Friday, 3 February 2012

Siem Reap

We found a place to stay called 'Mandalay Inn' which we found in the LP. I had emailed them the previous night asking for a reservation but by the following morning i  had still not had a response. We decided to turn up there anyway, only to find that they were fully booked, i never did receive an email back from them explaining this!

The tuk tuk drivers kindly drove us from one guest house to the other looking for somewhere with availability. Many were fully booked but after trying one last place that was located down an alleyway near the night market, we were offered a room at a place called 'Mitri Guest House'. We were charged $8 for a double room with a fan and Luke, Jason, Aaron & Josh paid $12 for theirs. You wouldn't even know this guest house existed as it's so well hidden and doesn't even have a sign post outside. There also seems to be renovation work going on, so try and get a room on the other side of this to avoid being woken by the noise.

The rooms were large and clean, if a little dark and our bathroom did have some plumbing issues (leaking sink, no shower stand, toilet flushed continuously) but for $8 a night you kind of expected it. The owners here were very friendly.

In between visiting Angkor Wat and the floating village, we had one night out on Bar Street, where we drank cocktails and buckets at the 'Angkor What' bar. This place stays open quite late and was the busiest bar on the street.

Dancing at the Angkor What Bar with Josh and Jason

We had a couple of drinks at another place called 'X Rooftop Bar' which had a half pipe on the roof! Although we didn't have a skateboard and instead slid down it on our bums. Seemed hilarious at the time, guess you had to be there.

Cocktails on the X Rooftop Bar

During the evenings we always ate at the street food market located on Bar Street. It had a wide variety of food choices and was very cheap compared to the expensive neighbouring restaurants.

Try breakfast at the 'Blue Pumpkin' located next to a pharmacy and bookshop just around the corner from Bar Street. I treated myself to poached eggs with homemade bread, bacon, tomatoes, fresh orange juice and Twinings Earl Grey Tea for $4. It was the best breakfast i have had since India. They also have a wide variety of pastries and ice cream cakes as well as a good selection of teas and coffees.

On our final day we decided to head to a swimming pool and found one in the LP called 'Aqua'. We paid $2 for a tuk tuk to take us there and were welcomed by a very friendly British man called John.
The pool was large and there is a bar next to it with music playing throughout the day, this ranged from chill out Ibiza to Opera! They were in the process of sprucing the place up, so i can imagine that in the near future it will look even better.

Ian in the pool

We paid $2.50 each for use of the pool and $3.00 for a jacket potato (it came with two small potatoes) with tuna, that we both thought was very reasonable. My only criticism was that the cocktail list wasn't great and the pool could have been a little cleaner.

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