Siem Reap is the beating touristic heart of Cambodia, where almost all visitors come to marvel at the world famous Angkor Wat temples.
The best time of year to visit is in mid April during the Buddhist new year. That's when everyone is out in the streets partying, throwing water and talcum powder on each other and generally having an awesome time.
Whilst we were left spellbound by these impressive UNESCO monuments, after the 3rd day we were templed out and just wanted to chill out and party a bit. That's where the aptly named Pub Street steps in!
Siem Reap gay area
Pub Street is a series of small pedestrianised streets in downtown Siem Reap, which is alive with people throughout the day. Most of the city's best restaurants, bars, cocktail lounges, clubs and hotels are based around. This is the beating touristic heart of the city, and the place where you'll also find the gay scene of Phnom Penh.
Gay Hotels in Siem Reap
There are a variety of really affordable gay hotels in Siem Reap, some are exclusively men only, others are gay owned and welcoming to LGBT travellers. We found you get extremely good value for money in Siem Reap for accommodation, with a variety of options to suit all budgets.
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The privilege Floor in Lotus Blanc is a boutique luxury gay friendly hotel in Siem Reap, located minutes walking distance to the gay bars. Rooms are sophisticated and elegant, influenced by French art and stylised décor. There is a large outdoor garden with beautiful swimming pool.
Prices start from $75/£60 / night.
This is a men only hotel, quiet and discreet, located a few minutes tuk tuk ride from Pub street. It has its own gym, spa, sauna, steam room and swimming pool.
Prices start from $45/£35 a night.
3 Monkeys is also men only, a luxurious guesthouse with a French touch. It's located a little bit further out from the centre, around 25 minutes walk to the gay bars of Siem Reap or 10 minutes tuk tuk ride. It has a salt water pool, sun loungers and it's quite exclusive with only 6 rooms, each with its own patio or terrace.
Prices start from $45/£35 a night.
This gay friendly oasis prides themselves on welcoming everyone regardless of their sexual preference or orientation. It is located walking distance to the gay bars of Siem Reap and they have a salt water pool with a bar serving awesome cocktails.
Gay bars in Siem Reap
The gay scene of Siem Reap is small, but there are a handful of gay bars. All of them are open everyday till late and most eventually transform into a dancing venue:
- Miss Wong Cocktail Bar: gay owned bar and one of the most famous in Siem Reap. We struggled to find it a bit because it's located down a small lane in Pub Street, but that's part of its charm. It's a very classy, refined, chic bar with an intimate atmosphere. And those cocktails…try a Lemongrass Collins or an Apricot and Kaffir Lime Martini. It's a bit pricey compared to other bars, but definitely worth visiting. Miss Wong is located at The Lane – check their website for better directions.
- Barcode: proudly advertising itself as a vintage French Louis XV style gay bar in Siem Reap with drag shows starting at 9:30pm every evening. Late into the evenings, it becomes a nightclub, especially on Saturdays when they host live DJs. They have a men's spa in case you ODed on the Margaritas. Barcode is located in the Pub Street maze of streets, so check their website which has a map.
- Heaven & DeamBoys Siem Reap: fun gay lounge which also becomes a dancing venue with some really sexy dancers. It's a super fun place to hang out and meet other gay guys. Also check out their daily Happy Hour offers between 4-7pm. Heaven is located at the Salakamureuk Commune, 117 Salakamreuk Road and is open everyday until midnight.
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For more travel advice:
- use our 2 days itinerary for Angkor Wat to plan your visit
- heading to the big capital city? Check out our guide: how to get from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
- check out our interview with local boy Aaron from Phnom Penh about what it's like growing up gay in Cambodia
- watch our Cambodia travel video.