My last full day in Siem Reap I didn't do much. I was so exhausted from all the walking in the hot sun and being on my feet for 5-6 hours with no real rest. I decided not to see anymore temples even though there were a lot more to see but I was all templed out. Instead I decided to wake up lazy and mosey around by myself. I walked over to the post office (to send postcards) which seemed quite far because of how hot it was. After the post office I headed to the Angkor Night Market, on the way I stopped to get a super cheap fresh fruit shake. Back home I would pay like $8 for a frozen fruit shake but here they have so many options and it was fresh, plus you could add alcohol.
Unfortunately the Angkor Night Market wasn't very active yet. So, I went to a random restaurant to have lunch. I wasn't going to drink because its so HOT but I couldn't resist with these prices! Like really? Beer for $0.50! No wonder people just come here to party.
To eat I ordered flat rice noodles with chicken which cost a whopping $2.50. I also ordered a watermelon fruit juice for $1. So in total I spent $4.50! That is what I loved about Siem Reap, the food is super cheap, you can easily get by on $5 a day on meals. I had fried rice for dinner yesterday that only cost me $1.50. After drinking beer on a hot day it was getting to me so I decided to go back to my hostel and take a nap then go back to the night market.
After my nap I headed back to the night market. It was about a 7 min walk, it was really close. I wanted to do some souvenir shopping. The night market was very vibrant, there was live music, people walking about and lots of food. I visited here my second night just to get an idea of pricing. I really wanted a pair of elephant pants that EVERYONE wears here. I went into a store and looked around, the people there were a little to eager to sell so I took advantage and was able to get a pair for $2. Not sure why I didn't get more.
I also got some shot glasses and that was about it. I didn't want to go crazy because I still had a lot of other places to see and things to collect. The night market wasn't as busy as I expected, I think because in Korea the night markets are huge and have so many people in them.
I probably walked around for an hour then decided to leave because my flight was early in the morning. I walked through Pub Street, where people say is like a more relaxed Khao San Road which I had never been to. It didn't seem hectic to me at all. I think the next time I am in Southeast Asia I will do the whole Siem Reap nightlife thing. Pub street was literally just people walking around some sitting in bars socializing and drinking. Then again it was like 9pm when I was walking around.
Overall, my trip to Siem Reap was great. I don't think I was well prepared for the heat, which I will make sure to do next time. Obviously the temples were my favourite part of Siem Reap. I think next time I will check out Phnom Penh because other travellers had recommended it.
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