Cambodian Night Markets in Siem Reap

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Last summer I spent 4 weeks in Thailand doing a TEFL course. We were based in an area called Krasang which is North East Thailand, near the Cambodian border. We spent a weekend in Siem Reap and visited Angkor Wat which was absolutely incredible and on one of the evenings whilst we were there, we visited the night markets in Siem Reap. These markets are situated just off Pub Street and they are really busy, full of vendors selling all sorts of items, from spices, to souvenirs, to scorpions!

We wandered around the night markets for a while and browsed lots of the stalls. We ate a Khmer (Cambodian) traditional curry called Amok which was amazing and got thoroughly confused by the money which is both in Cambodian currency (Riel) and US dollars. The Cambodian currency is worth so little though that you get the change in it from dollars so we ended up thoroughly confused!

We purchased quite a few things in the night markets. I bought some beautiful paintings, one of Angkor Wat and one of some elephants as I absolutely fell in love with the idea of getting a painting when I saw the gorgeous paintings all around the night markets. I also got a hand painted shot glass of Cambodia which originally I was going to give to my brother but it was so pretty that I kept it! I bought some Cambodian liquor called Sombai which we tried lots of and it tasted so good so I got three flavours, Pineapple and Coconut, Banana and Cinnamon and Green Tea!

I would definitely recommend the night markets in Siem Reap if you are going to the area to visit Angkor Wat. It really is an incredible place and so much fun to browse, even if you aren't purchasing anything (although you definitely will). One warning is that amongst the fun of the night markets, there is a lot of poverty in Siem Reap and people do try and take advantage of the tourists that are in the area. However it is also like most other places that, if you are careful and stay in a group, you will be absolutely fine. I was with a group of 5 girls and we felt pretty safe walking around the area.

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