Recently engaged and fresh off the plane, we stumbled towards a waiting taxi, and zipped towards our hotel. We were very excited for the Retreat Villa, especially since we had splurged for a suite for only $15 per night.
To our dismay, the taxi dropped us off in front of an abandoned building. After a quick walk around the grounds and inside the hotel, it became pretty obvious that this place had been abandoned for awhile. The doors were all wide open, there was sludge in the “mediation pools” and nobody to be seen, except for two Cambodian teenager girls lounging by the grown-over pools, just watching us and giggling. Oh well, on to the next.
We started walking down the dusty street towards town. Luckily, after half an hour in a quick-mart with free wifi, we found another place with availability. It was expensive (for Cambodian standards) at around $70 a night, but we soaked in all the luxurious details we could get.
A stop by the local markets was in order, as was the biggest bowl of noodles we could get our hands on. The Night Market is a lot of fun, if you’re looking for something to do after a long day of hiking.