January 28, 2012 § 2 Comments
Over the last year Saigon has been on this trend of opening up high end establishments. From what I’ve seen so far, most of them haven’t done too well. High end is not really my thing as it pains me to spend $10-$20 on a drink but, sometimes you gotta just step up and enjoy.
The Martini Bar at the Hyatt is one high end place that has now lasted over a year. If that’s your thing, definitely stop by Thursday through Saturday as there are some hotties.
Last weekend we did a little Bui run, then took a couple of girls to the newest hotspot in town, Chill.
Most normal local girls haven’t been to Chill, nor have they ever seen anything quite like it yet so if you’re reading this post with any timeliness, it’s definitely a way to score on a date as there is no doubt they will be impressed. The outdoor bar has an amazing view of the city and there are plenty of “corners” to snuggle up with your girl…
So if you’re willing to spend some loot to run some game, i suggest you grab your favorite massage or karaoke girl and Chill
December 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
As I was driving to Vung Tau (a local beach in Vietnam, not beautiful, but fun as hell) I threw on an old play list on my ipod labeled Gangsta… I know, I know, I grew up in the suburbs so I can’t say I know much about the life but… I must say, there is some serious wisdom found in the lyrics of the prestigious rap group known as the Ghetto Boys… See below…
For those of you travelling to SE Asia for the first time, looking for love, keep in mind one thing, you gotta let a ho be a ho… Now, that’s not to say all girls are hos, but, for the most part, if you are here on a quick hit holiday, you can be sure girls you meet know as much and will most likely treat you accordingly.
But that’s not really the point of my post!
Vung Tau has emerged as a pretty fun town for foreigners looking to get away and throw down some liquor and mack down some girls. The food is awesome, Be sure to check out David’s Italian restaurant on the waterfront if you’re looking to take a break from Asian food. The dude’s actually Italian and is there every day making home made past, tiramisu and some authentic pizza.
Christmas in Vietnam is surprisingly festive. Christmas Eve is quite possibly the biggest party night of the year, bars get off on dressing their girls in Santa outfits and there is actually some good deep fried turkey to be found at places like the Black Cat.
After an all nighter watching football, we decided to roll up to Vung Tau on Christmas day. It was a quick hit as work called but we did manage to get in a few spots. Here is the agenda I recommend…
Arrive Offshore 2 Hotel & Bar – $25 a night, big clean rooms, swimming pool and a cool bar with a few girls
Rex Hotel Massage – Right around the corner is the Rex hotel. Let’s just say you can get full serviced satisfaction in a pretty clean, massage type environment. (200,000 for the massage, 500,000 to 1,000,000 for the service.) On a cold night in Korea last year we were killing time before the club so we decided to venture into a full service room salon. Once you achieve that level of relaxation, gaming up civilians becomes much less intimidating. My boy KDizzle mandating that every night begin as such… nuff said.
Offshore 1 – next door to the Rex is another hotel/bar combo we like. Same owner as offshore 2, not as nice, but cheaper. Friday night bbq at 7pm is off the hook, 100,000 VND ($5) for a nice spread.
The 411 on Offshore 1 & 2 – Drinks are pretty reasonable. I buy bottles for around 1,000,000 VND ($50). You gotta be careful when you buy girl drinks though. The most economical is to buy the girl bottle which is about 200,000 VND ($10) more but that allows the girls to drink with you. Otherwise, drinks are anywhere from 50,000 ($2.50) a beer to 175,000 VND ($8.50). The girls will try to hit you up as that’s how they get paid. It adds up quick so i suggest going the bottle route or the beer only route. If you don’t buy girl drinks, you won’t be a popular dude. The girls aren’t too hot these days (note, it all changes from month to month) but it’s a great home base, pool tables, create your own music playlists, watch a game on tv… If you want to take a girl out, it’s 200,000 VND ($10) on the weeknights and 300,000 VND ($15) on the weekend. All this gets you is a date, from there the rest is negotiable. Some are pay for play pros, other are just looking for love in all the wrong places…
The Red Parrot – 6D Le Quy Don — These days the best talent bar wise is definitely at the Parrot. As with most bars in VT, there is a pool table, bar seating and lots of girls. The only downside to the Parrot is it’s a bit on the pricey side. Bottles are about the same as anywhere else but the girl drinks can add up quick. 155,000 VND ($7.50) for a cocktail. The hot ones will hit you up to get them a bottle of wine which is 1,100,000 VND ($55) to 1,300,000 VND ($65) per bottle. If you want to take a girl out, its a one wine bottle minimum. Like offshore, that just gets you a date, the rest is negotiable.
We def had fun. I hooked up with a cute little girl who went into this monologue on how she just wants love and was sad she was alone on Christmas. She proceeded to tell me that she felt like guys could never trust her because she worked at the bar. But she was just a normal girl who wants love… I took a look at her see through outfit, ass popping out of her g-string panties that were in full view and though to myself, you may not be a ho, but, you are definitely rocking a ho’s uniform, and that’s confusing (Dave Chappelle).
I ended my night at 5am holding hands with this girl on the beach. The beach is a trip… Some dude was selling seafood and drinks streetside and he basically set us up a little table and chairs on the beach. pretty cool… My night ended with a kiss on the cheek and about $200 poorer.
As I dropped her off, I was thinking to myself how much more expensive things are when you opt for romance over pay for play.
Sometimes you’re better off to just Let a Ho be a Ho…
Let a Ho Be a Ho — the Ghetto Boys.
There seems to be a lot of mother fuckers blind to the fact
That a ho is gonna be just that
And this type of ignorance is the very
Reason why so many niggas in the goddamned cemetery
Intelligence is on call
You don’t treat a ho like a queen who behaves like a dog
Are you the type who wont put a ho in front of a trigger?
Then you’re a ho assed nigga
Pound for pound
You knew the ho when she was fucking the whole town
She fucked you and gave your buddies a blow
But your trick ass fell in love with the ho
Tried to change her, make her be an angel
You keep putting your damn life in danger
Frontin’ niggas about that slutty ass trifling crow
You gotta let a ho be a ho
Here’s something that I’d like to know (what?)
Why you take that ho, everywhere you go?
You walk around the club wit’ the ho in front
Tryin’ to keep up with that nasty assed cunt
You say you’re captain, but yo’ ship she’s sinkin’
As soon as you turn your back, the ho is blinkin’
Winkin’ her eye at another nigga
But you got her locked down, so you figure
Ho wears your jewelry every goddamned day,
But nigga, you just got the ho on display
Wouldn’t let her be herself, cause you’s a goddamned wimp
Now you know why hos date pimps
She’s a rhinestone freak 5 days a week,
But you get mad when niggas pop on her ass
Goddamned slutty ho, the bars are loaded
Don’t try to change her
You let the ho be a ho!
Shes a ho, (D how the fuck you know?)
Every time I see the ho she’s with a new negro
Shes the type of ho that’s bound
To wear shorts up her ass when your friends come around
Shes the kinda ho that’ll make you cry
The kinda ho you have to call before you come by
So why you wanna kill when she says no more
You ain’t the first to be dumped by a goddamned whore
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Crazy motherfuckers fighting over hos
Stealing for their asses and jumping out of windows
If a ho wants out I let her stank ass go
Cos I’ma let a ho be a ho
Now do y’all follow me so muthafuckin’ far?
Hell yeah. I remember I was with this ho named Kim.
Let her use my car. Bitch went to go see another nigga. I damn
near killed that ho!
I fucked that ho, man!
You a mutafuckin’ lie!
I ain’t bullshittin’! Didn’t I, Bushwick and Red?
Dj Ready Read:
He went up in that bitch, man!
On the for rilla, my nigga.
Akshen, I’m telling you man…
I fucked that ho before you even knew her
Made her pussy go brrrrr when I stuck my dick to her
I knew she was a ho the first time I met her
So I got another ho and took them to the other level of the game
Got them high as a kite
And fucked both of those hoes that goddamned night
Then I sat back and relaxed
As they 69ed and ate each others cats
I dropped them off at home
God damn look at this shit my wallets gone
The hoes beat me but I left it alone
And used that shit as a stepping stone
I played it off the next time I saw the hoe
I just laughed and fucked her ass some more
She licked my ass and sucked my balls
And if I see her right now I can get some more
You gotta let a ho be a ho
Yeah, buddy. Willie D ain’t gonna let none of these hos
get him down. I ain’t cryin’ or dyin’ over none of you hos. I
ain’t buyin’ you no leather. I ain’t buyin’ you no suede, no
jewelery, no contacts, Lee Nails. I ain’t buyin’ you no hair, no
makeup, food, none of that good shit!
Tell ’em D!
You gotta let a ho be a ho.
May 15, 2011 § 2 Comments
I had read a bit about Cebu City. if you want a “directory” style review of all the nightlife, I found a great site – http://www.cebu-nightlife.com/ — The only thing I wish is that this guy made it easier to see what he really likes to do… You basically have to look through all the entries to figure out which spots might be ok.
When I first looked at that site, I thought Mango Road was going to be something like a mini- Angeles City or even P. Burgeous street. But… It’s not. For a beach town though, it was a pretty fun little place.
I only had one night there so we basically bounced up and down the street peeking into each spot. For the most part, they are all about the same. The only bad experience we had was at a place called Love City. I was reading the review on it here just now and it cracked me up… He said “The clientele is mostly Japanese and Korean, you don’t see a whole lot of foreigners in there.” Last I checked we were in the Philippines so that would make Japanese and Koreans foreigners…
Anyway. The KTV at Love City probably would have been fun, the girls were cute, seemed pretty cool and the price wasn’t too bad. Keep in mind, Cebu is pretty cheap, so when you read other reviews, they probably consider a $100 tab expensive when, for me and two other guys, we still consider that cheap… Problem here though is they try to rip you off… They told us there was a bar minimum of about $50… Bottle was about $50 so we said sure. But then, they wanted to tack on another $40 for girls drinks even though they drank out of the bottle. I was pretty lit already so we just took the bottle and left. I had to take a leak real bad, couldn’t find the bathroom so I just relieved myself in one of their many VIP rooms! I figured my overpriced bar tab could cover their cleaning fees!
Now… onto the good! We had some awesome Italian food, and a real good time at Sisters, Eric the Red, and Vikings. By the time we ended up bar fining some girls, I was so wasted that i can’t even remember which one of the above it was from. The consistent thing i found was that it was pretty cheap (bar fines were 1800 pesos or about $40), drink prices weren’t bad and the girls were pretty friendly everywhere. Being based out of Saigon and having spent a lot of time in Manila, I’d say these girls were average at best. Coming from a guy that has had many hot girls, I’ll take average with fun personalities any day of the week.
We got out of the bar with two girls each at about 3am. One of the girls mentioned clubbing and for some god-forsaken reason, i thought it to be a good idea. We crossed the street over to Mango square and went to the first club we found. They hooked us up with this cool balcony VIP area for 1500 pesos $35 US (1 bottle). We partied with our six girls, taking turns getting lap dances and regular dances with all the girls. They were fun… One of my two gave me a hand job while the other one fed me appetizers!
My boy 69 (he’s 6’9) and I decided to go up onto the elevated dance floor and dance with some of the civilians in the joint… at one point it was just the two of us and about 15 girls (literally) alternating grinding on us. It was fun… So fun that when we finally left the sun was out. I’m not talking about red sky sunrise, i’m talking about all out bright sun was up! Red Bull and Vodka makes me sin!
Turned out one of my girls was bi-sexual which was the first time I’ve had a threesome with that added benefit…. I HIGHLY recommend it!
May 9, 2011 § Leave a comment
I’ve decided that work really is not worth me neglecting my beloved blog… URL might be moving soon, but will keep you all posted on that.
What’s amazing about Asia to me is you can go to the quietest town with a population of 2 and still manage to have a damn good time…
Over the last few months I’ve had an interesting phenomenon occur. Business is going ok, I’ve got some great managers in place now, so I’ve found myself with a ton of time… I started using my time to work out more then screwed up my shoulder so for the last few weeks I’ve just been feenin things to do. It seems like a great problem to have but i realized it can get quite boring when you’re friends are all working!
Three days ago I got a call from my homie from Korea. He found out he had a couple extra weeks vacation and decided that since there was a direct flight from Seoul, a Cebu trip was in order… I looked at it, decided since Pacquiao was fighting, the NBA playoffs was on (the PI has a 24 hour basketball channel) and I love the beach, I might as well just join him!
One thing I really hope to do with this blog is remember my experiences and point you in the direction of places that don’t suck. I say that because my buddy was reading up on Maolboal and some blogger wrote it’s the spot to drink – dive – relax – in that order… Well, if you’re thoughts around drinking are sitting around 4 small bars listening to drunk expats tell stories about how facebook, twitter and microsoft are all branches of the CIA (this is no fucking joke! I listened to this guy swear he can produce proof that CIA operatives run each company and he proceeded to liken Bill Gates to a figurehead along the same lines as Ronald McDonald).
I digress — So to put it in a the proper perspective, Moalboal is a place to DIVE – RELAX – DRINK. The diving is awesome, it’s a beautiful place to relax, and you can have some drinks at the bar.
With that said, I have had a blast for four reasons:
1. I’m here with one of my best friends in the world. We don’t see each other much and this place has given us a lot of time to chill all the way back, have some drinks and talk shit… The 2nd day here we started out for lunch at the 7 Sins bar. After our lunch, my buddy’s dad showed up and ordered as well. One thing to keep in mind about this place is it moves SLOW. If you are from NYC and expect fast service, I suggest putting in a mouthpiece to keep from biting your tongue as it’s not gonna happen here. Pop’s lunch took about an hour to arrive. 2 hours later, we were still at 7 Sins, shooting pool, talking shit, and one bottle drunker!
2. There is something to be said for small town fun. I think there are 4 bars here, maybe 5. The Beach Bar, 7 Sins, Chili Bar and Pacitas. Each bar will have 2-3 average girls and, possibly one above average girl working. Each place we hopped into on Friday had a fun, chill vibe. By the end of the night, we’d met every diver in town who likes to drink, we met every girl in town who works at the bars, every bar owner, and we managed to meet a group of nurses who popped in from Cebu city. The common denominator with EVERY person we met is they asked us, are you going to the disco tomorrow!
On Saturday night, Pacitas does the “disco”. It’s literally a one night a week club night. spectacle. It’s actually a decent (for small town standards) club night with two rooms, DJ and beautiful deck overlooking the water. So we checked it out and EVERYBODY was there… There is something to be said for a town that’s like a family. How many places will you go in your life where the owners extend tabs to strangers and offer to go out and change your money for you?
3. Everybody needs to relax. If you are one of those types who are running on 90% most of the time, take 2-3 days and come to a place like this. The water crashes up against the side of the hotel room, there are no cars, the food is excellent, and there are hardly any TV’s in town.
4. No matter where you go in Asia, you’ll always find some girls 🙂 Now, I can’t claim that a bagged a Jessica Alba look alike, but, I can say, if you want to get a little something something, it’s there for the taking. You’ve got two choices, game up a cute nice girl who works behind one of the 4 bars and take advantage of the fact she’s hoping for marriage (not my favorite thing to do for morality purposes — yes, those of you who don’t like prostitution should really evaluate your other options for one night stands as it’s not often you meet girls who are simply down for that without carrying other hopes and dreams) , or… Wander around late at night (watch out for the lady boys) and magically, they appear! The first night I was so hammered that I barely remember how it all went down… But, basically a tranny was trying to pick me up, I said no thanks, asked for a girl, and there she was… She wanted me to go back to some room but I refused as even in a place like this you never know. So we went to my hotel (Sevedra Beach Resort, no TV as an FYI, 1800 Pesos a nigth, oceanside), had a little fun, and she was on her way…She asked me how much, I suggested 2,000 pesos and she was happy as could be.
The next night was even worse than the first from an alcohol perspective. We took down a bottle of $5 rum, had a grip of vodka red bull, tequila, jaeger, and then some Apple Rum at the DISCO! whoo hoo… man from what i remember it was off the chain (mild sarcasm). But, on the real, it was pretty fun. We met up with our diver homies, saw the nurses, met some girls from Denmark, made out with one of the girls from the bar, hung with a family, i mean literally, everyone was there. By the end of the night, my buddy had a plateful of pork skewers and i was hemmed up by this girl I’d been dancing with for an hour. She wanted to go back to my room so I obliged….
FULL DISCLOSURE, my recollection of her was that she was NOT cute… When all was said and done, she was ready to go, i was damn near passed out and she asked me to give her some money. Two problems with this, one, I had to lecture her on the business ethics of full disclosure. Two, I had no money! One thing to know about Moalboal is that there are NO ATMs within 1 hour of the town. Only the hotel takes credit cards. Being the sweetheart she was, she offered to extend me a line of credit for 1000 pesos. (this made me realize i was far too generous the night before with the other girl)
Sunday came and it was the Pacquiao fight. Worst fight I’ve ever seen due to Mosley running around the ring the whole time. If you come to the PI, keep in mind two things, they are very religious so Sunday is a quiet day unless you’re somewhere like Angeles City. When Pacquiao fights, it’s like a national holiday… So, we couldn’t even get a car to go get money from the ATM! Sunday afternoon, the restaurants kindly extended us a line of credit and we will be sending money back with the driver…
What a place…. I love it, and am also glad I’m leaving after 3 days as I’m a city boy at heart!
Stay tuned – We’ve got a big night planned in Cebu City tonight!
June 30, 2010 § Leave a comment
I think it’s a sign that I’m just not really meant to have kids! Between my mischievous ways, notorious travel habit, and sense of selfish irresponsibility, it’s probably just not going to happen. This past weekend, with my friend in town we headed out to Phnom Penh. The last ten days were just brutal so I really haven’t written as much as I liked. The ten day agenda went something like this — Angeles City – 2 days, Manila – 2 days – Saigon 3 days (1 day was rest) – Phnom Penh– 3 days. Each day was somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 shots of vodka (rest days not included).
I did my best to rally hard for Phnom Penh, being the end of the adventure with my friend from the US. We pretty much hopped every bar on streets 136 and 8 but just ended up at my usual spot, the 69 bar. I wish i could post my boys pic on line as he literally was getting a 10 hand massage (that’s 5 chicks for those of you still trying to get by 2nd grade math). I snuggled up with three of the same girls I hooked up with on my last trip. We bounced around for a bit, ended up back at 69 where I proceeded to bar fine 4 girls for $28 to head to the club. This time we checked out a “hi-so” club (my local buddy’s phrase for high society) called Platinum. Bottle of Smirnoff was still only $40. Other liquor was all pretty cheap as well. If you’re like me and enjoy clubs and the GFE(girl friend experience) the bar/bar fine/clubbing route is not a bad way to go.
Back to the kid… We were supposed to leave after two nights but the bus was packed and I was seriously hung over after two straight nights with the same agenda. On the way back to the Lux Riverside, I got a text from a girl by the name of Leak from the Rose bar. After lying in bed for 2 hours motionless, I decided some pizza with her and her sister was a good way to go. Be forewarned fellas who haven’t traveled much, girls from the bars look a LOT different when you meet them at night than they will when you see them the next day. Liquor, lighting and make up are a man’s worst enemies when it comes to scouting talent! We met up with the girls at Sorya mall and got a couple of pies at the Pizza Company. After that, the girls wanted to head upstairs and play some games. Another FYI — if you want to make an Asian girl happy, load up your iPhone with a bunch of games, suggest playing games at the mall, and have a nintendo wii back in your room! It all started out harmless enough with some air hockey. My friend played Leak’s sister and I just observed. After the first couple points, a small crowd of kids and adults had gathered around to watch this big ol black dude and tiny little Cambodian girl battle it out. When it was my turn to play, we got to just a couple points each when the puck slid off the table. The cute kid in the pic picked it up, set it back down, the proceeded to grab the paddle out of my hand. I looked across the table and, same same, his homie straight jacked my girl without a word being said… Gangsta. I thought about throwing down but my head was still buzzing from the night before and i really didn’t want to get my ass kicked by an 8 year old.
Next up was the roller coaster… well, sort of. The girls talked me into these $4 tickets to some “game” as they called it. I thought it was some crazy shooter or something and didn’t pay much mind, well, it was a damn roller coaster simulator! Drinking 8/10 nights and pizza is a BAD combination to pair up with a roller coaster simulator… 3 minutes later I was thanking the powers above that we were on the way back to the hotel to watch TV as she suggested. 3 sessions later, she was headed home in the morning and I was on the way to the car we rented and feeling much better! And… she didn’t even ask me for money! Amazing, there is love in the world. Being the nice guy I am I still dropped her a $50 and told her to buy her mom something cool.
Moral of the story, girls will like you a lot more if you actually have fun with them, even if that fun comes at the expense of your man hood being jacked away by an 8 year old!
June 22, 2010 § Leave a comment
I really wanted to meet normal girls, other than my hot ass receptionist from the hotel named Jewel, so we hit the hot spot known as the Fort which is home to a few high end hot spots like the Embassy night club. On a Monday night though it was like crickets over there. We did stop and get a quick drink and some dessert at Cafe Puccini which is some awesome food. I’d been to the Fort a few times before but it had always been on the weekend and always was pleasing to the eye. Sadly, that was before my blogging ambitions so I don’t have much about those nights documented.
Figuring there was no chance to meet a good girl on Monday night, we decided to head out to Asian Entertainment. Of course, taxi drivers are the ONLY people who can’t really speak much English in Manila so we ended up at the wrong place! Being the easy going guys we are we decided to try out this Edsa International Entertainment Complex. For those who have been to Thailand or Singapore, Edsa is very similar to Nana Plaza or Orchard Towers (fondly known as the four floors of whores). Edsa is a nicer version of the “gogo bar” / mall concept. Three years ago I was so shocked when I first laid eyes on Nana Plaza. Now, it just all seems normal. Being my last night in Manila, I definitely wanted to throw down so I started doing double Vodka Soda drinks with two little cuties named Rose and Rita. We popped into 6 or 7 spots and they all are really about the same. Music is a little different, some are slightly themed, some bigger than others, but at the end of the day, this was really nothing special. If you want to see a write up on all the bars, this guy seems to have done a pretty good job here.
Eight shots in I was pretty lit and having a good time with my two new friends who, surprise surprise were professing their love to me. My doubles were running 360 pesos ($7.50 USD) and the girls drinks were 190 Pesos ($4 USD) so my bill was going up pretty quick. Typically when buzzed i like to talk business so I had my little cutie told me some of their economics:
- Girls make $150 a month salary
- Girls keep 50 Pesos per drink ($1)
- Typical tip is about 100 Pesos ($2.50) — I never tip less than $5 an hour personally…
My boys were both bored so we decided to seek out our original destination. Turns out it was only a few minutes away so our cabby made out with the 100 pesos he was asking for. The first thing that struck me about Asian Entertainment is they were VERY serious about cameras, taking not only my camera, but all of our cel phones as well. The mommy seemed really friendly at first explaining the various fees, showing us some girls, talking up a storm. That quickly went south though as after we ordered a bottle and had our first drinks they brought us receipts to sign, one being for 1950 Pesos for a cover charge, which, they neglected to tell us about. At first I was a bit heated and wasted 7 minutes of my life lecturing the mommy on customer service and full disclosure… TIA though (this is asia) and, at the end of the day, there is little to no service, they are out for the moment not long term business relationships so, you just have to throw your hands up, realize they have you by the balls and you’re about to get fucked.
So, I did what the 48 Laws of Power author Robert Greene recommended, turn your enemy into your ally. Realizing we were pot committed having opened the bottle already, I pulled the mommy aside, gave her a 500 peso ($10 USD) tip and told her that I understood what she was going through and that I hoped she understood me. It worked like a charm. One of my friends was too irritated and went home, 1 bottle later, my other boy and I were lit and mommy was bringing over some of the hottest girls in the place. Since they took credit cards, it was on… 2 hours, $300 and 1 karaoke room later I was banging this dime and loving every minute of my decision to befriend mommy. We closed the joint down and mommy (Julie Chavez is her name) hooked us up with her personal cabby who ended up taking care of us through til our 7am flight.
I HIGHLY recommend Asian Entertainment if you have the money to spend there. The service was amazing. With a dime on each arm, I didn’t even mind the guy massaging my shoulders then asking for some tip later.
The night ended with me first trying to get a mobile unit from P Burgos to give me a blow job in the cab on the way to the airport. She agreed for 1000 Pesos ($22 USD) but the cabby was a bit hesitant as it was light out and the cops were out! I was totally lit still when we rolled into the airport, hitting on custom officials and fellow passengers with no discrimination for age or beauty.
June 6, 2010 § 2 Comments
Man, the only way to describe the last weekend in Phnom Penh is ROUGH. It all started with a bottle of Hangar Lime that we easily downed half of prior to even getting to the city. For those who haven’t tried Hangar Lime Vodka, you really should. I’m a connoisseur of sorts having spent 7 years in the night club business and, I can confidently say that hands down, it’s be best
Back to the trip… This time we took my car to the border and my buddy picked us up. In the past I have taken the bus, Mekong Express, for about $11 one way which really wasn’t a bad experience. Can’t really beat a road trip with the fellas though with your own beats bumping. It’s about a 5 hour trip including a short stop at the border, 6 hours if you go by bus. Flying from Saigon to Pnom Penh is an option too but, that’s gonna cost you a couple hundred bucks at least.It’s one of the few SE Asia flights that is still expensive.
I stayed at the Lux Riverside hotel which is about 1 year old, SUPER nice for only $30. (correction, $35 to $40 now) I haven’t stayed anywhere else in Phnom Penh and i don’t really have too much desire to try. It’s that good. The Lux is located right by the water and on a street with a bunch of expat bars. My two favorites are Oasis and 69 bar (correction, Dream 2, Club Blu and down the strip, Rose). Oasis is much more mellow, 69 can get pretty wild going into the night. Stay away from Candy Bar unless you like ugly chicks and super sleezy tourists. Our first stop was Oasis where we did a little $2 happy hour action. Oasis was pretty chill as always, chatted up a few of the staff, then headed to a karaoke bar called Star Palace. This was the first time i’ve tried Karaoke in PP and, from what i remember it was pretty fun! Girls were cute, definitely more expensive. As with most places, girls were pretty much all take home. $50 bucks was the going rate which, is about double most places. My friends ate as well and said it was pretty good, especially liking the Chicken Wings.
I decided to bar fine my girl. I don’t remember the cost but, what i do know is that 2 bottles of Jack Daniels, food, and bar fine came out to about $175. Next up, hopped in the Tuk Tuk and headed to the Naga World Hotel and Casino to a live music bar called Darling Darling. Watch out a little for the Tuk Tuk drivers as they always try to charge you more. Always ask the rates first, then offer then about 1/2. The Filipino bad was good as usual, we got a nice little table and a bottle of Sky Vodka. That bill was about $80. Yeah… this night money went fast.
At this point is was only about 11pm so we went to a club called Heart of Darkness. Two level place, pretty crowded. There is no cover charge here and i think the drinks were reasonable. My buddy met some tourist girls so, we ended up doing some tequila shots which was probably the end of me. This bar was full of girls, most of them prostitutes was my guess.
I’m thinking the influence of Red Bull kept us going. My buddy wanted the not so sweet variety from the US so he was pretty psyched that I’d brought a couple cases over. Somehow, with three more girls in tow, we ended up rolling some Tuk Tuk’s down to a place called the Prime Lounge. Prime was nice, but, pretty quiet. It was fun for us as the DJ played whatever we asked and we had our own company. For any desires beyond that, i wouldn’t recommend it.