In January of 2008, a group of close friends and I set off to the crazy, busy, sensory overload countries of Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia for a three-week adventure.
We were lucky enough to have fun, wild and knowledgeable guides that enriched our travels by sharing with us the stories that are not found in guidebooks and taking us through the back entrances of monuments to bypass tourists. Our guide in Thailand, Tong, shared secret stories about the Kind and Queen of Thailand that we promised never to share because she would be arrested for sharing the Kings scandals.
Naughty, naughty king...... Your secret is safe with us Tong!
This is mainly a photographic archive of our trip.
Later in the day, we made our way over to the Tiger Temple. Its actually a so-called "sanctuary" for wild animals but is famous to tourists because its one of a few places where you can walk next to and actually pet the tigers and have your picture taken with them. I had a huge problem with this!!! There are Thai monks here that care for and feed the tigers and they claim they are tame and friendly by keeping them sedated. Do they not know who Siegfried and Roy are!!!!! These are wild animals no matter how used to humans they are, things always go wrong at some point. I was so upset by the throngs of nasty tourists rubbing and petting and even trying to kiss them after being repeatedly asked not to. I had my camera at the ready to document an actual mauling. I actually hoped for it. Is that wrong?
Yes, of course it is.
The beautiful city of Hoi An on the coast of the South China Sea was by far my favorite city. The overly vibrant, loud, crowded and fantastically colorful city keep me out away from my group for hours, just me and my camera.