If you think Siem Reap is all about medieval temples and war memories, then you are absolutely wrong. This is the party capital of Cambodia and definitely one of the hottest party scenes in all of Southeast Asia!
After languishing in political conflicts for so long, Cambodia has dramatically transformed itself into a bustling nation attracting the world’s tourists all year round. Most of those who are doing the Southeast Asian swing never miss to come to Siem Reap for the temples and the maddening street parties that unimaginably happen non-stop every night of the year.
Daytime in downtown Siem Reap is a normal busy commercial day for the locals while most of the tourists are out doing the temple run. As the day comes to a slowdown, the happening streets of Siem Reap transform into a huge party venue where accents from all over the world screams with the music. As the night gets deeper, the thumping becomes louder and the streaks of multi-colored laser lights becomes blinding.
Pub Street is where the action happens. Rows of European pubs, sports and dance bars drown its thirsty patrons with sophisticated cocktails, overflowing beers and fantastic wine. Hot, sweaty bodies gyrate to heart-pounding beats of international DJs and bands. Along this strip, Angkor What? and Temple Bar are the red light for wandering crowds of mostly young backpackers thirsty for cheap beer and wild parties.
Linga Bar is a delightful place to be, whoever you are. Photo Credit: www.lingabar.com
Alternatively, a narrow alley at the back of Pub Street called The Passage is also creating traffic among those who wish to just lounge around with good house music and flights of martinis in a slightly niche crowd. Linga Bar is popular among the finest gay men but whether you’re one or not, it doesn’t really matter, it’s the sophistication of sure-slug concoctions and the feel-good ambience that count.
Check out the alleys that break out from Pub Street and be surprised with fabulous themed bars with lowered amps but never missing the fun factor. Asana Wooden House and Mrs. Wong are just a few of these chic drinking joints worth your night in Siem Reap.
Party like there’s no tomorrow. Photo Credit: www.shutterstock.com
If you are into the high-end scene, the Elephant Bar in Raffles Grand d’Angkor Hotel is most recommended. Here, it’s brushing elbows with upmarket tourists who are most likely billeted in expensive hotels around this area. For a loose feel yet keeping the chic ambience, FCC Angkor is just around the block.
Alternatively, another popular party venue is Mad Monkey Hostel’s beach-themed roofdeck bar. It gathers very young backpackers who are out for the night to really get drunk. Mad Monkey is one of Siem Reap’s most sought-after backpackers’ inn because of its bikini-clad crowd and party scene.
Cambodia’s history and centuries old temples become a memory and go down the drain as the night falls in Siem Reap. The endless partying has become the antidote to overload of temples. To the uninitiated, this small city on the northern region of once French-ruled Cambodia may be trapped in time. The truth is, a new Khmer Empire of unforgettable parties has risen and those who can’t keep up with it shall lie in ruins.
Betwixt and between the arthritic 40 and a horrendous body mass index of positive 30, escapism and yummyeology are my real-life double post-graduate degrees conferred with the highest honors.
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