Thailand

I’ve always loved to travel. In fact I plan on traveling much more in the future. In fact I’m going to set my life up so I can travel for a few months at a time. I am busy most of the year. But December through February is my slow time. So I hope to be able to travel around the world doing volunteer work. Photographing poor families that don’t have all the benefits we do. It is so great to experience other cultures. My recent trip to Egypt really made me realize how much I enjoy that. I’m posting some images of a trip I did a couple years ago with my son to Thailand. As you will see from many of these images,so many smiles from people that have very little. It’s so inspiring.
I’m not one for tours. But before this trip to Thailand I was looking for an adventure vacation. I did some research on the internet and came across this great company called Backroads. I’m so happy I did. This company operates all over the world. They take you off the beaten path for much of the trip. You really get to experience the people and their culture. This was a mountain bike tour. We mountain biked all over Northern Thailand.
I would highly recommend this company to anyone. Be sure to check them out.
www.backroads.com
They even used one of my pictures from my trip with them for their 2007/2008 Exotic Escapes Catalogue. They used it for the cover.
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When we first arrived in Bangkok we read about this floating market. Very cool place.
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This woman was selling these birds to be released. They say if you release them it brings you good luck.
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Riding through the farms
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I needed to rest. Most of our rides were around 60 miles a day.
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My new friends
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Time for an elephant ride
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Travis found a new pet
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This is the shot Backroads used for the cover. I turned it sepia.
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While riding through a small town I came across cock fighting
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Towards the end of the trip we ended up at the Golden Triangle.
We crossed over to Myanmar which used to be called Burma
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This was our transportation around town.
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4 Responses to “Thailand”

  1. Mark Cafiero Says:

    That’s so awesome. I have been annoying Jenny by talking non-stop about how next late fall I want to hit up Singapore (for more of a luxury stay at the Raffles Hotel (http://images.travelnow.com/hotelimages/h/SIN_RAFF-exter-1.jpg) it’s pretty amazing and this thing is in the front: http://www.alisonandtony.net/images/Merlion1.jpg

    Then, a second leg, over to Vietnam. I hear you can ride bikes and rent vespa’s and tour all of Vietnam, eat great food, experience the culture and they are very American-friendly.

    Finally, end the trip in Thailand. I initially thought it would be cool to trek back to Indonesia but I hear it’s a bit sketchy right now. I have never been to Thailand though and it sounds amazing.

    2008 is going to be a really great year. You are a huge inspiration!

    Hey, what are you doing, posting about non-wedding stuff! Nobody cares about that! Isn’t that what you told me? ;-)

  2. Mark Cafiero Says:

    P.S. I love the idea of doing missionary kind of work, too. I know people who have done that, lived in huts and ate mush, and came home a better people for doing it. Feels great do reach out and lend a hand to those in need. Great stuff Jim.

  3. amanda heer Says:

    What an amazing wonderful trip filled with great memories for you and your family!
    When will the great coffee table book be out?
    I would like to pre order now!

    Hug’s from Your biggest fan!

  4. Thailand Travel Lover Says:

    Great post. Thailand is Heaven, isn

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