Nightlife and Entertainment in Siem reap

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Siem Reap nightlife has plenty to offer as the town mixes the old and the new. This is a very popular tourist spot including the Cambodia Landmine Museum, Angkor National Museum and Angkor Wat. While there are plenty of daytime activities there are also many things to see and do at night.

Best Bars

You can find the best bars down in the Old Market section which is near the river. You cannot miss “Pub Street.” About 10 years ago you could only find 3 bars but now there are more than 40 to choose from. An institution that pioneered nightlife in the city is the "Angkor What?" This bar is most travelers’ first stop for the night and is a great place to meet other travelers. Another bar that also has its own club is the Temple Bar and Club.

Right next to the Ankor What? is the Easy Speaking Cafe and Pub. This bar mainly handles the spillover from neighboring bars. A few other popular spots that stay open late are Buddha Lounge and the Ivy Bar. The Ivy Bar is a favorite haunt of correspondents, travel writers and photographers.

A popular spot for expatriates is Molly Malones. It offers live music of many popular western musicians. You can find plenty of imported beer and Irish whiskey. This is the perfect spot if you are looking for a little bit of home.

Some Funky and Alternative Choices

Two other funky and interesting bars include Laundry which is open extremely late. This is the funkier side of town and frequently puts on special events that will be promoted all over the city. Linga is a gay bar that has walls covered with paintings of Buddhist monks. Another popular and funky choice is the Dead Fish Tower which is near the temples along the main street. You can enjoy a drink in what is decorated as the rigging of a tall ship.

Traditional Dance

If you can find one, you should not miss a performance of Apsara dance. This is an ancient art where the dancers wear traditional gilded costumes. They dance using wrist contortions. At Angkor Village you can enjoy a traditional banquet and see the dance. A similar show is performed at the Raffles Grand Hotel. The show is outside on the lawn.

Bach for a Good Cause

You can listen to the pieces by Bach, interspersed with vignettes and comedy at the Kantha Bopha Foundation. Donations are made in support of the humanitarian hospital. This evening is informative and very enjoyable and is quite different from other music performances.

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April 13, 2010 new by piyushjain

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