A new tourist hotspot? Container night markets open.
Enjoyed from evening into the night, container night markets have been opening up in Siem Reap. These markets reuse old shipping containers to create stalls; a number have opened up since the latter half of last year. There are already a number of these markets in Phnom Penh –now Siem Reap’s markets are gaining attention.
The first such market was opened in London in 2011, since then a number around the world have opened. Their main strength is the affordability of setup.
One that opened in December, “Palm Container Market”, can be found close to the ticket sales offi ce of Angkor Wat on Street 60. It covers 2.5 hectares, with 100 containers. It’s open – with use of 2 and 3 storey container sites providing more space for walkways.
The containers are big, with 12m frontages, and the current 120 vendors is planned to be increased to 300. Vendors are divided into 2 areas – restaurants (Khmer, Thai, Seafood, BBQ, cafes, etc.) and other shops (accessories, clothes, shoes, souvenirs, etc.)
This market stands out with its huge robot objet d’art. There are 7 in total, with 2 giant 7 metre, strong looking robots at the entrance. Popular with kids, they also make for a great Instagram shot. The market’s concept is to provide a place for family entertainment with live music. They are even planning to install a soccer pitch.
In the bustling business district, on Sivatha Blvd you can fi nd “Eiffel Time Container Market”.
This market features 2 storey containers, with seating on the upper fl oor, and has 62 vendors. This market is definitely “local”. The aim is to support locals who have experience in hospitality to create their own ventures by providing fi nance. It’s a market with an easy atmosphere and food is affordably priced. With live performances, it is popular with both locals and tourists alike.
1. There is “Mini concert stage” at the dining area 2. Huge robots are standing at the gate 3. You can enjoy meat and seafood BBQ, local food, snacks etc. (Palm Container Market ) 4. 5. Eiffel Time Container Market. You can enjoy eating and drinking with live band music.