Exploring Pub Street in Siem Reap: 5 things to do in Cambodia’s tourist haven

Siem Reap, Cambodia is a popular destination worldwide for the greatest landmark in history, Angkor Wat. Because so many tourists flock here, Siem Reap has now a Pub Street. It's a backpacker's area, nightlife, and a shopping and eating district rolled into one. When you are looking for some down time after you've visited the ruins and the temples, well, this is where you and a thousand other tourists hang out. If you have been to Khao San in Bangkok, Pub Street is slowly creeping it's way to become like it. But is that a bad thing? I think in a way it brings more tourists to this place which translates to more money for the locals.

So if its your first time to go to Pub Street and seems to have no clue what to do there, here are 5 activities for you.

1. People watch

Pub Street, Foursquare.com

Pub Street, Foursquare.com

This is my favorite hobby. Sometimes I just want to sit down somewhere and observe what's happening around me. And what better place to do this than Pub Street? You have all the nationalities flocking to this area, all genders and ages. From a family of four to a group of friends, from solo backpackers to interracial couples, you'd see how people react and interact with each other. It's even funny how you'd get to know them just by looking at the way they dress or the way they figure out where to go.

Name:
Pub Street
Address:
Sivatha Rd., Siem Reap, Cambodia
HP:
Foursquare.com

2. Shop at the night market

Siem Reap Night Market, Foursquare.com

Siem Reap Night Market, Foursquare.com

It's cheap, if you know how to bargain and if you know a local who can do the bargaining for you. It's fun, you'd see a lot of new things that you probably haven't seen in other Asian countries. Plus, it's not only the dry goods that they sell in the market. They also sell local food and beer. So if you haven't had the stomach to try new food, this might be your chance.

Name:
Siem Reap Night Market
Address:
Siem Reap, Cambodia
HP:
Foursquare.com

3. Immerse yourself in reading material

New Leaf Café, Foursquare.com

You'd be surprised at the massive amount of English books in Siem Reap. But then again, it's a tourist place. Some of the tourists bring books and probably leave it or donate it to the second hand bookstores. There are two in the Pub Street area. One is New Leaf Cafe, the other one you would have to walk towards Sivatha Road from the Pub Street. But rest assured, most of the books are in great condition and are definitely cheaper.

Name:
New Leaf Café
Address:
Old Market area | 75 meters east of Old Market, behind Angkor Trade Centre., Siem Reap, Cambodia
HP:
Foursquare.com

4. Relax with a $10 massage

Lemongrass Garden Spa, Foursquare.com

Lemongrass Garden Spa, Foursquare.com

Lemongrass spa is perfect after a day's walk. I was in Siem Reap for twenty days and I made sure that I get to go to Lemongrass Spa at least every five days. Most especially if I went on a walking spree around the city. But why not? For only $10 I get to have a relaxing hour. Plus the staff are very professional.

Name:
Lemongrass Garden Spa
Address:
7 Sivatha Boulevard (near Pub St), Siem Reap, Cambodia
TEL:
+855 12 387 385
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

5. Eat, Drink, and be Merry

Pub Street, Foursquare.com

Pub Street, Foursquare.com

There is no better way to try Asian and Cambodian food than in Pub Street. You might not like the prices in the upscale restaurants, but I assure you, it won't be any fun if it isn't in Pub Street.

Name:
Pub Street
Address:
Sivatha Rd., Siem Reap, Cambodia
HP:
Foursquare.com

Conclusion

Pub Street is always alive and kicking any time of the day, any time of the year. Just make sure that you have your street smarts on, some tuktuk drivers will always try to get more dollars out of you if you look naive, though I'm not saying all drivers are the same. Some are really nice. Also, make sure that before you go off discovering on foot, you have checked the map online and you actually know where you're headed.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?