Today we found an amazing breakfast place just across from our guesthouse. For two people, you get a full breakfast buffet, omelet bar included, for only $7 USD total. I only wished we’d found it sooner.
We checked out of Babel at 11:00 and headed across town to the Dancing Frog guesthouse where we’ll pay a modest price for a modest room. $12/night (half the cost of Babel) and closer to pub street. I’ll be clear here, we would have paid triple for a place like Babel in the US but we’re not in the US and in order to make this trip work, we need to stick to our budget.
Three doors down from our new place is a bike rental shop. We were able to rent old cruiser bicycles for $2 total and they even threw in 2 bottles of water, bike locks and a map. We attempted to take our ghetto cruisers through the temple park but we were turned around at the gate since our passes were all used up and we were unable to schmooze our way in.
Mad Murphy’s is about as Irish as you could expect an Irish pub to be in the middle of Cambodia.
The owner was extremely nice and the food was pretty good (we shared a french fry sandwich) but if you don’t serve Guiness, it’s not a real Irish pub. Sorry, I didn’t write the rules, I just call ’em as I see ’em.
*****side note from McKayla: they did have Jameson which is good enough for me!****
The owner was a sweet Cambodian lady married to an Irishman with a gorgeous daughter. We talked to the owner for a while. She informed us, among other things, of the practice of bleaching. Asians bundling up to avoid the sun or in some cases using chemicals to whiten themselves. You hear that white people, and all your tanning nonsense, there’s a big portion of the world trying to get whiter. I guess the heart wants what it can’t have.
We took to pub street to enjoy the ridiculous happy hour deals. Many of the places have happy ‘hour’ from 11am until 9pm. The one we choose, Angkor What?, had 5 dollar rum buckets. How can you turn down a 5 dollar rum bucket? I don’t know either, but speaking to you from the next day, you should definitely turn down 5 dollar rum buckets. This is our second chance at local liquor and its just not worth it. Sure, Mekong whiskey (we later found out the Mekong whiskey is known as ‘a bottle of beat the wife’ and may contain some questionable ingredients) and coke will only cost you a dollar, but if you’re going with liquor here, splurge on the brand you’ve heard of, this shit is the stuff nightmares are made of.
Other than the taste of the rum and the following days after effects, we had a great time. We played drinking games with some other tourists from the U.S., Canada, and Denmark; apparently kings cup is a universal language. We ate some drunk spring rolls and played on a 4th story half pipe at the X-Bar before calling it a night. Night on the town for 2 people – 15 dollars. I love Cambodia.