Things were looking rather bleak. Our attempts to buy airline tickets from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Hanoi, Vietnam online had failed multiple times, and we wanted to fly out the next day. Nick and I trudged back to our guesthouse to see if the manager, Meang, could possibly help. His response?
“Sure, let me text message a friend who works in a travel office, she’ll reserve the tickets, and we can go over tomorrow to pick them up. It’ll be cheaper if we do it for you anyways. Does that sound ok?”
The next morning, Meang personally drove us to the travel agency to purchase the tickets at a 33% discount, waited until the transaction was complete, and then drove us to a restaurant he recommended for breakfast. After having the door opened for us to walk in, we were greeted by three smiling servers. The omelettes proved excellent, and each included a bowl of perfectly ripe exotic fruit, which wasn’t even mentioned on the menu.