I still can't believe I am being paid to do this!!! I have been working for 2 months now, doing a lot of training and running trips on my own. I have been through Cambodia a couple of times and through northern Thailand, Laos, and north to south in Vietnam. I will continue to work in these 4 countries and will be seeing a lot of the same thing over and over again. I think the best way to show everyone at home what I am up to is to share my pictures. I will try and describe them the best I can. I have been trying to work on my photography and have been playing with some black and white. Unfortunately I lost about 300 pictures in a transfer I thought I did, but I seem to have lost them. When I get back to Hoi An next month I will go to the computer to see if miraculously they are still there... but no hopes.
Life on the Mekong
This picture taken in Chao Doc, Vietnam shows a boy on the back of his boat that he lives on.
There is a very local market in Chao Doc. As I wandered through I saw a guy who was receiving the traditional treatment of Cupping which is supposed to improve blood flow.
As in my past travels, I still seek out markets. I took this picture in the market in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Bus or boat station?
May is the beginning of rainy season in Cambodia. This is a picture of our bus in the parking lot to the bus station at the border from Thailand into Cambodia. Luckily the driver "swam" to the boat and brought it close so we stayed mud free.
The road from the Thai border to Siem Reap in Cambodia is one of the worst roads around. Rumor has it that a certain airline has paid the government NOT to pave the road so that the airline will get more business on the Bangkok to Siem Reap route. I don't doubt it by how bad this road is and by the fact that all the other major roads have now been paved!!
We had to wait 2 hours for this bridge to get fixed. Not much to do except wait in the hot sun. Welcome to Cambodia!!!
How would you like to ride on this?
This picture is of the first group I lead as an Intrepid Tour Leader. There were 12 people from 9 different countries. This was taken in Bayon temple at Angkor Wat.
Directions for using a Western Toilet
One of my favorite signs I have ever seen!!
Haggling with the salespeople
Difficult to get away from the people hawking their wares when at Angkor Wat. Oscar (one of my passengers) had a hard time saying no.
Angkor at Sunrise
Had a pretty good sunrise at Angkor Wat. Almost worth getting up at 4:15 am to see!!!
I have been experimenting with black and white photos.
Angkor Wat in B&W
Gives it a different look in B&W.
My first time to this temple. It is about 30 minutes away from the main Angkor complex.
Lake Tonle Sap
Took a boat ride on Lake Tonle Sap outside of Siem Reap in Cambodia. This lake massively increases in size during the rainy season. There are many floating villages on the lake, with the main source of income being from fishing.
5 on a bike
It is amazing what you can carry on a motorbike. This one is carrying a family of 5 in Cambodia. I actually saw 6 on a bike but was not quick enough with my camera.
In Phnom Phen in Cambodia, we have a guide working for our company named Rarn (in red). He is my age and lived through the Khmer Rouge times. He invites Intrepid groups to his house where he has 44 people living under one roof for dinner. This provides added income for his family and gives a great experience for the passengers to get invited to a local's house and have the opportunity to ask any questions they want about local life and about the history of Cambodia and its people. A truly amazing experience!
A trip to Halong Bay in northern Vietnam.
This lady hung out near our boat in Halong Bay trying to sell all the staples we needed to get though one night on the boat. These included water, oreos, beer, sodas, ritz crackers, choco-pies.....
Sunset on Halong Bay
Notice the pagoda on top of the rock formation on the left.
Vietnam sells a local fresh beer called Bia Hoi. It is brewed daily and shipped to local Bia Hoi bars. If you look at this sign on the right side it say Bia Hoi for 2000 dong (there are 16000 dong to 1 US dollar!!). Cheapest beer you will ever have!!!
Hue Motorbike Tour
Took a motorbike tour through the rice fields of Hue, in central Vietnam. Other than it being a really hot day... we had a great time.
B52 bomb boat
If you look closely at this boat, it is made out of the bomb casing from a bomb launched by a B-52 during the war. I had a chance to ride in one in Laos, but unfortunately those are the pictures I lost.
I am sure you have all seen the typical cone hats that are made and worn here in Vietnam. This lady makes them by hand (and what makes it all that more interesting is that she is missing her right hand). She sells them for approximately 20,000 dong each ($1.25 US) and can make 3-4 a day.
These are incense sticks drying in the sun before they are rolled in a material that is burned.
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