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Posted at: May 13, 2018, 2:34 AM; last updated: May 13, 2018, 2:34 AM (IST)

A nightout at Siem Reap

Go bar-hopping, get a foot massage with free beer or just tune in to lively music in this vibrant city
A nightout at Siem Reap

Saachi Dhillon

If you are looking for a holiday to satiate your love for history and culture, besides an opportunity to let your hair down, then  Cambodia’s Siem Reap is perfect for you. This vibrant city has something for everyone — from night markets and the buzzing Pub Street to Sok San Street. At night, the city lights up and brims with people and lively music. From bar-hopping to getting fish massages with a free beer and experiencing ice cream made right in front of your eyes, there’s plenty to choose from.

Angkor night market

Dried fruits, jewellery, cheap clothes, souvenirs, homewares, art, you’ll find everything in this bustling little market place. Exercise your bargaining skills. Go early and strike a good deal. 

Temple Bar

This is located right opposite the popular backpackers haunt, Angkor What? Bar on Pub Street. You would be able to hear its pulsating beats from a distance. It has an open façade, which lets you enjoy the street revelry as well. Usually packed to full, it is best to get a table  early. You can even shake a leg to  latest international tracks being played there. Later in the night, their dance floor is overflowing with people so don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing in the middle of the street with fellow travellers.

La Boulangerie café

If you carry on walking down Night Street road towards the main intersection, you will hit street number 7. A quaint café tucked away from the buzzing Pub Street, La Boulangerie is the best place to recuperate after a long day of visiting the temples. The staff is friendly, can help you with local information and you can lounge around there for as long as you want. 

Hill Street café

Located on the Sok San road, Hill Street Café has nice vibes and an array of Cambodian food at pocket friendly prices. It is great for a pleasant dinner time conversation, with bright lights and soft local music, setting the tone for the evening. Their spring rolls and seafood yellow glass noodles, Khmer style are a must have. Depending on the promotional offers running at the time, you may even get a free drink with your meal. This is also one of those few places where you can have a beer for only 50 cents!

Street sweets

For desserts, head to the intersection of Night Market Street and Sivatha Boulevard, close to Namaste India restaurant; and look out for a waffles vendor.  On Pub Street, try the freshly made hand-made ice cream. The vendor will whip up custom made smooth and creamy ice cream in front of you, complete with toppings and sauces of your choice.

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