Gay Siem Reap: Our guide to the best gay bars, hotels & fun things to do

Stefan Arestis

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.

Pub Street in Siem Reap during the Buddhist New Year
The atmosphere around Pub Street during the Buddhist New Year was crazy and very messy

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

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.

MEN'S RESORT & SPA

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.

THE 3 MONKEYS VILLA

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.

RAMBUTAN RESORT

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 Lanecheck 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. They have great shows which start at 9:45pm every evening. Also, check out their daily Happy Hour offers between 8-9pm. Heaven is located at the Salakamureuk Commune, 117 Salakamreuk Road and is open every day until midnight.
Siem Reap gay bars - Miss Wong
Taking refuge inside Miss Wong bar, avoiding the mess of water and talcum powder from the Buddhist New celebrations on Pub Street

Gay friendly restaurants in Siem Reap

Try BUGS for dinner

  • Head to the BUGS Café for dinner and for a taster of something different!
  • Cambodians make the most of everything when it comes to food and insects are easy to rear, high in protein and make a hearty meal.
Stefan tucking into a fried tarantula
Stefan tucking into a fried tarantula at the BUGS Cafe in Siem Reap
  • At the BUGS Café try the ‘taster platter' consisting of fried tarantula, scorpion and water bug, a stir fry of silk worms and crickets, and a chopped ants samosa.
  • Go on we dare you! (Note, they do offer foods without insects too).
The taster platter at the BUGS Cafe in Siem Reap
The taster platter at the BUGS Cafe in Siem Reap: fried tarantula, scorpion, water bug, ant samosa and fritter and stir fried crickets and silkworms #nomnomnom

Go for a late dinner in Pub Street

  • Head to Le Tigre de Papier in the heart of the central Pub Street area for dinner.
  • Le Tigre de Papier menu is reasonable and offers a variety of Western food and Cambodian foods like fish Amok, beef Lok Lak.

Top things to do in Siem Reap

The distances between the temples are large, so we definitely recommend arranging a tuk tuk ‘tour’ or renting a motorbike.

Visit Angkor Wat

You can arrange a tuk tuk to take up to 4 people around the temples for $10-20 split between you. The tuk tuk driver will stop and wait for you at each temple. We recommend you start the day early to watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat from 6am at the main (West) gate.

Most of the package tour crowds will then enter Angkor Wat itself, so we recommend leaving this for tomorrow. Instead, stay a step ahead of the crowds and visit the walled city (“Angkor Thom”) and Ta Prohm next before they do, and avoid this happening:

Coach load of tourists at the temples
Our goal: trying to keep as far away from this as possible!

See the walled city

  • The next stop takes you inside the former walled city called Angkor Thom.
  • Look out for the distinctive Bayon temple with faces carved into the stone walls.
The faces of the Bayon temple
The faces of the Bayon temple located in the walled city of Angkor Thom

The ‘tomb raider’ temple

  • The final temple for today is Ta Prohm where the Angelina Jolie ‘Tomb Raider' film was located.
  • Ta Prohm is also famous and unique for the ancient trees literally growing out of the ruins.
Our group photos at Ta Prohm
Our group photos at the famous ‘tomb raider' Ta Prohm temple

See Ta Som temple

  • Head to the small Ta Som temple after Angkor Wat, located on the Northeast side of the Angkor Thom walled city.
  • Ta Som is famous for its Eastern gate with a beautiful ancient tree growing out of it.
  • Ta Som is a smaller and less frequented temple, so there will be far fewer people there than the headliner temples.
The beautiful Ta Som temple Eastern gate
The beautiful Eastern gate of Ta Som temple

Preah Khan temple

  • The final temple for today is the large Preah Khan temple located further East from Ta Som.
  • Preah Khan is similar to the ‘tomb raider’ Ta Prohm with beautiful ancient trees growing out of it.
  • Depending on your belly and time, this will also make a good stop for your packed lunch.
Preah Khan temple
The large Preah Khan temple is less visited than other temples

Watch Phare Circus

The Phare Circus was one of our highlights in Siem Reap. It is a charity to help street kids and orphans develop skills to express themselves through art.

We watched a show about a girl called Sokha who lived through the terrible Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s and is haunted by it afterwards. Sokha used music, dance and drawing to over come her nightmares and inspired others struggling to do so as well.

  • There are subtitles on large screens to explain things but the show was well produced, which made it easy to follow.
  • Tickets were $18 for unreserved seats and $45 for reserved seats.
  • We got the unreserved seats and arrived at 7pm to queue and got good central seats in the middle.
 

Watch the Sunset at Pre Rup Temple

Most people will head to the Phnom Bakheng hill for sunset. We do not recommend coming here because it gets too busy and as Angkor Wat is located East from Phnom Bakheng hill, you will not see the sun setting anywhere near it there.

We instead recommend heading to the less frequented Pre Rup temple, for a more peaceful experience. There are far fewer people then at Phnom Bakheng but with the same view.

The sunset from Pre Rup temple
The sunset view from the less busy Pre Rup temple

Entrance fees for Angkor Wat

Visitors can purchase 3 types of day passes and as of April 2015, the fees were:

  • 1 day for $20
  • 3 days for $40
  • 7 days for $60

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Stefan Arestis

Stefan is the co-founder, editor and author the gay travel blog nomadicboys.com. As a travel nerd, he has explored more than 80 countries across 5 continents. What he loves the most about travelling is discovering the local gay scene, making new friends and learning new cultures. His advice about LGBTQ travel has been featured in Gay Times, Gaycities, Pink News, Gay Star News, Attitude and Towleroad. He has also written about gay travel for other non-gay specific publications including Lonely Planet, The New York Times, The Guardian and The Huffington Post. Stefan is also a qualified lawyer, having practised as a commercial property litigator in London for over 10 years. He left his lawyer days behind to work full time on Nomadic Boys with his husband Sebastien. Find out more about Nomadic Boys.

23 thoughts on “Gay Siem Reap: Our guide to the best gay bars, hotels & fun things to do”

  1. Hello Nomadic Boys,

    I am Mr Kimhong from Heaven And Dreamboys. Thank you for mentioning us in your blog, very much appreciated. Happy hour is now from 8 to 9 pm. We still have a great show and the show starts at 9.45 pm.

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  2. Really loved a Gay friendly Bistro / Cafe restaurant called The Village about ten minutes walk from Pub Street near the river by Kandal village. French cafe traditional theme to it. Great Food and staff.

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  3. Hi, This is NITIN ( age 53, Gay) from India. Coming to Siem Reap on 21 Jan 2017. Will be staying in GB resort for 5 days.Wish to meet a cute boy of 18-22 for site seeing and friendship and all. Local or asian boy will be preferred. Please contact me on whatsapp +91 8087961780 or email me. Eager to meet you cutie.

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  5. I wish to visit Cambodia for two weeks , anyone can help me or join me , you can mail me at utpab01AThotmai
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  6. Great overview of the bars / scene. We are going there for New Years this year. Do you know of any gay New Years parties or good places to celebrate?

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    • Thanks Paul! I think like with the Khmer New Year in April, just head to Pub Street area in the centre and there will be some sort of large crowd/outdoor party going on- they KNOW how to have a good time there 🙂

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  7. great that i stumbled into your blog. will be in hcmc and siem reap starting next week.

    ill see about the mansion. do u by chance know if the mansion has dorms?

    thanks.

    your post is helpful.

    Reply

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