Thinking of going to Sihanoukville? Don't bother!! Unless of course, like us, you are after a visa for Vietnam. In which case, try and get in and out in a day and avoid wasting your money on accommodation.
The Aquarium charges $10 per night (minimum) and when you think of all the other places you have stayed on your trip for the same amount, you will be asking yourself what parallel universe this is!?
Everything is damp, which is usually understandable when by the sea, but here everything smells too.
There are no mosquito nets and the lights flicker when they are switched off, so we had to remove the lightbulb when we went to bed. (Those with epilepsy take note!)
We were woken at the crack of dawn to dogs barking and one was sat on the table outside our room when we opened the door.
The worst part was when we asked reception where the Vietnamese Embassy was, the lady owner adamantly told us there wasn't one in Sihanoukville and they would need to organise the visas for us. This was a blatant lie - hundreds of people come though here for same day visas and so we got a tuc tuc to the Embassy and did just that. When we got back and showed her the visas she claimed she had no idea about the existence of the Embassy (!!?) How can you trust them with anything after this?
I could go on, but I think you get the idea and if you are wondering why it's called Aquarium, there is a muddy tank in the bar with a small, lonely puffer fish, unlucky enough to be plucked from the ocean, now spending eternity bashing its head against the glass!
- Also Known As:
- Aquarium Hotel Sihanoukville