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Siem Reap Day 4: Hotel 89, Pub Street, Old Market, Pub Street Alley, Chamkar Vegetarian Restaurant

I didn’t have any plan for my last day (day 4) at Siem Reap. Therefore I spent the morning at the hotel enjoying a ‘slow’ breakfast and later chit-chatting with the staff again.

This is what we had for breakfast (included in room rate). The breakfast consist of 2 toasted bread, 2 hams, 2 eggs, butter and jam, orange and/or tea/coffee and a plate of fruits.

It was simple and delicious! I don’t find eating the same breakfast for 4 continuous morning as boring if the food is delish. Hahaha

Let me introduce you to Hotel 89 a little bit.

Hotel 89 is ranked as bed and breakfast/inn (I called it hotel as I’ve no idea what else to call it hahaha). I found Hotel 89 at Tripadvisor, ranking #5 out of 106 in B&Bs/Inns category. I choose this place based on the reviews and ratings given by fellow travellers.

This is the road leading to Hotel 89. I was a little bit put off at first when I saw the dusty road. Don’t be. Hotel 89 turned out to be the jewel in a crown.

The room is cosy and clean. My only complain is mosquito.

Opposite this double bed is a tv, small fridge (below tv) and a desk. The shocking thing about this cable tv is that it has more channels than my Astro at home! LOL

The ahem… toilet is clean too. πŸ™‚
Slippers are provided as well.

The grand door leading into the lobby + dining area. FYI, there’s only ceiling fans here (except the manager/pc room). Don’t worry all rooms are equipped with air-conditioners. There’s no lift here, only stairs. Thankfully our room was at the first floor. Hehe

Left: This is the dining area where breakfast is served every morning.

Right: 3 PCs with wifi internet. Free to use. They also provide printing and CD burning services. Also in this room is the manager office. You can’t see it but it’s on the right side.

In summary Hotel 89 is a wonderful place to stay. At US$20 per night for a double room, this place is valued for money. They even go into small details like serving drinks & cold towels every time you return to the hotel (which is a blessing!), daily bottled water in rooms and we even have Cambodian bed-time story to read every night!

Other worth mentioning is the availability of tuk-tuk and car just outside the hotel anytime of the day.

What shines most for Hotel 89 is the invaluable and friendly staff and top notch services. If you ever go to Siem Reap, try Hotel 89. Highly recommended by me!

A short quote to sum up Hotel 89:

Every time I come back to Hotel 89, I feel like coming back to my home. πŸ™‚

Around 10am we head out to Pub Street again.

Pub Street is basically deserted from morning-noon. Come evening the crowds will start to build up.

A couple of fruit stalls by the souvenir shop. The oil paintings on the left… they’re pretty ya?

We head to Old Market again.

Spices and teas @ Old Market. Since I got addicted to lemongrass, I bought a packet of lemongrass tea and ginger tea.

Rice stalls @ Old Market. I saw one particular rice called Ginger Rice. I wonder how it taste like.

Waxed sausages @ Old Market. This is somewhat shocking to me. I thought ‘lap cheong’ is for Chinese only.

Amok Restaurant. Like the architecture and color.

@ Pub Street Alley. Love the buildings.

Wanderlust @ Pub Street Alley. This is a fashion boutique. Unfortunately pricey!
Wonder whether this Posting Box is in use or for decoration purpose.

BBQ banana… didn’t try. Didn’t dare to try. Haha

Can you see the 2 postcards with pictures? That’s mine.
I sent 2 letters and 2 postcards home. Cost me US$5.40!!! *pengsan*
Stamps for 1 letter is 3100 riels (about US$0.77)
Stamps for 1 postcard is 300 riels (about US$0.75)
The extra $$ is for their service.

I couldn’t find Siem Reap post office (passed by its supposed location according to map twice but nowhere to be found). Thankfully we have posting box here at Pub Street Alley (shop name is Paris Sete) and another one I saw at Angkor Market (supermarket).

@ Pub Street Alley.

Guess what? We had our lunch at Blue Pumpkin again. We ordered fried spring rolls (fresh spring rolls is better) and toasted aubergine, tomatoes and olives sandwich with of course Lolita drinks again.

After lunch, we head back to the hotel to pack our suitcase. In my case, my Deuter backpack. πŸ˜‰

We only went back out for our last dinner in Siem Reap.

We saw an English monk having his lunch here so we decided to try this restaurant at night. Hahaha

I like the black & white table setting.

Oyster mushrooms with basil and bean sprout @ US$5.00. Please excuse the blurry pict. Hehe
A delicious combination! Yummy O. Do try it.

Spring Roll @ US$3.50.
It’s nice but I prefer the one from Blue Pumpkin.

As always rice is complimentary.
Total: US$11.75 (inclusive of lime juice and coconut juice)

The next day, day 5 we woke up around 3.30am, had a very early breakfast at the lobby then off we went to the airport. Thank God AirAsia is on time. In fact it landed earlier by few minutes. Haha

Alright that sums up my Siem Reap travelogue (fhewww finally!).

Tsk! I can’t wait to go back there again. It will not be that soon though. Have another place in mind. πŸ™‚

p/s: Paid RM78 for my AirAsia flights. Cheap le? Hehehe

Here’s my complete 2010 4D/4N Siem Reap Travelogue:
Siem Reap Day 1: Khmer Kitchen Restaurant & Artisans d’Angkor (Part 1)
Siem Reap Day 1: Angkor Temples – Preah Khan & South Gate & North Gate of Angkor Thom (Part 2)
Siem Reap Day 2: Center Market (Phsar Kandal) & Red Piano
Siem Reap Day 3: Angkor Wat & Ta Prohm (Part 1)
Siem Reap Day 3: Bayon, Angkor Thom, Blue Pumpkin, Old Market (Phsar Chas) & Angkor Night Market (Part 2)
Siem Reap Day 4: Hotel 89, Pub Street, Old Market, Pub Street Alley, Chamkar Vegetarian Restaurant

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  • Reply tekkaus May 12, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    A beautiful place to be. πŸ™‚

  • Reply tekkaus May 12, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    The vegetarian restaurant looks so classy o.:D

  • Reply fufu May 12, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    yeah… US$10 for a double bedroom in phnom penh… and the geusthouse in siem reap was US$12… for me when i visited in June 2007… really want to visit again since i have friends there now… hohoho

  • Reply Che-Cheh May 12, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Tekkaus, I like Chamkar’s deco too but the restaurant is kinda small.

    Fufu, wooow the price has increased so much… 3 years nia. If wanna visit better visit fast lo… it’s the price I’m worry about… not so much about temples restoration. Haha

  • Reply Glo-w May 13, 2010 at 11:53 am

    lovely^^ thx for the virtual trip to siem rep^^ what camera do u use?

  • Reply Che-Cheh May 14, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Glo-w, thank you πŸ˜‰
    I’m using Nikon D80.

  • Reply foongpc May 17, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Wow! So nice la this hotel! Jam where r u? Should we change to this hotel instead? : )

  • Reply foongpc May 17, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    The breakfast looks so good! Simple and nice! Makes me hungry!!

  • Reply foongpc May 17, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Why are there mosquitoes in your room? I thought it’s air conditioned.

  • Reply foongpc May 17, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    BBQ banana? Should have tried it and let us know – be our guinea pig la haha!

  • Reply foongpc May 17, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Huh? Send postcards so bloody expensive? Then send letters and parcels sure burn a hole in your pocket!

  • Reply foongpc May 17, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Jam, we must go to this Blue Pumpkin! Already made a note of it! : )

  • Reply Che-Cheh May 17, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Foongpc, There were 1 or 2 mosquitoes only… no problem and not everyday la. Hehe

    I only received the postcards and letters few weeks after I came home. Service so slow. πŸ˜›

  • Reply lechua May 18, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    great set of photos….. i miss siem reap just by looking at them! hey and i passed hotel 89 quite a few times.. i stayed at central boutique angkor hotel (also from tripadvisor) as they were having some 4 night promotion – think it’s pretty close by. pub street and old market area is so colourful!

  • Reply Che-Cheh May 21, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Lechua, thanks. Looking at the map, central boutique angkor hotel is just along Hotel 89. Haha so near.

  • Reply jam May 21, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    This hotel is nice. I hope the one I book is as nice as this one! So, that sums up your Cambodia trip? You did not go to Phnom Penh?

  • Reply lex May 22, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    your photos look great!!! Man.. I want to go to cambodia too hahahahaha πŸ˜›

  • Reply Che-Cheh May 23, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Jam, Didn’t plan to go Phnom Penh. πŸ˜›

    Lex, really? I thought the later photos in my Siem Reap trip are not that great. Go la Go la Go la. Hehe

  • Reply fraulein July 14, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Hi Che Cheh. Thanks for sharing and the pictures are fabulous! I might be going there next month for a 4 day trip. May I know how much should one bring (excluding the flights and hotel)? How much did you pay for the driver? I still don’t know how to work out my budget, so really hope you would kindly help me. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Che-Cheh July 14, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Fraulein,
    I had about US$350 with me for the 4 days excursion. It’s more than enough unless you plan to go on a shopping spree. πŸ™‚
    For 1 day temple transport, I paid US$13 to the tuk-tuk driver. Half day temple transport is between US$6 and US$7. For them to take us to the city is about US$3.

  • Reply Dana February 24, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Just came upon your posts as I was researching Hotel 89 in Siem Reap, and wanted to thank you and congratulate you on the enthusiastic and detailed accounts of your travels. Wow! Your photos are really worth a thousand words!

    I am going (my second time back) to Cambodia in April, so it was good to read about places that I missed the first time.

    Coming from Montreal, my system will be in shock for several days by the humidity, but looking forward to see my familly again.

    • Reply Che-Cheh February 25, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Hi Dana, thanks. I would love to go back there for another round too. I missed quite a few things too. Your family is staying in Siem Reap?

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