Siem Reap Nightlife

Siem Reap at night around Pub Street.

Siem Reap is Angkor Wat plus Hotels & Food.

Its almost 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 its just low level trash from China similar to Patong night market in Bangkok.

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

In the evening the center which is Pub Street around the old market looks a bit like Khao San Road in Bangkok but is much better organized less chaotic and quite clean why? Most of the places belong to western foreigners. When this was built up the local Khmer people had other problems such as 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 this is a quantum leap although not immediately visible. Also the Khmer are more civilized than Thai it"s a much higher cultural level. The difference is in Cambodia it appears that adults run the show in Thailand it"s a bunch of chaotic kids.

What to see in Siem Reap.

Thinking about Siem Reap it always has something to do with Angkor Wat and Thom. But with some imagination it could also be a Mediterranean village somewhere at the Cote Azure in France with much lower prices. The fact that the tourist need a place to stay with a good infrastructure such as hotels, markets, restaurant, shopping and some nightlife in the evening and that is the function of Siem Reap since the Archeological Park of Angkor is closed at around 6 pm.

Actually, there is not much to do and see in this small city just sit down somewhere at the Old Market maybe in Pub Street and relax. See a pretty place and enjoy a tropical flair plus the warm evening breezes moving in from the hills and chat about your tour adventure in Angkor today. There are some night markets to see on the other side of the channel but most goods there are imported from China means not much interested there is a smaller night market close to pub street. Want to see a Cambodian City in transition between old and new that is Siem ReapThe airport has a reason and that is to bypass the extremely lousy road coming from Bangkok and the other one to Phnom Penh. If they would ever manage to make this two roads reasonable it would be much easier to travel from Bangkok or Phnom Penh by bus or boat quickly (the bad part is on the Cambodian side on the Thai parts its excellent.

But there is a catch as usual in this parts of the world, people say that certain airlines, in particular, Bangkok Air is motivating people to keep the road in a very bad condition to get the tourist into their aircraft and not using the bus. Actually since Air Asia also fly these routing prices have come down substantially. Well, that's exactly the situation continuously; the street is so bad now that about half way it only is a better dirt road. I went from Phnom Penh to Bangkok some time and it took us around 18 hours on the bus because of the road conditions (early 2017)

From Bangkok to Siem Reap it was around 8 hours a view weeks ago. Anyway if you want to do it the quick way use the aircraft. Since there are a couple of airlines now on both routes the prices came down the prices were as usual manipulated by Bangkok Air. Don't use an aircraft of Bangkok Air they are the real price pusher in the region just after the foreigner.s money. From Siem Reap to Phnom Penh is the only domestic routing. The airport at Siem Reap is just between Siem Reap city and Angkor Wat the road passes right in front..

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat Airport.