Accepting The Blessings The Road Gives Me

Lovely-Travel of a nomadic dad - around the world family travel with kids

So we are in our last days in Cambodia. After heavy considerations, we had decided to leave noisy Sihanukville to enjoy some quite time in Kampot before leaving Cambodia to Vietnam.  The prices of everything just got increased due to Christmas and New Year. More of a reason to screw the happy and the wealthy tourist. Yeah!! We don’t like it. we stay in places for a long time and we experience change of seasons, change of years, and all local holidays. And when there is a “good” reason, the prices go up – we don’t like to pay more than we need. So here we are, moving on to the next place – Kampot.

Lovely-Travel of a nomadic dad - around the world family travel with kids
Kampot amazing market

We were concern paying a lot in Kampot due to some rumors that most places are fully booked and all prices are ridiculously expensive. Brief online checking prove it be correct. We expected to pay at least $20/night for very simple and crowded room. Regardless, we decided to go and put our good faith in the universe. The universe had treated us well for two years on the road and there is no reason it will not now…
So we take the bus which turn out to be a tiny minivan. We drove for 4 hours crowed in this so-called bus like bunch of cows delivered to the local butchery.  We had worse (like the ride from Turbo to Monteria in Colombia).  Finally, we had arrived to Kampot and the van stopped in a narrow side street. They always stop near a co-partnered hotel or guest house. Many travelers, if not have reservation elsewhere, arrive tired and end up booking in this place. I used to think this is slummy and not fair. I used to feel that the bus company trick us to. I use to hate it. And as the van is pulling to park on this street, a group of tuck tuck drivers jump on the side of the van, all holding a laminated poster of the guest house they are representing. Each poster presents beautiful picture of the the outside and of course the inside of some of the rooms. No need to mentioned that we never found the room to be even closer to the pictures presented to us 🙂

Lovely-Travel of a nomadic dad - around the world family travel with kids
Lovely-Travel of a nomadic dad - around the world family travel with kids
The nice ‘pimp’ is loading our 7 backpacks into the tuk tuk

So as the van is pulling to park and even before we opened the doors, we felt this enormous pressure from these hostel-pimps. We were terrified to get out and face they aggression by THOSE people. Bus as soon I stepped out, something had happened to me. Something good – some kind of enlightenment. I suddenly could zoom out and see that these people are actually here to help us.. yes, regardless on their financial motive, they were here to give us options and directions. So I get out and have this sensations, (keep in mind that at this point, I am surrounded by 5-6 pimps screaming all over and competing for my attention). I calmly smile at them and ask them to back up a little so I can remove our backpacks from the van and take a breath. I was smiling the whole time and Gabi was really surprised by my reactions we she knew the stress we both felt up on opening the van’s door. After all family and our ‘stuff’ were out, I filtered most of the pimps and debated between the two. We went the one that felt more honest and had a better smile (with Kampot River View Guest House).

Lovely-Travel of a nomadic dad - around the world family travel with kids
Lovely-Travel of a nomadic dad - around the world family travel with kids
Great people you meet along the way

This driver had offered a room, huge room, with 2 king-size beds, private shower, on the river!!, and cable TV for only…….$6. Wow! We asked “what is the catch?”. I don’t think he understood my question. He said if we don’t like, we don’t pay for tuk tuk. Fair enough. I told the other tuk tuk driver if he wants to wait, he can but we are not back in 20 min, he should keep hunting his next client.

Lovely-Travel of a nomadic dad - around the world family travel with kids
Lovely-Travel of a nomadic dad - around the world family travel with kids
The river view balcony (up) and the big and simple room (down) of Kampot River View Guesthouse

We arrived to the place and of course, the room was not as nice as in the picture but it was great. it was a great deal for $6 a night for the whole family. We spent like 8 nights and we loved every moment.
athe road as they are her to teach us something or give us direction. And from now on, when the bus stops next to a hostel, I truly appreciate it. And before we arrive to a new destination, I hope that all these annoying drivers/pimps will be there to give us some options. I like them and I like that someone else can work for me.What else can I ask in life?
After all, this is a win-win situation!

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