14.02.2013 - 14.02.2013
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So after a lack of sleep last night, we were looking forward to a quiet room where we might actually get more than a couple of hours kip. Fail!!
After dark, the bugs emerged. Bed bugs! And lots and lots and lots of them!! Not knowing what they were at first, we tried to ignore them as best we could. Jo, however, couldn't get back to sleep after this discovery so spent a couple of hours online researching, amongst other things, these disgusting little creatures. I awoke at about 3am to find her huddled on a chair, iPod in hand, looking a little deranged. After she'd updated me on all her new found knowledge (of which I was certain was going to give me nightmares) we resigned ourselves to the fact that we'd have to spend the whole night in this room so would have to just deal with it. We shared the bed which looked the least infested and hoped for the best. Of course, neither of us slept very well, waking up every half an hour to find more of them crawling over us!
And surprise surprise, this morning we discovered bites. On me, a whole trail of them along my right arm and two strips down my back; and on Jo several on her legs. Totally totally disgusting!
We complained to the hotel staff. I even showed the receptionist our room, pointing out all the ones on the bed sheets that we'd squished in the night! We managed to score free breakfasts and a free upgrade to the fast boat today meaning that we'd get to Phnom Penh a few hours earlier than planned. Totally not worth dealing with bed bugs for though. Fingers crossed we don't come across them again on our travels! And apologies for the rant but they really were repulsive!!
After breakfast we visited a fish farm and a Cham village before sitting on the boat for two hours to get to the border. Following a lot of waiting around at the border, we boarded our fast boat for the three hour trip to Phnom Penh.
Once we had checked into our hostel we tried to find somewhere to go for dinner. Seeing as it's Valentine's day, we thought we'd make a little romantic trip to the nearest McDonalds / KFC / Burger King. No such luck! The area we're staying in is super quiet and a little creepy. But we did stumble upon a coffee shop that served pasta, so in we settled for a nice spag bol and some cheesecake! Happy Valentine's all :-)