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Honesty applauded

Honesty applauded

Whilst returning to Siem Reap from a trip to the Vietnamese floating village, I lost

my wallet at Chong Khneas. We were getting rather shaken up in our moto taxi and

my wallet was dislodged and fell into the road, although I did not realize this at

the time. The wallet contained all my credit cards and over 100 dollars.

On discovering the loss we stopped and within minutes a Mr. Mom from the village

cycled up and told us his nephew Mr. Sok had found a wallet.

We were invited back to their house where a beaming Mr. Sok met us. He was absolutely

delighted to have been able to help. The wallet was returned, the contents intact,

and no reward was sought. Thankfully one was eventually accepted.

I cannot stress how much we were impressed by the courtesy, friendliness, and honesty

of these villagers. That these values remain after all the suffering is a hopeful

sign for the new Cambodia.

Apparently Mr. Sok is employed by Diethelm Travel as a boatman. I hope they appreciate

what an outstanding young man they employ.

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