Day 4 – Siem Reap

Sleepy / Day 4 of 64 / 13 May

It’s our second day here in Siem Reap, and we spent half of it sleeping. We were supposed to visit Angkor Wat today, but I guess we were exhausted from our trip from BKK to Siem Reap, so we decided to postpone our visit to the temples until tomorrow. Luckily, the counter staff at Owl Inn were extremely helpful. They helped us postpone our tuk-tuk to Angkor Wat. And they also helped us postpone our bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, from an early morning one to one in the late afternoon. That would give us sufficient time to quickly explore Angkor Wat and have lunch before heading off for PP.

We finally left the room at around 4pm. We had dinner at a roadside “restaurant” and ordered some Khmer curry, Lok Lak, and fried rice. After dinner, it was time to explore Pub Street and its surrounding night markets.

Smiling cause we finally found the strength to get out of bed.

I really love Lok Lak. Feed me Lok Lak.

The Art Center Night Market was our first destination. It’s probably the largest night market in Siem Reap. The market is easy to navigate, but it felt like the stores all sold the same things. Either “Cam-bodia” t-shirts in the style of “RUN DMC” or Angkor Beer singlets. The Psar Chaa Old Market [ផ្សារចាស់, Phsaarchasa] and the Angkor Night Market were the same as well. They were smaller than the Art Center Night Market, but they all sold similar goods.

This place takes the phrase “tourist trap” literally. You go in and you get lost among stalls that all look the same.

As for Pub Street, it’s perfect if you plan on only getting drunk. Besides partying, there’s not much else to do here in the centre of Siem Reap. Beer was ridiculously cheap. Cheaper than Coke or water. And cigarettes cost only 1 USD a pack. Pub Street lives up to its name. People go there to get drunk, and nothing else.

The ice cream rolls are pretty delicious. 2 USD gets you a huge cup of ice cream.

The lively Pub Street, and a cameo by the ice cream roll.

After a stroll down Pub Street, and after we had explored all three night markets, we headed back to our hotel to rest. It’ll be an early day for us tomorrow, as we head to Angkor Wat at 8am to make the most of our time left in Siem Reap.

– Ryan

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