Koulen II: Apsara Dance
Around Siem Reap there are several restaurants offering dinner shows with traditional Khmer dance (Apsara Dance) - and our Angkor-guide recommended the Koulen II restaurant to us.
We made reservations a day ahead - but still we were only able to get a table far away from the stage, and our view wasn’t the best. All the tables at the front were booked by the big tour companies. The dinner buffet opened at 6:30pm and was really good with mostly local dishes. The dance performance started at 7:30pm and lasted for about an hour. The dancers were very graceful and elegant, but for me the show became a little boring at the end…
Dress Code: Casual.
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Bar Street: Bars, restaurants, cafes...
The vast majority of places to eat and drink are clustered near the centre of Siem Reap, on and around the aptly named Bar Street (also known as Pub Street). There's certainly no shortage of bars along this street - it's not called Bar St for nothing! Temple Bar, Angkor What?, Banana Leaf and Le Tigre de Papier are among those to choose from. Angkor What? is one of the longest running bars cum nightclubs on the strip, and I went there a couple of times - once to see in Christmas Day. It gets very crowded inside plus there's loud music and such like but then you can sit outside and chillout. There's also a good place opposite which I thinks called Banana Leaf which is more relaxed with pool tables, lounge area and lots of TV's showing sport.
Bars/Restaurants: Pub Street
I seem to have taken loads of pics of pubs we visited when we were in Pub Street, but I have managed to misplace/lost them... so I am not very happy about this.... and hence I cannot now remember where we went...
However, if you take a wander down Pub Street you are bound to find something that takes your fancy, be it a pub, or a restaurant or both, there are loads of places, they are good good and very very reasonable... your dollars will go far here.
Its about $0.50c for a beer, so the penny pinchers and those on a tight budget can let their hair down!
I have attached a pic to see the prices, just as proof... truse me to have not lost this pic...lol
Dress Code: Casual... Jeans/short and t-shirts... its hot and casual... to leave your tux at home :)
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Angkor What?: Pub Street
Our driver, Tee, dropped us at the start of Pub street, which is the life of Siem Ream, its laced with lovely bars and restaurants and Angkor Waht? is not exception.
Its a lively bar, with nice music, and very cold beers set on pub street.
The staff are very friendly and the pub has a nice vibe, especially if you want to sit and people-watch passers by.
They have realy cool t-shirt too only for $5. I got one and love it.
Dress Code: Casual... there is not dress code... we sat in our shorts and t-shirts.
- Historical Travel
In the central area of Siem Reap is a blocked off street, dubbed "Bar Street" that features tons of bar's to choose from all with different themes and booze to choose from. I enjoyed my time at Molly Malones and Angkor What? Food vendors line the street. Overall a pretty good time, no blow out parties to my finding. Worth at least a go for one night
Bar Street: Party Town
Siem Reap turns into quite the party town at night, at least along Bar Street and The Alley. All the backpackers spend their days discovering the mysteries of Angkor and their nights partying Cancun-style. Although there are lots of bars on the side streets, most of the crowds can be found on Bar Street. Most bars offer Happy Hour specials that last all night and the drinks all around are cheap. If you’re in the mood to tie one on and meet other travelers head to the hear of Bar Street, pick a bar and start drinking.
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- Beer Tasting
ankor wot bar: bouncing
one of the top places tp drink,dance and meet other.now its double the size ,superb sound system and spot on staff. cheap drink,ideal to people watch sitting outside and basically get smashed.
Dress Code: nudity allowed
Linga: Great Cocktails
Siem Reap is not short of bars and nightclubs so this tip is probably a bit academic, but if you are looking for a perfect mojito, try Linga Bar, just at the back of Bar Street.
Strong, sweet, minty, perfect - several of these and you soon forget about the heat and the crowds!
Kulen Restaurant Apsara Dance Performance: The Apsara Dance
There are 5-6 places in Siem Reap, where you can watch the Apsara Dance Performance. Apsara dance has been patronized by Khmers since time imemorial as is evident from all the Temple visits. You will find semi naked carvings of Apsara Dancers in almost all the Temples in Angkor. In the Hindu Mythology, Apsaras were celestial bodies (fairies if I may wish to call) and found in heaven.
Most of the Dance Performance take place at around 19:30-20:30 hrs and lasts for one hour. Prior to the Dance performance, you will have dinner and the variety of food served is sufficient to satiate any tongue.
Dress Code: Not a valid concern. Should be decent enough.
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- Historical Travel
Temple Club: Watch the Apsara dance at a nighclub!
Temple Club is actually a typical western-style dance club. There’s a DJ that plays live music here every night.
But in the evening from 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm you can watch the traditional dance of Cambodia called the Apsara dance for free. And that was what I came here for =)
You can also order food at this club. I guess it's a club cum restaurant?
Dress Code: No dress code.
Easy speaking: Pub & Restaurant
Lonely planet will reccommend "Angkor what?" pub, cause, they say, that pub give some of its income to a hospital, great habit, but the pub is always full and, being a lonely planet advice, you can be sure you will meet ONLY tourists there. A few meters from the angkor what there is the easy speaking pub, smaller, quiter and, with definitly a better service.
Dress Code: No air conditioning, so...the less you wear, the better!
Check with your Tuk-tuk driver: Angkorian Wine, Strong Stuff!!!!
You need to approach your tuk-tuk driver to show you the place. Its looks like some simple coffee house with dim lighting. You & your pals will probably the only bunch of non-Cambodian there.
Be very careful of those black substance contained in mineral water bottles. You'll drink from shot glasses. If your tuk-tuk guy is an alcoholic, good luck to you.
8-bottle of Angkorian Wine (in 500cc mineral water bott), 3 serving of beef (rare) salad stuffs & some simple local bites will cost only USD6. With lots of fresh vegies too.
The raw beef soak into hot gravy mixture ;) heaven.
Dress Code: Anything...
Well, this is not a typical nightlife activity, but I put it here as you have to get up at night (5:30 am) to do it!!
If you wanna have a magical impression of the Angkor Wat temples, go there before sunrise (which is about 6 am). Besides the peaceful atmosphere (stalls are not open yet) you may enjoy a wonderful sunset behind the temple dome's skyline...
- Historical Travel
The Angkor What?
This popular drinks place (Angkor Wat, Angkor WHAT?, U get it? ;-))) is located in an area where there are many similar places already. U get good beers, good ambiance and can seat at the terrace to see people pass by...
Dress Code: Pool Table and satellite TV
Jasmine Angkor Resto and others at Vithei Sivutha: Several resto also have dancing package
Beside Performance House of Grand d' Angkor Hotel, we can also find the special package dinner with traditional dance performances in several places. Like Jasmine Angkor Resto or several places along Vithei Sivutha (Siwatha Road)
Dress Code: Casual
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