Nightlife in Cambodia? Yeah, I didn’t think there was such a thing either… until my first Saturday night in Siem Reap.
So all you need to know about the nightlife in Siem Reap is that there’s this street called “Pub Street” and that’s where you need to be after dark. “Pub Street” is exactly what it sounds like. A street full of pubs. It’s loud, it’s cheap and it’s the most fun you’ll ever have. Have I convinced you yet?
Our G Adventures tour leader Ratha grew up in Siem Reap so had allll the local knowledge. Our tour style is called YOLO so he took us to this bar that was actually named YOLO BAR! We had $1 drinks (Oh yeah, that’s another thing, drinks are a $1…!), we played jenga and connect four, we danced and then we moved on. In Cambodia, every hour is happy hour if you’re with G Adventures (Hence the 2 for 1 cocktails at dinner that night to get us going).
We then headed to a nightclub named “Temple Bar” right in the centre of Pub Street. Cornelia, Lindsey and I danced on what was essentially the stage (a raised platform in the shape of a temple) for a long while and it was way more fun that any town experience I’d had in New Zealand. Everyone was wearing whatever they wanted, dancing however they wanted and it wasn’t about looking sexy or picking up girls. It was about dancing and having fun.
The next place we went was directly across the road and called “Angkor WHAT?”. The name alone was enough to get me in there. I’m a sucker for a good pun. The music was great, the people were great, the drinks were cheap and potent. What more could you want? After a while it got a bit warm so we went outside for some air… only to find that the whole party had moved into the street! The two bars had so many people in them that they had both spilled out onto the street. People were everywhere just drinking and dancing and having a ball. You could hear music blasting from both pubs at the same time so you could choose what to dance to. We spend the rest of the night (a good few hours) bouncing between the street and the clubs.
That Saturday night in Siem Reap I danced with people from Cambodia, Thailand, Canada, Australia, English, Finland, USA, Ireland, New Zealand, Holland and Switzerland (probably more than that actually, I can’t quite remember eeeeeveryone I met…). From the sunrise at Angkor Wat, the quad biking adventure at sunset and to the global dance party in the street until the early hours of the morning… it was one of the best days of my life.