I decided to have my tuk tuk driver drop me off down on Pub Street after my tour of the War Museum was complete. It was lunch time and I also wanted to take a look around the place during daylight hours.
The first order of business was a walk about town. The Pub Street area is a lot bigger than just one street. There are a maze of backstreets, alleyways, small shops, and markets.
I love the architecture and French colonial feel. Thanks to the large amount of tourist dollars these buildings are very well maintained and look they were built recently. And for all I know they were.
This was an everyday sight in Cambodia. Coconuts hanging off the back of a scooter, groceries in the lap, I’m surprised there wasn’t a second person or more riding on the back. I’m also pretty sure that isn’t the real Angkor Night Market in the background.
There are lots of little shops selling what I can only assume are knock off t-shirts and other tourist products.
In addition to all the restaurants and bars on the main Pub Street, each small side street and alleyway is jam packed with them as well. You are not wanting for choice in Siem Reap.
After a nice leisurely walk around I decided to grab some lunch. I settled on the Temple Club, with a nice street side table that would give me the opportunity to watch the comings and goings. I once again opted for my new favorite meal, beef lok lak. The Temple Club served it with a fried egg on top. I though this meal was the best so far.
It was happy hour so I ordered a couple of Angkor drafts. It would be rude to turn down 2 for 1 beers. I managed to strike up a conversation with one of the waitresses there. I’ve mentioned it before, but the people in Cambodia seem so much friendlier than those in Thailand. I’m not sure why, but one speculation I have is that most of the people they have working in the tourist spots appear to speak better English than those in Thailand, which leads to easier conversation.
After a few more beers, I decide to have a further look around the Pub Street area. I check out a couple of the street side shops offering up everything from dried fruit to bags of rice.
I didn’t know there were so many different types of rice available, and this photo only shows a small selection of what was on offer.
After I felt I had seen enough, I decided to grab a ride back to my hotel. It had been a great day so far, and I chose to spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing at the pool with the other pasty white tourists.
A few Pina Colada’s and a few hours in the sun later, I was ready to call it a day. I had a fantastic time so far and was ready to get cleaned up and head back to Pub Street for the evening.