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 gay scene in 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.
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