues of Buddha and many other Indochina related decorations.

Siem Reap, Pub Street - Massage center menu

If you had a long day exploring the vast Angkor Wat grounds, your legs should be killing you and what other way better than to have an authentic traditional 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. The famous Khmer massage is one you must try. Then they have the other types of massages from various parts of Indochina and the world. Ancient Thai, Swedish, Shiatsu and a variety of other styles are available. Prices are dirt cheap too!

The beauty about these massage places are that they are absolutely authentic unlike what you find at Thailand where they tend to try and offer you extra services. Not here, no sir. 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.

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 careful about the girls there. The Cambodians have a severe law for foreigners who are caught with girls under the legal age.

Siem Reap, Pub Street - Beautiful wall decorations

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 patronised, there was always something to look at in awe. I am not joking. The amount of effort put in to these places is amazing.

Siem Reap, Pub Street - Chilling out at one of the bars

After a full day of exploring Siem Reap and Angkor, the feeling of sitting down with a nice cold Angkor Beer and watching the people go by in Pub Street is a wonderful feeling. I see many travelers just enjoying the people watching in the busiest street of Siem Reap.

Siem Reap, Pub Street - Banana Leaf Restaurant

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 TexMex 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 convenient store in the area for you to buy snacks.

Siem Reap, Pub Street - Me posing in one of the restaurants

Overall, when you visit Siem Reap in Cambodia, it is hard not to find Pub Street. There are a number of new places around town too so one can explore out of Pub Street for other outlets. Personally, I enjoyed my stay and visiting this area was a great Cambodian experience.

A guide to eating and drinking in Pub Street

~ jrhogan

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