After getting settled into my hotel room I decided to head out for supplies, read: water and beer. After some confusing conversation at the front desk that was starting to dash my hopes of getting liquid refreshment anytime soon, I learned there is a convenience store of sorts right next door.
On my way back to the hotel after picking up said required supplies, I run into my tuk-tuk driver from earlier. I’m not sure if he is stalking me, but it was awful convenient for him to show up like that. If I didn’t need a ride to town a restraining order might have been in order. Instead I made plans to meet him out front in a couple hours so I could go down and check out Pub Street and get some dinner.
The ride to and from Pub Street cost $2 from the Tara Angkor hotel. He drops me off on the corner and we agree to meet again in two hours for the return trip. I head off looking for a place to eat.
Now there are a lot of restaurants in this area, lots of local Cambodian cuisine as well as just about any other type of Western food you could desire. The bright Orange color of the Viva Cantina caught my eye and for some reason I was in the mood for Mexican food in the middle of South East Asia. I thought to myself, “how could this possibly be a bad idea?” I mean Mexican food in Cambodia, what could go wrong?
I grabbed myself a seat at one of the tables. It is an open air establishment with fans and a breeze to keep you cool. You get a good view of the passersby on the street from inside the restaurant. I ordered chips and salsa with a Margarita to start. The chips and salsa were surprisingly good and the drink was not too bad, but I opted to follow up with an Angkor Beer instead of having another.
I ordered the beef tacos for my main meal and once again I was surprised how tasty it was. If not for the tortilla falling apart it and forcing me to eat my tacos with a fork, it would have been perfect. My pictures below make it look like a sloppy mess, but take my word for it, when I tell you it was good.
After dinner I decided to explore Pub Street a little more. It was still early and the crowds were just starting to show up. This place apparently gets crazy later in the night when all the backpackers and party-goers start showing up and dancing in the streets. I’m sorry I missed it.
The famous Angkor What? Bar
After my two hours were up, I met my tuk-tuk driver and headed back to the hotel. I had an early getup in the morning to meet my guide at 7:30 AM.