This place is a burning trash bag full of excrement and regret.
Upon arriving in January, we were happy to find a social atmosphere. In fact, let's be honest, I think that may be the only positive thing I'll end up saying about Angmoh. The worker at the front desk, who seems to be a traveler as well, had a relaxed air about him. This was fine for a check-in. We were offered a double bed for no extra charge, which was a nice gesture, and made our way upstairs.
The bathrooms? Subpar. The rooms? Muggy. Sure, that's fine. It's all acceptable to me. I expect that a budget hostel isn't going to be the cleanest, and sure, everything might be wet ALL the time. But this time, things were WAY worse than we could have imagined.
After about 20 minutes of being in bed with the lights off, my partner starts to feel itchy. Lights on, bugs scatter... Immediately I'm on high alert. I've experienced bed bugs before and they're a nightmare, but seriously, I'm so accepting of situations that I just want to talk things out with the staff.
I found the guy who checked us in and let him know our situation. "Oh, still? We just had the beds cleaned last week." Okay... Fine. But we're sleeping in a bed full of bugs. I could tell he was slightly annoyed, but I'm STILL tolerant. I'm still having a decent time. He put us in two single beds on the first floor, where "No beds have ever gotten bugs." Sure, then why is the first floor stacked with new beds?
Because our things were on the bed, we asked to have our belongings washed in order to make sure they hadn't spread. All I got was annoyance. Like it was an inconvenience. And I get it, that sucks to have to wash our things, but the staff could have been more understanding. Unless of course, they deal with it often...
When we go to retrieve our clothing the next morning, another guy rounds up our things. Half of our clothes weren't together, which is FINE, but when we go back to grab our stuff, it was either some of it was wet, or some of it was DRENCHED in... Gasoline? Something smelling of petrol. Many of our clothing was ruined when we left. Our laundry bag that was washed had to be thrown out, as it looked like it was laid in a puddle of gas. I honestly don't even understand how that could've happened.
And when we were given the laundry bag: "Is this yours too?" No apologies. No care. Just some real sadness and exhaustion. Everyone working there is disinterested in anyone or anything but themselves and a good time. They say it best on their chalkboard behind the desk: "You have to be a *blank* to work here." The only thing that saved our trip to Penang was changing hostels. We ended up staying in Ryokan Muntri hostel down the road, and honestly, it was bliss comparatively. If you want to have a beautiful trip, stay absolutely anywhere else.