The hotel room doesn't look like the website...

Trip Start Oct 31, 2012
Trip End Dec 12, 2012

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Friday, November 30, 2012

So now I find out how this other bus service operates, as I board it at 6.30 am, destination Phnom Penh, the capitol of Cambodia.  When we check into the bus, they do a luggage control check-in that I find rather impressive.  (I've seen this done on previous trips, so I am hoping it is a reflection of my ride this morning.)  The tag your luggage, as if at the airport, note it on your bus ticket, then release the bags from the hold at the final diestination, but first make sure the tags on the bags match your ticket.  At 6.30 am, we leave, just as the hotel told me we would, and I should be in Phnom Penh in about 5  - 6 hours, depending on the traffic and the number of times we have to stop to pick up passengers and how many times the bus driver wants to eat. 

As I was getting ready to leave the hotel for the bus station, one of my bags hooked onto the handle of the nightstand.  As I tugged at my bag, the drawer opened, and inside was a condom.  I wonder if it was left by the hotel or the previous guest?  This is my second hotel in Cambodia, and the second one to have a condom in it.  My guess is it was left by the hotel.  After all, as a Buddhist country, what good is a Gideon Bible?  

The bus ride is uneventful, but parts of the countryside are just beautiful.  The journey takes six hours, as was stated.  I get pissed again thinking that the Siem Reap/Battambang leg is about half the distance than the Battambang/Phnom Penh leg, and took the same amount of time.  

I get to my hotel, once inside my room, I check to see if any condoms are available, but don't see any.  Maybe because they spent all their condom money on glamour shots of hotel rooms that don't exist!  My room looks absolutely nothing like what is shown on its website, which was what I based my booking on, along with the great reviews.  The other rooms I have a chance to look at look like mine.  The hotel isn't bad, but it isn't what i thought I was getting either.  The staff is okay, but much prefers to spend their time on Facebook or texting on their phone, as all of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and the other parts of Cambodia do.  It's like being back at home.  
Hsving to get up early two days in a row is very exhausting.  I crash at my hotel, the sightseeing can wait until tomorrow.
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