Making it up as I go – it’s the best way to travel.
That’s why I’m in a dusty, old, beaten up tuk tuk, as the unkempt driver negotiates the spotless driveway lined with manicured lawns and neatly parked BMW SUVs with attendant chauffeurs. Wearing a crumpled T-shirt, “camou” shorts, thongs, and a natty straw hat that’s seen more of the world than has President George W. Bush, I arrive at the prestigious, 5-star Hotel Sofitel Phokeethra.
A two-night stay in the Sofitel was a snap decision; a nice way to finish a month in Cambodia. I have a simple theory about travel luggage: “pack the minimum, and enjoy to the maximum”. So, my sparse collection is suited to exploring the alleyways of Phnom Penh, and lounging on the beaches of Sihanoukville. Not really for mingling with some of Asia’s most influential business leaders and development managers.
Hey, I’m happy with wearing comfy clothes, if others don’t like it, that’s their problem. But no hassles… the disarmingly charming check-in staff dismiss my haute couture concerns with a wave of the hand and a big smile. “You are here on holiday, so just enjoy yourself. We welcome holidaymakers as well as business travellers. So relax and enjoy!” Marketing Manager Alexia Brun tells me.
I’m not one to knock back good advice, so enjoy myself I do. Just look at that Sofitel swimming pool – it’s a good thing I packed my bathers…