I love cities that are lively at night! The first night market we visited was in Siem Reap (the same city that is home to the Angkor Temples). Abby and I had cocktails and dinner overlooking Pub Street which is filled with restaurants and elephant-pant wearing tourists.
Then, because I love dance, we went to Temple Club to see a traditional Apsara dance performance. It's a dance with slow, precise movements that to me appears related to classical Indian dances. The dancers wore several costumes throughout the show, but the most traditional one had a headdress that reminded me of the tops of the Angkor Wat Temple.
Walking around the night market, we laughed at the idea of a "fish can do massage" booth, but we decided we had to do it. Imagine putting your feet in a big fish tank and hundreds of little fish start nibbling at your feet. OMG it tickles so much!!!
At the market we found quite a range of food. I kept saying to Abby, look at this, look at that. Aaah! I think thats is snake on a stick! We were too full from dinner, so we didn't try it. ;)
We walked past booths and shops full of art and clothing. At one of the markets we started chatting with a French artist named Raphael who had quit his job to travel around Cambodia and draw. We were fascinated by his story and paintings bought one of his printed canvases with his best drawings.
Before the night was over, I bought a dress. The women in the stores kept saying "lady good price for you." Then a shopkeeper took my picture as I tried on her dresses and Abby who is better at bargaining than me said "we modeled for you, we get a discount right?"
Back from the nights markets with tired feet and souvenirs in hand we crashed on the hotel bed and rested up for a new day of adventure.