S: Thailand: 2008 - 2010
FC: Thailand January 2008 August 2008 - April 2010
2: Wat Chaiwatthanaram In Ayutthaya, the capitol of Siam, this Wat, or temple, was built in the 1600's in the Khmer (Cambodian) style after Thailand sacked Angkor Wat. This Wat was then sacked by the Burmese, after which the capitol was moved to Bangkok.
3: Wat Niwet - a temple that looks like a church. | The Chedi and Saturday Buddha (my Buddha because I was born on Saturday) at the local village. | The White Temple - new and modern for the King - blindingly white
4: Step 1: Dig up the rice paddies - traditional: buffalo; modern: tractor | Step 2: Plant seeds in one small plot until they start to grow, then separate into rows in separate paddies. | Step 3: Watch it grow and take meticulous care of the paddy – keeping the right water levels, weeding, etc. | Terraced rice paddies - grow rice grow! | Step 4: The traditional harvest - beat the crap out of stalk, then separate the rice from the husk using these fans - a community effort. | Step 5: The rice is in the bags and the husks in the pile behind. There are now machines to make the work easier, but they are expensive so many areas still use traditional methods.
6: Community Service - Building a toilet block from start to finish at an orphanage / children's home.
8: Loi Kratong - a holiday in November celebrating the end of the rainy season and sending good wishes to the sky and the river. There are also lots of fireworks and it's awesomely fun!!
10: Around Changmai - city streets, street fruit sellers, local transport, the market, the King, and my motorbike :)
11: At work! The Barge, moving barrels, traversing, zip-lining, hiking, kayaking (my fave) and Thai kids
12: January 2008 - Field Course: Field camp in the wilderness, a tiger track (in the wild!!), our transport (yeah, super comfortable) and raggady-ass group of students, an orphaned tiger cub at a sanctuary, a GIANT fig tree!
14: The bridge over the River Kwai. | The largest waterfall in Thailand. | Old Buddha's at one of the old centers of Thailand.
15: The south of Thailand - the quintessential long tail boat photo and a jelly that had washed up on the beach. | Sunset at the beach and a ship that was moved over a mile inland (maybe 2 miles?) by the 2004 tsunami (this is near where the wave was largest).
16: Biking in Laos: our steed for 14 hours bumpy hours, Laos' Arc de Triomphe, a motorbike on a bus!! | The mighty Mekong! On the bikes, back at the border, a famous temple in Luang Prabang.
17: Biking in Laos - bikes precariously placed on a long tail boat, giant road markers, and waterfalls.