Wednesday 23 May: an unusual day. Had a basic breakfast at the Orchidee; the flies crawling over the food that wasn't covered was enough to put me off so I stuck to what was covered. Mac just went for it and as he was finishing half a veneer fell away from his front tooth!
We checked out straight after breakfast as there was nothing to stay for and moved into the Beach Club Resort almost next door. We were given a nice room so I had a shower to cool off then sat on the bed to read. We'd put the air con on but it wasn't doing much, however there was a fan as well so we had that on full blast. Next thing I knew there was water pouring down the wall and splashing me, coming from the air con unit.
We changed rooms to next door - as I was collecting my stuff from the bathroom I noticed all the ants crawling all over our toothbrushes and bottles, thank goodness we were changing rooms!
We put the air con and fan on in the second room, again the air con was quite ineffective. We ventured out later and walked down Beach Rd, yes you guessed it, to the beach! But we took about 3 hours to do a few minutes' walk as we stopped off at three dive places to check them out and also had lunch (falafel) at an Israeli place. We found a huge hotel at the water's edge that had pretty decent rooms for $35. We may move again, as the power is knocked off once you leave the room and it may not be cold enough to sleep again tonight. And they've fixed the key so you can't take it cuff the fob and leave the vital part in the key card holder in the room.
We got a tuk tuk driver to take us to a dentist where Mac got his broken veneer fixed for $10 and I got my teeth cleaned for $12. We were both delighted with the results, you wouldn't know the veneer was broken and my teeth have not looked this good in many years!
We ate dinner at Nyam just across the road, really good food. Fresh spring rolls, meatballs with hot peanut sauce and Kampot pepper seafood plus a jug if beer for under $14. Truly excellent. We got chatting to the owner, a Londoner, and I may do another cooking class when Mac dives as they run them from here.
We also checked out some more hotels nearby, all were ok but the funniest thing was the hotel next door; great looking from outside and unusual but nice rooms, brand new, in fact so new that the corridors are still concrete awaiting tiling. But each room we were shown had either dead insects in the bathrooms (and big ones too) or live ones running around, cockroach type-looking things or long slimy millipede type ones. No thanks! What a shame though, otherwise lovely.
We've been back in the room an hour or so now with the fan and air con both on full - the room is still warm, we're both still sticky and the water that has been in the fridge all day is really warm. I wonder what the point of paying for air con and a fridge is as we're getting no benefit. Think we'll try a third place tomorrow. Maybe that big one near the sea.