A hop.. a skip.. and a pub
A hop – a skip – and a pub… That is exactly what street hopping in Cambodia sounds like. We are talking about the famous Pub Street at Siem Reap. Tourists flock here in herds to cool off their sweat and lose track of time. Cambodia, as you all know, is a very hot and humid country where some months are worse than the others. Moreover, exploring the temples of the Wat and Thom could be quite exhaustive. What do you do to energize yourselves? Well, you head to the saviour Pub Street, off course.
Not just pubs…
Pub Street is not just about pubs. It entails a lot more than that. Think of it as a buzzing cross junction with food, shops, pubs and parlours. You will find a line-up of stalls selling the most delicious local snacks, coconut pancakes, fruits, milk shakes and the most bizarre food items ever, including frogs on sticks, crispy scorpions, bugs and more. Would you dare to try the weirdlings on sticks or would you rather focus on the pubs and normal eats?
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Enjoy a sundowner at a fancy bar or try a drink in one, a snack at another and so on. If you like tucking yourself away from the crowd, choose a diner that offers drinks and dinner over soothing music. If you like your party loud and roaring, keep hopping from one deal to another, one pub to another. Talking of deals, happy hours in the evenings offer promotions like no other. Most of the alcoholic beverages go on a buy one get one free deal, while the others are sold for merely 2$. In fact the mango-orange mocktail that I ordered seemed to be more expensive than a pint of beer. If you explore, you can easily find beer for 1$ and a cocktail for 1.5$.
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Bars on wheels:
A special mention of this modern tradition has to be made. Post 9 P.M., you have to wait by the road and watch the bars on wheels park and set shop. What do they do? They are essentially a bike with fancy slabs and boom boxes. Some of them attach disco balls and get the music up loud. They are pretty much like bars on wheels.
Food, shopping and more:
Be it doner kebab, chicken wraps, pizzas, sandwiches or full-course meals, you have it all on this street. Food is not it. At the intersection, on turning right, you will find a line-up of massage parlours. Attend to your aching feet by taking up a foot massage in a parlour of your choice. More than choice, it depends on which one is vacant. 🙂
Kebabs and mocktails
Fancy a fine dining experience over some traditional dance form? There are certain bars like the Temple Bar that showcase the typical Khmer dance in authentic costumes. The price may vary over the weekends and busy times of the year. If you like shopping, hop over to the footpath on one side of the road and check out the flea market in play. Watch the vendors promoting their products aggressively, women selling trinkets and souvenirs in baskets and permanent shops stacked with clothes, hats, gift items and more.
What would you choose to do?
As you can see, there is so much to Pub Street than meets the eye… and we are definitely not sorry for pub hopping!
Tip: If you want to enjoy typical street noodles for 1.5-2 $, eat to your heart’s content at the Old Market side (just before Pub Street) and then head to the main street for drinks.
Would you like to visit this buzzing street or would you rather spend a quiet spa time or chill in your hotel room?
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