(The only thing that saved the chhaya from a worse rating was that he provided transport to/from the bus station for us - despite our late night arrival.)
I've travelled Cambodia for 3 months now, always staying at guest houses in this price range. The Chhaya's rooms/bathrooms are about in line with the others in this price range but that's where the similarities end.
1) this had the rudest staff of all the places I've stayed (the first rude Cambodians I've met actually)
2) most guest house owners can set you up on day tours for a fee. The fee gets you transport and entry to all of the attractions. This place set us up on a tour for a fee ($7 each...which is a lot of money here) but the fee included only transport. We were then taken to attractions where our tuk tuk drivers explained we had to pay fees to the "tourism police" to see these attractions. This is the first time in this country I have ever encountered "tourism police" and they forced us to pay prices that, in some cases, weren't even published in the city's own guide book or, double of the prices that were published there.
I felt scammed and did try to confront our tuk tuk drivers & the hotel about it but when I did, all I got was an argument, excuses and dismissal...and then the silent treatment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chhaya Hotel is located in the heart of Battambang city, quiet, comfortable and safe, a few minutes walk to Central Market. All staffs are friendly, intimate with English and french speaking. We offer a free transportation from bus or boat station to our hotel . room start from 3$, 5$, 7$ ,12$ Dormitory available! * Selling & Booking Boat,bus, Taxi ticket to every where * Tour Trip around Battambang,with good English speaking driver/Guide.(good price) * Bike tours with good English speaking guide (good price) * Vietnam Visa Service. ... more less
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