Joseph the German, who lives in Pattaya, may qualify for the Guinness Book of Records
under the category of The Person Who Traveled The Furthest To Find An ATM Machine.
He blithely left Thailand, crossing the Koh Kong border, with a few Baht and his
ATM cash card as a means of support, and headed for Sihanoukville for some suds and
Running low on cash, he asked where the ATM machine was, only to be told 'Go to Phnom
He hopped in a taxi but discovered that his card did not work at Canadia Bank's outlet,
and so he turned around and took a taxi back to Koh Kong. He finally made it to Trat
town with 9 Baht in his pocket. Cash in hand, he headed back to the border and on
to S'Ville, where after a few belts he was only too happy to re-tell the tale.
** And then there is the guy who had to pay $30 to find the shower.
He checks into a $50 per night hotel along the riverfront but is a bit perplexed
by the bathroom as he wonders why the shower hose next to the toilet is only a half
meter off the ground.
What the heck! He figures he'll just give it a go and squats on the floor for a rinse.
All spruced up, he heads out for the night and comes back later with three hookers
He says they can use the shower hose next to the toilet, but it's a bit awkward to
do so. One of the women asks him why he doesn't just use the real shower behind the
opaque glass door. Ooooooh! Now he gets it!
He also got a $10 per person extra guest charge on his bill the next morning.
** The ADB Board of Directors Delegation that visited Cambodia from Feb 29 to Mar
4 issued a statement after their trip. Executive Director Paul Speltz said: "The
delegation was impressed with the commendable progress made by Cambodia in a relatively
short period of time and in a very challenging transition phase of its socio-economic
The ADB statement noted that "the government informed the delegation of its
strong commitment to reforms in its effort to reduce poverty and raise the living
standard of Cambodian people. Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen explained the Rectangular
Strategy of the Government, which forms the basis of the political platform for the
new incoming government. He noted that good governance is at the heart of the Rectangular
And that about sums it up.