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Published: January 19th 2018
So in the not-so-cold light of day the hostel has a few drawbacks. In the bathroom basically everything is hanging by a thread, including the actual door, although it’s better since Sam had a go at it with my Swiss army knife. Now we can close the door. Hanging up the washing line was a challenge, without all our smalls and the fixtures crashing down. There were 3 handy nails in the bedroom wall holding up ridiculous hessian bags with twigs in them, aka decorations. Sam also hung her v big washbag from one. It stayed there for 24 hours, then fell offf and we have lost the nail, after trying to bash it back in with her shoe.
We booked in October through booking.com and the price included breakfast. Bargainous! They’ve since stopped doing this, and I had to show them my confirmation several times. They still didn’t seem super happy about it, but produced a menu, one food item and a drink. The choice was quite good, Sam had a really acceptable omelette and baguette, I had pork noodle soup which was huge. Both had tea and a ‘shot’ of milk between us. We do like a shot!
We were disturbed in the night, both by jet lag and a pile of drunken idiots from the dorm opposite who got back around 12.30, shouting and screaming outside. Why do drunk people seem SO funny to each other and SO not to anyone else? One of their crew slept in one of the hammocks and his buddies found him this morning and had a hilarious time waking him up. We also found it funny as it was daytime, not sleeping time. All their shoes were outside the dorm until quite late, we really wanted to bang on the door and get their lazy, hungover arses out of bed.
The weather forecast is very, very disappointing for the next week, rain everywhere nearly every day. We talked about changing our plan and going somewhere entirely different but as we already have 2 flights to Bangkok on the same day and so definitely won’t be on one of these, it was just ridiculous, so we will have to sit it out in the rain somewhere. So where best to sit it out? Our next destination was going to be Kep/Rabbit Island but that would be horrendous in the rain.
We at least need WiFi. So we are going to bypass it and go straight on to Sihanoukville on Monday, and stay on Otres1 for 4 nights to wait for it to cheer up. Then we’ll have enough days to go to Koh Ta Kiev as well as Koh Rong, first checking the former out on a boat trip. Mixed reviews about it. You have to trek through the rain forest to get to some of the accommodation, huts on legs with no windows. Hmmmmm.........
Yesterday we both lost our water bottles in the space of an hour. I left mine on the plane and Sam left hers in the taxi. What a pair of numpties!
We walked into town as it was cloudy, took about 45 minutes. Apart from the first bit the pavement is nearly finished now. There is a huge new hotel called Seashells still being built, which has ousted the old night market, although this still exists, relocated to towards the river. Went to Buddy’s (also relocated) for a chill and drink. Nice place, great WiFi.
Went to the beach when we got back although it was dull. None of it is private,
in theory, but parts have been taken over by resorts with their sun beds and a restaurant set up their chairs and tables around us. We were disappointed to note that the drunken idiots from last night are still here - we looked in one of the dorm rooms and only one bed was occupied, so we hoped they’d gone. Now sober, they are still not amusing! We asked about booking our ticket to Sihanoukville. As the crow flies it’s only 64km away. Overland and sea it looks like being a long and uncomfortable 20$ worth. Apparently, not all the ferries are running, so to get to Sihanoukville as early as possible we have to leave here at 7am, and still don’t arrive until 6pm, with a long wait in the middle. The other option arrives at 8pm, as we may well do too. None of the accounts online of the journey are encouraging, As flying is out of the question we will just have to do it, then our only other overland journey will be back to Phnom Penh to fly to Bangkok.
Back to the beach for dinner tonight. It poured with rain but we were undercover.
All the tables were taken. My Christmas-loving family members would be pleased to see that many places still have their decs up, Christmas trees outside in the elements, lights on and twinkling in the rain!
We have everything crossed for some sun tomorrow. It will be the first we’ve seen since we got here, bar the odd glimmer!
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