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While the markets in Siem Reap are open late, it is worth making a trip to the specific Angkor Night Markets, even if it's just for dinner. These markets are in an funky setting with two bars to cool your heels at in between shopping.
Stroll the wooden walkways, browsing the stalls. Stop for a drink at the Island Bar or Brick House Bar, relaxing on lounges or using the free wifi. Head to the 'food court' for dinner - a number of little restaurant stalls that surround festively light tables. The food court has international offerings including burgers and chinese food, if you're after something a little different. There's even some spas for a massage.
The stalls are in thatched roofed pavilions, and pebble gardens adorn the walkways. It's a charming atmosphere and less crowded than the busy streets so less stressful and much more pleasant if you're walking with children in tow.
Our visit was hampered by rain, but the stall holders created shelter over the walkways so you could still use the paths without getting wet.
The Angkor Night Markets are open 4pm until 12pm daily.
As they say on their website "Angkor Night Market, a place for you to shop & dine in a vibrant contemporary Khmer environment" and I couldn't agree more!