Ever had the urge of being famous? Spend some time in SouthEast Asia and you get weary rather quickly of the attention you might be yearning for. There’s always someone wanting something from you; this can be tuk tuk drivers, beggars or even children selling post cards.
But what upset me most is children trying to set you up. Is their world so rotten that they already lost their pure heart at such a young age? I mocked a child trying to lead me into his scam of buying milk and confronted him. But I only thought he was a lousy scam artist to begin with, and just saw him as an annoying brat full of lies instead of the sorry boy he tried to be. Okay, it does take real art to fool me. I haven’t been set up once during my travels while all around me I hear crazy stories of other travelers.
But there are good people here! Every now and then you need to let your guard down to become aware of it. Those who just want to help without expecting anything in return. Or just be happy if someone provides the requested service without the hassle, something that can be rare at times.
So far I want to thank the following kind-hearted locals I came across with:
- Farmer in Kanchanaburi for the free ride, yoghurt and fruits,
- Superman in Koh Chang for helping me out and the ride,
- Dungz in de bus to Hanoi for leading the way,
- Van in Ninh Binh for borrowing your motorbike and going through the extra mile to help me,
- Mai in train to Da Nang for your smiles and Vitamine C,
- Hua in Hue for your kindness and inviting me to your home,
- Windy for sharing your story,
- Sokun in Angkor for just being honest, friendly and straight forward.
You guys already made the first part of my trip unforgettable!