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    Check Out Pub Street

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jun 19, 2009

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    Pub Street (Street 8) is only a block and a half long. It runs southwest to northeast between Sivatha Boulevard and Hospital Street. In the evening, tuk-tuk and moto drivers are kept out and the street is only for pedestrians. These days (or should I say nights?) there are more restaurants than bars on Pub Street. I don't drink so I did not try it, but Walking Street, the first alley to the northwest of Pub Street, is where more of the bars (e.g. Silk Garden and Giddy Gecko) are supposed to be located now.

    Molly Malone's Pub, the Rooftop Bar & Grill and Why Not are at the southwest end of Pub Street. The Red Piano Restaurant is in the bottom third. The Temple Club and the Viva Mexican Restaurant are in the upper third. The Soup Dragon is on the corner of Pub and Hospital Streets (northeast end). Believe it or not these Siem Reap streets now have names (see the updated Canby map). Although it is officially Street 8, there is actually a red sign with black letters and a white arrow by the Red Piano that says "Pub Street."

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    Wat Thmey

    by AlbuqRay Updated May 18, 2009

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    A "new wat," Wat Thmey, was built at a genocide memorial site in 1997 (I think). Now these unidentified remains of Khmer Rouge victims are preserved in a new stupa and the pagoda is officially named Wat Tep Pothivong; however, it is still generally called Wat Thmey. Not only does Wat Thmey have a memorial to help us never forget those atrocities, it also now has an orphanage for children whose lives have been affected by HIV and a library.

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    Wat Preah Prohm Rath

    by balhannah Updated Apr 26, 2009

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    This Wat is located beside the River in the centre of town. It was founded in 1915. In the grounds are two large cannons, said to have belonged to a 20th century War Lord.
    Worth a quick look and is easy to get to.
    The website is a map which will show you where it is located.

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    Old Market

    by theguardianangel Written Nov 19, 2012

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    The best place to buy more varieties of souvenirs is in the old market. Name it! Shirts, bags, pens, calendars, bracelets, rings, earrings, necklaces, puppets, paintings, hats, caps, fridge magnets, key chains, wallets, clothes, coffee, fan, etc.- you have it here!
    The souvenir shops are situated on the sides of the market. Inside are fishes, vegetables, etc.are being sold. Dried fishes, I think those are eels, can also be seen hanging in front of the stores.

    Always remember to bargain, most of the vendors here are snob in giving discounts so don’t show them how much you want it because they’ll make a stand for the undiscounted price they gave.

    What my friends and I did was that we went into shops, look around, ask for the price then if we find it cheaper than the other stores that’s when we ask for a discount, if granted then we buy at once.

    I observed that most of the Cambodians are artists; when I looked in the paintings displayed at the corner of the shops, it mesmerized me. Their works of art are amazing! The canvasses looked very much alive!

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    Nightlife at the Pubstreet

    by theguardianangel Written Nov 21, 2012

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    My friend and I got lost since we don’t know where to find the KFC. Yes, one of the popular fast foods in the world and why are we finding it!? Three of our friends got so exhausted and fell asleep without having dinner and because we are thoughtful friends, we decided to buy them food somewhere for take-out. However, we got lost… until we found ourselves in the PUBSTREET, haha!

    This place is very much alive when we got here. Loud party music is played with a disco ball hanging at the center of one of the streets. Bars, women, men, are seen everywhere. There are also guards/policemen, paramedics and tuk-tuk drivers are seen at the corner of the street.

    Along the streets are also souvenir shops and one of the popular items being sold here are those made of the crocodile skin and very expensive. One of the locals we talked to said that it’s not advisable to buy any items around the area because it costs a lot of dollars.
    Then after a few misleading paths… at last, we finally accomplished our mission! We found the KFC!:)

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    Downtown Siem Reap, How to enjoy !

    by Michel69 Updated Dec 8, 2010

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    Avoid the crowd of Pub Street, there is so much more to do !
    - Walk along the river in the South, towards Tonlé Sap. You will discover a traditional Noria and traditional houses on piles.
    - Chill out, drink or eat at Silk Garden, a lovely bar made in bamboo. The owner Anthony is the famous DJ D'Tonn of the town. The place is located in the Lane (50 meters from pub street).
    - order your tailor made silk clothing at Samatoa (close to Silk Garden, in front of the entrance of the provincial hospital).
    - enjoy a celtic concert at Molly Malone's or a techno party at X Bar (end of pub street, opposite the pharmacy Ucare).
    - visit and experience ceramics workshop on the road to the temple.
    - visit the workshop of Senteurs d'Angkor (soap, spices, ...) on road National 6
    - Experience the local night atmosphere at Nightclub Zone One.

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    Angkor Thom

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jul 6, 2013

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    Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Khmer Empire. It was a fortified city. Within its walls stood the royal palace and at its centre stood the Bayon with its enigmatic smiling faces.

    The city of Angkor Thom forms a huge square, with each of its sides about three kilometers (1.9 miles) long. It was once surrounded by defensive walls. A moat with a width of 100meters (328 feet) surrounds the outer wall. Each wall has an entry tower and a long causeway over the moat except on the east side where there are two entrances instead of one. A small temple known as Prasat Chrung stands at each corner of the wall around the city of Angkor Thom.

    The causeways leading to each entry tower are lined by a row of 54 stone figures on each side – demons on the right and gods on the left- to make a total of 108 mythical beings guarding the city of Angkor Thom. The demons are depicted with grimacing expressions and wear military headdresses while the gods look serene and wear conical headdresses. A huge serpent with nine heads in the shape of a fan is located at the beginning of each causeway. Its body extends the length of the causeway and is held by the gods and demons.

    The Terrace of the Elephants is located in the Royal Square of Angkor Thom. It was built at the end of the 12th century.

    The Terrace of the Leper King is located in the northwest corner of the Royal Square of Angkor Thom.
    It has a statue depicting the Hindu god Yama, the god of death. The statue was called the "Leper King" because when it was found it was discoloured and covered with moss and looked like a person with leprosy. This idea also tied in with a Cambodian legend of an Angkorian king Yasovarman I who suffered from leprosy.

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    Bayon Temple

    by theguardianangel Written Sep 30, 2012

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    We were still away from the Bayon Temple but it’s very noticeable even from afar. Bayon Temple is a Mahayana Buddhist temple built for the Buddha. This temple is one of my favorite places we visited because I find the temple unique with its towers surmounted by different faces- smiling, frowning, straight faces, etc. But it was then I found out that this earned controversies when it was built, the different faces of the towers were called ‘enigmatic’ that caused a lot of discussions and debates back on those days.

    The temple grounds were in ruins but I like the impression of it. It really fascinates me how the Khmer people were able to build such a masterpiece and not just one… a lot of these attractions in Siem Reap are really admirable!

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    Floating Market on Tonle Sap

    by georeiser Written Apr 5, 2009

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    The floating Market from Siem Reap to Tonle Sap lake is picturesque. People lives on boats and huts beside the river. The Cambodian people lives at the head of the river. And people from a Vietnamese community lives furthest out, where the river ends up in the lake.

    Guided tours in the floating market with boat cost aprox. 15 USD for each person. But this is not necessary to take part in, because the main riverboat from Siem Reap to Phom Penh passes through the same area. So take the riverboat to Phnom Penh!

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    SMILE OF ANGKOR

    by ancient_traveler Updated Mar 28, 2012

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    New unique, big-stage show, unlike any other performance in Cambodia. A laser, dance and 3D spectacular, tracing the history of Angkor and the mystery of the smile of Angkor. Large comfortably air-conditioned theater. Attached restaurant. Come early for dinner and se the show starting at 7:15PM.

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    Wat Bo

    by stevemt Written Mar 4, 2013

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    Wat Bo is a working temple complex on the other side of the Siem Reap river.

    Its in an area that is dirt roads, and some of the temples here are not used any more

    its peaceful, serene and interesting.

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    Get a fish Pedicure

    by stevemt Written Mar 4, 2013

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    Yes you lucky people - they are my legs
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    This is actually quite amazing. I thought about this and came across this one by pub street, $1 for 15 mins plus a free drink - I was in

    For the first few mins it really tickeled, then was great. My feet felt great at the end, and really clean.

    Would recomend this to anyone.

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    ASPARA DANCING

    by davidjo Written May 21, 2012

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    While in Cambodia you should take the opportunity to see the Aspara Dancing and you can catch a free show every night at the Temple Bar in Pub Street. Cannot quite remember when the show begins but just enter the bar and go upstairs to where the stage is. Order a meal here, the food is delicious, i had my first Amok there and came back for more the next night. Aspara is a celestial nymph, beautiful, young, elegant and exceptional dancers who entertain the gods. Believe me, the girls wear colourful costumes and make-up while they dance slowly to the music. I took a video of the girls performing and i never get tired of watching it. DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS PERFORMANCE!!

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    The Bayon

    by IreneMcKay Written Jul 6, 2013

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    The Bayon is located in the centre of the ancient remains of Angkor Thom. The Bayon was built in the late 12th to early 13th century, by the King Jayavarman VII. He was a devout Buddhist. Even today the Bayon is regarded as one of the most enigmatic parts of the remains. The Bayon is covered with over 2000 large serene faces carved into the walls of its 54 towers.

    'The faces with slightly curving lips, eyes placed in shadow by the lowered lids utter not a word and yet force you to guess much', wrote P Jennerat de Beerski in the 1920s.

    It is widely believed that the four faces on each of the towers are images of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (a bodhisattva is an enlightened being in Buddhism who has achieved a high level of compassion) and that they represent the omnipresence of the king who sees everything going on around him. The characteristics of these faces - a broad forehead, downcast eyes, lips that curl upwards slightly - form the famous 'Smile of Angkor'.

    The Bayon was created around 100 years after Angkor Wat. It is a moving experience to wander around the Bayon being gazed at on all sides by these huge stone faces.

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    Floating Village on the Great Lake

    by aberacadabra Written Apr 18, 2011

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    The inhabitants on the Great Lake (Tonle Sap) tend to be from the disadvantaged segments of Cambodian society. Because land would have already been settled by the Khmers - it was later immigrants such as the Cham and Vietnamese who would take to the water.

    The village is called Chong Kneas. Access to the village is via boat which you will board at the Chong Kneas pier - down a canal (a little muddy brook during the dry season) and into the lake itself.

    Once you reach the floating village - you will be greeted by a boatload of ethnic Vietnamese kids wielding pythons - begging or offering you to take their photos for $1.

    Some may say that this is a tourist trap - in fact I was tempted to move this whole writeup to the Tourist Trap segment. But for those who haven't seen a riverine lifestyle, it might be worth taking a trip down.

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