After a Year Living and Vagabonding in Southeast Asia Things Still Get Lost in the Mail

Been playing a game of find the package that was lost after it was checked in at Bangkok’s international airport and then disappeared from tracking completely. I waited for a few weeks and there was no word after early January. I thought perhaps it is taking awhile to clear customs. I was gonna give it a few weeks. Maybe it was stuck there waiting for a kindly customs guy to look at then innocuous thing I shipped. 

But I never got a message that I had to go to the central Post Office in Phnom Penh. Never heard a darned thing.  Finally after waiting and watching, I opened an international inquiry on it. The USPS found it sitting in the post office in Phnom Penh and it appears to have been there for a month. Waiting. Waiting for what? What the hell was supposed to happen? Anyways, I got that message back from the USPS investigator so I called some friends in Phnom Penh and had them call the post office and talk to them. They found out its status and what they had to do to get the package. Basically they will have to go to the post office and pick the package up. They have the package number at the Cambodian post office now. The mystery is solved.

The damned thing’s been patiently waiting for me for a few months now I think. I guess they had no way of getting ahold of me but the package TO address had the name of the people and address. I am not sure if that part got torn off or obliterated or whatever happened. When I hear back from Katy and Thin I will know. 

Life is always fun when you find the very few things that just require purchasing from the states. I always try to plan the ordering so the package has two weeks to get to me at my home base at the Hotel in Phnom Penh. FedEx will take about 7 business days. UPS about the same. USPS international takes months 🙂

In the end, it does not really matter because the package was found and I am not there to use the contents anyways. For me, its hard to find sandals or walking shoes that work for me. Once a year I have to order Merrill shoes but this last time I decided to order some Chaco Sandals to try them so I could alternate shoes. By the time I left for Singapore, they still had not shown up so I bought cheaper sandals in Phnom Penh. They lasted about 2 months and began falling apart. Deciding I still wanted some sandals that were rough and tough I bought some Birkenstock Arizona sandals in KL. They have taken about 3 weeks to break in but now they feel good. 

Meanwhile the saga of the lost and found Chaco sandals has been closed. My Khmer friends to the rescue. I’ll get to finally see them in June when I get back to the hotel.


Author: Michael Perry

I've been blogging for over 20 years and now am living in Southeast Asia. The blog is about my slow vagabonding wherever I want to go. My home base is in Cambodia but I'm rarely there.