๐Ÿ›บ Road Trip - Steung Kach To Kompong Chhnang ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ Leaving To Phnom Penh Today ๐ŸŒ†

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We are on our way to the capital of Cambodia, with plans for shopping, dentistry, and hopefully a little fun too, but not without documenting the trip for Hive to help alleviate travel expenses.

Monkey-B In First โœŒ๏ธ

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ย  ย  ย Anytime we fly, drive, or ride, Monkey-B is always the first person to be found impatiently waiting near the mode of transport. We have needed to go to Phnom Penh for many months, but a 6 day a week school schedule makes anything more than an overnight trip impossible except for 3 weeks of the year when school is out of session. Writing that makes me realize I haven't been away from our rural province since I arrived back in Cambodia and bought the tuk-tuk.

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ย  ย  ย One thing I remembered to do was make everyone bring their updatable electronic devices. We pay per gigabyte on the mountain for internet data, so bringing along the pc, laptop, iPads, and phones on this trip will allow us to save probably at least $30 in phone credit. We prepped the icebox and a large trunk for the journey and hit the road, hoping to cover 250+ km and reach Kampong Chhnang, the last provincial capital before the beast, Phnom Penh.

High Voltage Picnic Stop โšก

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ย  ย  ย About an hour outside of our old stomping ground of Pramaoy, we pulled over for a picnic stop complete with a green tamarind sour salad bean curd skin sandwiches, and ice cold water. This section of the highway crisscrosses high voltage power lines that more or less follow the road, so I try and make sure any stops are not directly underneath or within the humming sound of these cables of instant death.

A Tuk-Tuk Hammock For Our Smallest Passenger ๐Ÿ˜Š

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ย  ย  ย On this trip I decided to put a hammock in the back to see if Monkey-B would be more comfortable, and she's used it a bit, but she said it hurts her chest, so not sure what that's about. I'm sure in the capital it will be a bigger hit when we're stuck in traffic or parked for long periods of time.

All Work No Play ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ

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ย  ย  ย Road trips aren't necessarily fun for me because I still have endless hours of ASEAN Hive work and a personal blog to manage, and that already consumes my days til the wee hours of the morning. During road trips all this daytime work potential is lost, and because my family still hasn't learned how to run ASEAN Hive yet, I have to end the day's travels at 4 or 5pm so that I can work online nonstop until early in the morning.

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ย  ย  ย We could've easily reached the capital in a day, but I stopped in Kompong Chhnang after 254 km to do ASEAN Hive work and make a post to alleviate travel expenses. We chose a hotel with wi-fi, and while the ladies were sound asleep, I updated all their devices and apps while I did all things ASEAN Hive. Even as I write this now, my ladies are waiting on the beds anxious to hit the road again because 10am is a late time to leave, but this is the best I can do given my circumstances. To be continued in Phnom Penh....

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I have only been on a fantastic road trip once, the rest wasn't great because I couldn't blend in with the people.

Doing this with the family brings a different vibe and takes the trip to a different level. I am sure you had fun despite trying to create a balance between Hive work and family time. Looking forward to seeing the rest post about the trip.

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Your country is very big, so I am sure there many opportunities for road trips provided you have the time. I have many Nigerian friends here in Cambodia, and they've told me the Bajaj/Piaggio tuk-tuks are popular there too. My family and I can't afford a car, and the transport drivers here are too wild and risky, so owning our own tuk-tuk is a good choice. Thanks for stopping by bro.

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There are lots of tricycles in Nigeria too and find it safe than using bikes. I didn't there are Nigerians in Cambodia as well, I guess we are everywhere.

It's a good means of transportation and owning that makes you travel safely.

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Sounds like a lot of fun @justinparke! Haven't been on a road trip with my family as my parents are too old to do it. Hope you guys continue having the best times. Safe trip always! โ˜บ๏ธ

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I've been begging my parents to visit here for nearly 13 years, but they've never come, and now I sense they are too old to do it, such a bummer. Well, at least we have a family of 4 to entertain ourselves, give thanks for the kind words my friend.

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I am waiting for your family at my rented house, which has a nice spacious room, upstairs for river view and many more rooms, you can choose as you like, but I have not cleaned yet. I hope you like it.

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It was nice to see you sister, sorry the house didn't work for us. Hope you come visit us some day in Steung Kach.

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very fun to play with beloved family

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I agree, and a little playfulness makes the road trip less boring.

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I wish I could ride tuk tuk one day. I really admires your family's bond. And your commitment for ASEAN Hive is stunning. Blessing for you and your family.

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Thank you my friend, come to Cambodia and you can ride in our tuk-tuk ๐Ÿ˜. Blessings to you also, and wish you a prosperous 2023.

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We are on our way to the capital of Cambodia, with plans for shopping, dentistry, and hopefully a little fun too, but not without documenting the trip for Hive to help alleviate travel expenses.

You know, I'm not sure I've ever expressed my admiration for you for not giving up and using the resources at your disposal to improve the life of your family. We all have our own things in life, but I really do admire you for doing what you can.

And you got to stay in a hotel! Oh man, I love road trips and hotels. My youngest received a gift certificate for a hotel stay because he gets such a kick out of it, too.

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Haha, don't know why, but I sleep so much better in hotels. I think it's because the mattresses and sheets are better than what we have at home, and plus we have no A/C too, so we love to make the room cold and sleep under thick blankets. We also have no hot water at home, so I pretty much take half-hour showers twice a day when living hotel life ๐Ÿคฃ.

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I like to ride that kind of vehicle. We called it baja here in the Philippines.

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There is Bajaj here in Cambodia too, Atul, TVS, and few other brands. Ours is a Piaggio, love it very much.

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