When you hear “Cambodia”, chances are the first image that pops into your head is that of the magnificent towers at Angkor Wat. One of the world’s most famous religious sites, it is so much a national symbol that you’ll find it on the Cambodian flag. Few people come to Cambodia without making a stop at Angkor, and almost everyone stays in the adjacent town of Siem Reap, known as the “gateway to Angkor”.
This makes Siem Reap the most tourist-friendly place in the country. Everyone from couples to families to backpackers on Southeast Asian tours mingle in Siem Reap’s hotels, restaurants, and bars. The latter are mostly concentrated around the iconic Pub Street, which is the name given to a group of several narrow streets that house expat and tourist-friendly drinking spots.
The scene in gay Siem Reap is small, but it is worth checking out. It is made up of a handful of gay (or gay-owned) bars and clubs, all with distinct vibes yet all very welcoming. Head to one of these after a long day of temple-hopping to relax, have a cocktail, and mingle with both visitors and locals.
As Cambodia’s central tourism hub, Siem Reap has no shortage of great hotels. From luxury resorts to budget boutique hotels. There are even two popular exclusive men-only gay hotels in Siem Reap. Most of the hotels in town are spread around Siem Reap’s city center, where Pub Street, the Old Market, and the Royal Residence are. The town’s nightlife is almost always within walking distance, and a tuk-tuk to Angkor is usually under 20 minutes.
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