A recent letter to the editor warned against the use of the Cambodian postal system
because of lax reliability. I regret to say that our experience with Transindo has
been about the same at a somewhat higher price. Several months and several faxes
after using its dollar-a-letter service, we realized that some mail simply had not
arrived. In addition at least one letter delivered to me had been opened and then
taped up. As a test, a colleague of mine sent a letter to himself through their system.
All it had to do was to get to Thailand and back. That was mid-October and there
is still no sign of it. Finally filled with frustrated indignation we headed for
the manager's office to voice a complaint. He was not there but we saw a lesser official
who I have to admire for his honesty, charm and totally deflationary approach. "Don't
worry," he said, "exactly the same thing happens to me when I use the company
to send letters to the USA-it all goes to Thailand!"
So my advice to all who want to send letters out of this fair land is to scrounge,
beg, plead, and grovel at the feet of those who run their own mail-bag service or
are traveling themselves. It's the only safe way!