Asia, Cambodia

Pub Street and Siem Reap Night Market

Asia Cambodia

We decided to visit the much talked about Pub Street. Luckily, it was walking distance from our hotel. Pub Street is a few blocks of various bars and restaurants. I had heard mixed reviews from friends who had visited before us.We ate dinner on Pub Street and it was the most expensive meal of our trip. We didn’t order anything fancy but I suppose Pub Street is catered towards tourists. After dinner, we walked up and down Pub Street to see what all the hype was about. I don’t have much to say about it because it was such a dumb tourist trap. It was filled with large groups of men, just walking up and down. There was loud music blasting from all directions. Locals were charging tourists 50 cents to take photos of cooked beetles and spiders. There really wasn’t much going on. Maybe I was there on an off night but Pub Street was not for me. We didn’t stay long and instead, wandered off to another night market that ended up being a lot more entertaining.

The circus that is Pub Street

In Cambodia, you can haggle with any shop owner. I was able to purchase many souvenirs and gifts for my friends and family. The market sold everything from clothing, jewelry, food and various trinkets. Cambodia uses the US dollar. I don’t think I purchased anything over $3 USD at the night market. I would recommend a quick visit here if you have a free night in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The locals were very friendly and they love to ask where you are from. It was great talking to them while browsing their shops. Ask your hotel for directions to the market. It was quite popular with tourists so you can’t miss it.

Lots of trinkets
Contributed by Sigournee Grano
Sigournee is the co-creator of Roaming Love. She is a travel enthusiast, photographer, writer and wife.