I have been backpacking for almost a year now and have stayed in some pretty terrible places, but nothing can compare to my experience at Mao Pha Shok Guesthouse.
Within a few minutes of checking in I went downstairs to get a drink (they only had lukewarm greenish water available) and upon returning to my room I discovered that the door would not open. I found the owner and he told me that the lock has been broken for a while but they had forgotten about it.
He stood for over half an hour trying to open the door, and getting members of staff to try too. Nothing would open it. He then disappeared downstairs and came back with a huge machete before proceeding to hack the door handle off.
He managed to chop it off and open my room and told me that as the guesthouse was now full I would have to stay in this room. A room that would not lock. He assured me that it was perfectly safe but having read previous reviews of things being stolen and having no idea if the other guests were trustworthy, I was beginning to feel apprehensive.
As he left me in my room I closed the door and twisted the handle that was left on the inside to see if anyone could get in. It twisted uselessly in my hand and I realised that I was now trapped inside my room.
I spent the next hour banging on the door and shouting for help before anyone heard me and fetched the owner. By the time he had managed to get back in I had packed my bags and announced that I was leaving.
The staff member told me that the owner had left so he would be unable to give me a refund for the three nights I had paid for so I'd have to stay the night. I told him that I would be unable to stay in a room that is easy to open from outside, but locks me inside every time I close the door. I was supposed to leave the door open all day everyday?
He told me he had one other room and took me outside to another building. He then showed me the worst room I have ever seen in all my time spent travelling. The bed was dirty, dusty and covered in stains. There were stains on the walls and there were cockroaches running across the floor. The windows didn't have curtains so everybody walking past could see into my room and the fan did absolutely nothing but blow hot air around the room.
The room did not have a bathroom and there was an outside one that had cockroaches floating in the toilet and running all over the floor of the shower.
Realising I had no other option but to stay there as all the other guesthouses were now closed, I decided to get some sleep. As I climbed into bed a cockroach ran over my pillow and an enormous bug dropped into my lap. I brushed them onto the floor and as I turned off the lights I realised it was going to be impossible to sleep while I was feeling bugs crawling over me all night. I turned on the lights and decided to watch some TV shows on my laptop. I knew I would be getting no sleep tonight.
As it reached 3am and I still had been too afraid to sleep an enormous cockroach, larger than the size of my fist started flying around the room and flying towards my face.
I had had enough.
I left my room and went outside. I spent the rest of the night sat outside the guesthouse in the dark, waiting for morning so that I could leave. I would have amused myself by surfing online but the wifi I was promised the guesthouse would have was not available.
This is, without a doubt, the worst place I have ever stayed in and I would highly recommend that you choose somewhere else.
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