The Worst Hotel Ever
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Arrggghhhhâ€¦ This morning began with Lori pissing me off! Iâ€™d packed up to go the previous night, but woke to the sounds of packing at 6:15am >.< I got up and thumped her, and with her now unconscious, I slept until the 8am bus pick up time. At least thatâ€™s what happened in my semi-conscious head as I made an attempt to snooze/daydream. In all fairness, she did he best to be as quiet as possible, and sheâ€™d certainly tolerated frustrating moments where Iâ€™d been at fault (several times) in the past.
This day was about to enter a second frustration when our passports were taken off us on boarding the bus. This turned out to be not optional and we were forced to pay an additional $5 for the privilege of them filling out a simple form for us. I donâ€™t think I would have minded at all if it was included on the initial price, but I couldnâ€™t work out if it was the company policy, or the more immediate bus staff pulling a scam. A lot of people argued about this, and my feeling is, it was a scam, but in realistic terms what can you do? I chose not to time waste, pay up and get through immigration with a fraction less fuss. I didnâ€™t thank them for this, but there wasnâ€™t much a knowing stare can do when theyâ€™ve got there way. Any feelings of guilt Iâ€™m sure are quickly dispelled when they are enjoying that extra income.
The bus ride took a total of six hours, and it didnâ€™t take us long to find a decent hotel. Actually thatâ€™s a lie. After being totally surrounded (actually channelled to walk through) a cluster of tuk tuk drivers. We felt very claustrophobic and the price offered seemed a little unfair, so despite the heat, we walked to the hotel weâ€™d chosen using Loriâ€™s map reading skill, and the Lonely Planet. It stank (not Lori, Phnom Penh) like a sewer everywhere.
The next part of the frustrating day came when we got to the hotel. Now I donâ€™t often complain or write reviews about places Iâ€™ve stayed. I think on the whole I chose places that are what you expect for the price. They arenâ€™t difficult to find, and offer low/no advantage over other similar priced ones close by, so often I feel a review is unnecessary; this is NOT one of those times! Iâ€™ve never written a negative review before, but this will be a first! Itâ€™s also going to be my first review I send to Lonely Planet as a request to correct their published bs. It was horrible here and one of the lowest points of the whole trip. I had a better time being bed-bound and ill with sunstroke.
After the shite the hotel served up and called it a meal, I remained very hungry and so we went in search of somewhere of better quality by the Tonle Sap lake. We eat and felt a bit better, but in absolutely no rush to get back to the hotel, went in search of a few bars and some night scene. There wasnâ€™t much, but stayed out for a little while for a few drinks before battling for bed space with the ant army.