With everything there is to see during the day around Siem Reap, there is usually not much energy left by the time evening comes around. My friends and I used to take a short rest during late afternoon and then leisurely explore the nearby 2 Thnoc street and its neighbourhood in the evening. Here are our six favourite things to do in Siem Reap in the evenings.
- Pamper your feet with a reflexology foot massage.
After all the walking during the day, we felt our tired feet needed to be indulged especially as foot massages were so affordable. We tried out a different spa on 2 Thnoc street each day but liked best Bodia Spa, above U-Care pharmacy.
2. Shop at Senteurs d’Angkor on 2 Thnoc street.
My favourite shop on this street was Senteurs d’Angkor. The place not only smelled lovely, it had lots of bath products as well as a range of spices. Great place for some souvenirs.
- Visit Artisans Angkor
Artisans Angkor considers itself a social business. This company began as a project for providing skills training to youth from communities with limited educational opportunities. Since the company was formed in the late 90s, it has opened 43 workshops in Siem Reap providing employment to 1300 people. The handicraft showroom we visited was on Stung Thmey street and had lots of wood statues, lacquered sculptures etc. I bought some lovely silk scarves here.
- Eat at Pub Street
We enjoyed trying out different cafes on this street packed with restaurants and cafes. The place was always crowded during evenings with loud music blasting from different restaurants.
- Explore Angkor night market where you can buy souvenirs and try street food.
On the last evening of our stay in Siem Reap, we visited the Angkor night market which, according to its website, is the first night market in Cambodia. The night market, open from 4pm till midnight, had different stalls selling souvenirs and handicrafts as well as food and drinks. I bought several krama, traditional Cambodian scarf, here.
- Take a trishaw ride across the city to see Siem Reap in the evenings
We enjoyed taking the trishaw ride from our guesthouse and going for a ride around the city in the evenings. It is a lovely way to enjoy seeing parts of the city which you would not have time to visit.
Bonus: I did like River Garden, the place we stayed at in Siem Reap. We had booked two rooms and were given a sort of two storey mini chalet to ourselves. The breakfast provided each morning was delicious.
I did lose something of great sentimental value to my mother and me here though. After my road traffic accident, my mother gave me her special mini Annai Velankanni statue to take with me on my travels. I generally take out the palm sized luminescent mini statue and keep it in a place visible to me so that I would remember to repack it in my bags. However, I forgot to repack it when I left Siem Reap and the little statue after being in my family for nearly twenty years was lost. I wrote to the staff at River Garden but I received the reply that they had not found it in my room. My mother was quite upset about it but I hope that someone who needed the protection of Annai Velankanni more has it with her or him now.
Have you lost anything of great sentimental value to you during your travels? If you have visited Siem Reap, what was your favourite place to visit in the evenings?
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