We had asked at the hotel, if we could just check-out at 1 p.m. and they granted us that (the usual check out would have been at noon). It was another pleasant gesture from the hotel, which was especially excellent in its service. At 1 p.m. our driver Ngoy brought us and our luggage with his tuk-tuk from the hotel to the relatively nearby Siem Reap International Airport.
Everything went smoothly there. We were in the right lane (the quick one!) at the check-in and were happy that we had booked additional baggage, as we were well above the allowed 20 kilograms. The two older women at the line next to us weren´t that happy and had to start repacking, much to the growing dismay of a long qeue behind them. Disembarking was a quick process and soon we were sitting in the plane to Singapore. They only opened my friend´s bag, where I had deposited lots of sweets (“Gummibärchen”) – from Germany as presents for my family in the Philippines – they must look a bit strange, when they are x-rayed…
We had booked three nights at the Keong Saik Hotel, which is located nearby the Chinatown district. Finding a hotel in Singapore wasn´t that easy when we planned the journey – most hotels are ridiculously expensive and the cheaper ones often have horrible reviews on tripadvisor. The Keong Saik Hotel proved to be a good choice, especially location-wise. It´s nearby a lot of food stalls and the vibrant Chinatown and also the Outram Park MRT Station. The hotel itself was clean and modern. While the room was small, it was okay for a few nights. It was a bit strange, that we had to ask for and borrow the remote for the aircon at the reception. The flatscreen TV just had a handful of channels and the breakfast was a bit meager. But besides that everything was adequate. Considering the reviews of the other hotels in that price range in Singapore we were quite happy.
It was already evening and we were hungry, knowing my friends aversion to “food” (lol), I know I would have to fight a little to get what I wanted to eat. We walked past the Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple to the nearby Maxwell Food Center.
The Maxwell Food Center has an abundance of stalls, where we found a lot of food offerings, mostly of the Chinese variety. Even better were the drinks. We especially enjoyed the fruit drinks and had a Banana-Mango-Juice as well as Dragonfruit-Kiwi-Juice. At the walk home we stopped at a 7-Eleven to stock up our supplies and soon were sleeping at the hotel.