That February 3, 2014, Di, Rai, Yani, and I were reunited with Sadam as early as 5 a.m.. To the airport he drove us. Yes, time to say លាល្អ to Siem Reap. The first to check in for our flight, the four of us had extra time to enjoy the last day.
Desserts at Blue Pumpkin perked the sleepy us up. Perfect for another round of shopping. This time, the chums purchased Lok Lak spices, complete with recipes. Speaking about food, Air Asia offered free coffee for Yani and I just because the former's booked meal had to be replaced with a different one. The reason both of us, who happened to sit side by side, kept on talking throughout the journey.
At the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT), Rai returned to her place as Di, Yani, and I made our way to Alamanda for sushi and more conversations. Among the topics was our next destination 💜
Comfortable and affordable, but the latter came with a price 😉. Air Asia Go (a joint venture between Air Asia and Expedia at the time), to me, has been a reliable hotel search engine, but, after two incidents, I now doubt its credibility. Interestingly, both happened in Siem Reap. Overbooking, during peak period!
After the first incident, I was more careful. As the holiday approached, I, on behalf of my chums, directly e-mailed the management of Frangipani Villa Hotel II for re-confirmation of dates and room types. Their assurance was then forwarded to Di, Rai, and Yani.
Upon arrival though, the four of us were informed that only one twin room was available. To compensate for the problem, the hotel manager offered another single room. That, to us, was not a compensation; it was a fraud. The language barrier worsened the situation. Fortunately, Rai was tenacious about securing two twin rooms, as booked and paid. In the end, every single thing was resolved accordingly. No attached rooms as promised though, yet, we were grateful enough to be placed on the same floor.
No drama afterward, Alhamdulillah. In fact, the rest of the stay was pleasant. Cosy ambience, strategic location, and lovely spa.