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Dead Fish Inn at Siem Reap

Posted by soonmeng on 8/6/2006 at 16:53


Can anyone provide feedback on Dead Fish Inn? Profile says that it's unique and weird. Do you guys agree? I'll be travelling to Angkor Wat, so am shortlisting some good guesthouses.


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Posted by Roving_Roo on 16/6/2006 at 20:10

I've heard mixed reviews about the guesthouse, the original one is not ment to be so good, but they do offer a free haircut!, and it is very budget orientated. They also own the newer Phuket hostel in the alley behind bar street though, and those rooms are priced up to $16, so not so budget. I've not seen any of the rooms though, and I'm not sure what budget you are travelling on so maybe I'm not too much help!

The Dead fish restaurant is fun though. Funky atmosphere with lots of different options for seating... reclining on cushions, sitting on the floor upstairs (no shoes allowed!) or seated at tables. Their crocodiles are fun to feed, although my boyfriend has a habit of getting a bit carried away and the tongs always end up in there as well. The apsara dancing is ok, the girls and boys do the same every night though, so not the most heartfelt of performances. Food is ok, but I rarely go there to eat.

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Posted by pony76 on 30/6/2006 at 20:02

I've been there for a week in april 2005. It is a very good guesthouse. Actually after I saw many of them around Asia. Food isn't that fine, but there are plenty options around.

Rooms are basic to a little better than basic. But there are a few without windows, and thinking about the temerature in cambodia you should ask before you take a box without sunlight.

But I sure can recommend the Dead Fish

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Posted by Laura_B on 30/6/2006 at 21:50

I went there for a meal in Feb this year & had a lovely time. Quirky, fun and interesting restaurant. There was some traditional Khmer dancing then some Filopinos girls singing, great fun! I can't comment on the accomadation though sorry.

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Posted by siemreap on 29/7/2006 at 19:47

DEAD FISH is somehow good, good food, nice music and great structure but what I dont like about it is the smell from the crocodile farm in the building.

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Posted by reneeinjapan1 on 10/11/2006 at 06:11

I stayed at the Dead Fish two years ago. LOVED IT!!! Loved everything about it!! Even the smell of the 86 crocodiles. I stayed in one of the rooms without windows. That was a little scary at first. But I sprayed the room with holy water, and slept like a baby. I did have a little lizard for a room mate. We became friends and stayed out of each others way. The bar/restaurant is great. I only eat breakfast there and drank lots of beer. Service was wonderful and everyone was helpful and friendly. Going back for Spring Break 07. Staying at the Dead Fish. Can't wait to go back.

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Posted by Vintage on 13/11/2006 at 17:00

I stayed at Dead Fish guest house a month ago, in a little $5 shoebox room for those of us with tight budgets. As shoeboxes go it was very comfortable - clean, fan, working ensuite, not overly hot. No windows, but I didn't go to Siem Reap to look out the window either. Staff were really friendly, though the moto/tuktuk driver that was recommended by the front desk wanted to charge about double the going rate for a short run out to the temples.

I did check in on the other rooms and they were much nicer, ranged from $8 to $16 I think, with all the mod cons like windows. It's a nice central location too so I'd say it's good value.

Note on food: their dinners are great, usually bustling, so go there in the evening, at least for a drink to check out the feel of the place. But skip the breakfast and go elsewhere. Even though guests get 50% off on breakfast, I thought what I paid was too much for what I got.

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Posted by Manticore on 13/11/2006 at 21:25

Cant comment on the Inn part, but the restaurant part was nice enough. I thought the multilevel seating was "interesting". The location of both Inn and restaurant is perfect.

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