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Four SE Asian scams to watch

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Four SE Asian scams to watch

16 Comments 05 January 2012

Scams just come with Southeast Asian travel. In fact, two of the most common scams in general happen immediately after leaving the airport usually, over-priced taxis and taxis selling a particular hotel.

But don’t let scams stop or ruin your trip. Some of the scams you hear about don’t even exist and a lot don’t happen very often. The truth is that most scams only set Western travelers back a few dollars and a few actually make for a good story.

Nonetheless, it’s not a subject that should ever be taken lightly. Travelers should always make themselves aware of possible scams so they’re prepared to handle the situation if it happens. Rather than preparing you for scams I’ve heard of, but never seen in action, here are four I’ve run into and the best way I found to tackle them.

Made up services

The scam:

I’ve written about my adoration for the Philippines on several occasions. Part of the reason why I like the country so much is, because it’s off the tourist trail, a bit rugged and untouched. But with untouched also comes undeveloped tourist services. This is a great thing for intrepid travelers, but something that allows for a lot of scams.

Twice I’ve seen random people actually write down a price on a piece of cardboard, expecting an arriving crowd of tourist to start dishing out cash. Once was for a fight that was actually free, but a random guy started telling everyone it costs 20php. Next was for a ferry service, which just needed to be negotiated for a more reasonable price. Both these experiences added a lot of character to my journey

What I did:

Basically I just said no. With the fight it just seemed ridiculous. It literally looked like a guy straight off the street jumped into an old collection box. Unfortunately, all the Filipinos at the arena started to get in on it too and urged us to pay. Okay, when have you ever been to a sporting event where fans were actually forcing other fans to pay?

In the case of the over-priced ferry service, well I have Lonely Planet to thank for that. In Southeast Asia on a Shoestring, LP authors wrote about this exact scam in the exact place it happened to me. They wrote to only accept a certain rate. So that’s what I and a band of five or six travelers did. In the end, the cargo boat took our offer.

The moral of this story is to ask around, read up on the area, stand your ground and don’t be foolish.

Recommended accommodation by taxi drivers

The scam:

Taxi drivers are honestly the biggest scammers EVER. Not all drivers are caniving, but in pretty much every corner of the world a taxi driver has and will take advantage of tourists in more ways than one.

A taxi scam method I noticed a lot in Southeast Asia was drivers recommending or even forcing accommodation on their passengers. I wrote about this happening to me on my first day in Southeast Asia. It happened even more forcibly in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

After a day of driving from 4,000 Islands in Laos to Siem Reap, Ric, my boyfriend and I arrived at the bus junction in our destination city exhausted. On the bus journey there we met a woman who owned a hostel and arranged to stay with her. That may or may not have been a scam of its own, but we promised to go with her anyway.

Then we arrived at the bus junction to dozens of determined drivers. We tried our hardest to stick with our girl. We came so close too. She stuck us on a tuk tuk, instructed him to go to the place that was mapped out on her business card. However, as the tuk tuk drove away from her, the guy in the cart with us started talking about some place different. “It has a pool” he said. “Close to town,” he told us. We kept saying no, but  we really didn’t have any choice.

What I did:

We were exhausted and knew nothing of the town. So Ric just yelled, “Take us wherever, but we’re not paying for this ride.”

We didn’t pay and luckily the guest house they delivered us to was amazing and cheap. It even had a great pool.

The moral of this story is that when drivers recommend accommodation, it’s not because they’re being nice. It’s because they’re receiving commission. If you have reservations already booked, talk with the driver about where it is and what their price for the ride is prior to getting into the car. That said, sometimes it is literally impossible to get out of this situation, but hey, it might work out for the best.

Tuk Tuks in Thailand

Our tuk tuk in Bangkok brought us to a tailor en route to our destination. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

The scam:

This is probably the most-talked-about scam in Southeast Asia. There’s a reason why so many tuk tuks are just hanging out rather than driving people places in Bangkok. They are a guaranteed scam. That said, this scam is actually an experience.

I read and heard about the tuk tuk scam long before I arrived in Thailand. Passengers board a tuk tuk giving the driver their destination. Driver says sure. Halfway through the drive, during which he’s absolutely lovely and personable, he says, “I know a really great shop where you can buy one-of-a-kind Thai gifts.” Enthusiastic traveler thinks, “Amazing, take me there now.”

However good or whatever this shop turns out to be, the driver only took his or her passengers there, because he’s getting a commission.

What I did:

Since I knew this, but wanted to go for a tuk tuk ride just once in Bangkok, I planned to board one when I had nowhere to be. My boyfriend, a friend and I were straight with the driver and said, “We know you’re going to take us wherever, this is all we’re willing to pay to get to our final destination and we most likely won’t buy anything from wherever you take us.” He asked us to just look around the tailors he would take us, so we promised to do so.

Great ride, great conversation, then we arrive at said tailors. The salesmen inside were all over Ric. “You buy suit? We have nice suits. You like this suit?” My friend and I just laughed and looked around on our own. One saleman astray spotted us and started asking us to buy ties for our boyfriends back home. I said mine is right there, so I don’t need to.

He looked at my friend and asked her. Before she could answer I said, “That’s her boyfriend too. We share him.” It either really offended them or they just realized we were wasting their time, but either way they kicked us out of the store and we actually made it home sooner than expected.

SE Asian travelers, you’ve been warned about tuk tuks yet again. Basically, expect a detour if you ride one. Enjoy it instead of getting annoyed.

Price inflation in general

The scam:

Money, money, money. That is the entire reason why any of these scams even exist. That’s why the most basic of SE Asian scams is adding a few or a lot of dollars onto the real price of a service or item.

To be blunt, haggle on everything in SE Asia. This means clothes, food, massages, but especially all forms of transportation. Travelers should never accept the first price a driver gives them unless they’ve read that’s the going rate or it was set up by someone trusted.

This isn’t just for private travel either. I’ve been charged twice the locals on public buses before.

My favorite price inflation came in a taxi in Bangkok. We picked up the ride at Khaosan Road, which was our first mistake. We needed a ride to Lumpinee Boxing Stadium. I tried to learn a few phrases in Thai every day I was there and the phrases that day just happened to be: “How much? (Tao-rai?)” and “Very expensive! (Phaeng Mark)”.

We boarded the car and gave the driver our destination. He didn’t turn his meter on, so I asked him to do so. He said, “No it will be a lot cheaper if I just give you a general price.” I replied, “Nah, I want the meter on.” He priced the ride at 500baht, which I knew was absurd considering our taxi from the airport to the city was less than that.

What I did:

So I did what any logical person would do and yelled, “Phaeng mark mark.” He looked at me and said, “Nooo! Took mark mark!” A Thai phrase I learned at that moment, which means “too cheap”. We went on like this until he started to bargain with me. I got him down to 150baht and actually had him laughing by the end of the ride.

I have to reiterate how important it is to haggle in SE Asia. It’s necessary and actually quite fun. Other than that, look at what the locals are paying, always ask taxi driver to run their meter and negotiate before entering a cab. If the driver won’t budge, there are a million other cabs around to choose from most of the time. One of them will.

Other good reads to prepare travelers for scams:

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My year in travel: 2011

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My year in travel: 2011

6 Comments 23 December 2011

For the first time in my 25 years on earth, I spent an entire calendar year traveling.

And what a year it was. 

A year of traveling with a partner for the first time. A year that took me to a new continent, Asia. A year that pretty much brought me around the globe. Even a year in which I got to travel around my own country a bit.

This year has been a spectacular one. Let’s have a look back on what I did in 2011.

 Australia

My year actually started with an end. On January 26, Australia Day, I said farewell to the massive country I had called my home for most of 2010. My final days in Australia were spent mainly in Melbourne, where my boyfriend Ric and I lived in a tiny apartment on Chapel Street.

It was really hard to say goodbye to such an amazing country. It was even harder to close one of the best travel experiences of my life, the work holiday visa. I met so many amazing people in Australia, but the best of them all was the hardest to say goodbye to on that last day in the country.

Ric and I bid each other farewell as I headed off to the Philippines and he stayed in Melbourne.

Philippines

Hello Southeast Asia! I never thought or planned on visiting this part of the world, but after hearing how amazing it was from travelers in Australia, I just had to. The Philippines was my first stop, Donsol in particular. I visited for whaleshark season and after three tries I actually got to see one of the big fellas.

From Donsol, I headed to Cebu City where I spent some time with a friend of a friend’s family. After seeing such kindness from total strangers, I was moved to extend my visa to the Philippines by one more month. One month just wasn’t enough.

It’s a good thing I did as my next stop in the country, Malapascua, was just too hard to leave. I visited the tiny island planning to stay three days. I ended up, not only staying six weeks, but also earning my divemaster certification.

And guess who came to meet me in the Philippines?

Only the most special boy in the world. Ric spent about 12 days in paradise with me as I finished up my training. Later, we kicked off our travels together in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong

I wasn’t sure what to expect in this massive city. I thought of it as China, but people would say it’s not really China. At first glance I was just in shock over how many apartment buildings were in the city.

I really loved the place and I especially loved sharing it with my new travel partner. We visited the Big Buddha, went on a bus tour of the city, road the Peak Tram and ate lots of dim sum. It’s an expensive place to visit, so I’m hoping to go back one day with more money.

Thailand

We headed to the mother of all backpacker destinations, Bangkok, in late March. There we met up with my friend Julia who flew all the way out to travel with us for a few weeks. Bangkok is the most pleasant surprise I’ve ever had traveling. I expected it to be this seedy town with nothing but ping pong shows and heavy drinking to offer.

But it’s so much more. 

For starters, it’s an international city with amazing museums, restaurants, malls and more. But for backpackers, it’s something much more. I’ve never seen so many travelers bobbing around happily as I did on Khaosan Road. It made me wish I planned a few more nights in the city, but no worries, we would end up coming back three more times.

From Bangkok, we visited Ko Samet and Ko Chang, where Julia and I became deathly ill for ten days. I think it was bad eggs, but hey, I lost about 20 lbs, so silver lining. We said goodbye to Julia then spent probably more time than we should have in Lonely Beach.

We left the island to meet Ric’s mom and brother in Pattaya. It was my first time meeting them, so I was quite nervous. But they are amazing and we had a great time. There we celebrated Songkran and made a visa run to Cambodia. However, Pattaya is probably a place I’ll never return. It’s pretty much what I expected of Bangkok originally.

After another sad goodbye, Ric and I kept on traveling Thailand. This time we headed south visiting Koh Tao. We mainly relaxed here as we were gearing up for the famous Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan on April 18. We spent the next day recuperating on Koh Tao, then continued traveling south to Koh Samui.

On our visit to the over-commercialized island, we rented motorbikes, swam under waterfalls and visited Ang Thong Marine Park, the real inspiration for “The Beach”.

But we wanted more “Beach” action so we crossed Thailand to Ko Phi Phi on the west coast. A $US10 tour of the islands proved to be our best purchase and best day in Southeast Asia. Also, my best Easter Sunday ever.

After Ko Phi Phi we had to leave Thailand as our visas ran out.

Laos

First stop in Laos was Vang Vieng for its famous tubing. We spent a week in the tiny town on the river and never actually completed the tube route on the Nam Song River. But we had loads of fun, drank lots of buckets and watched an absurd amount of Family Guy.

After Vang Vieng we needed a serious detox, so we spent another week in 4,000 Islands. In this quiet area of Laos, we spent a lot of time lounging, but also did quite a bit of exploring. We rented bikes and visited the largest waterfall in southeast Asia. I also got to see Irrawaddy dolphins. I saw them alone as Ric broke his bike and was too defeated to walk any further.

 Cambodia

The trip from Laos to Cambodia involved two intense bus journeys. It took an entire day, but we finally reached Siem Reap in mid-May. The biggest attraction here is Angkor Wat, which is stunning, but I actually really enjoyed the town itself. We spent about a week there watching football and drinking cheap beer.

USA

It was time to fly our tan selves to the US of A, my homeland and Ric’s dream destination. It was Ric’s first time visiting the States, so the trip home was a really special one for me.

We landed in California, where I surprised a friend. There we drove the Pacific Coast Highway from Laguna Beach to Hermossa Beach. We also visited Hollywood and ended up on the set of our favorite show, Entourage.


No one from the east coast knew I was in the country at that point, except my Uncle. I had been secretly planning a trip home with him since October, so I could surprise my dad for his birthday. Everything went as planned. We spent one day hiding out at my Aunt and Uncles, that night my dad opened their garage door to see Ric and I standing there with ribbons around our necks.

But we didn’t sit still for too long. After about a week, we were on the road again. We drove from NJ to Alabama for a wedding in which Ric was best man. On the road trip I showed Ric around Washington D.C. and made a lot of fast food stops. He couldn’t get enough of America’s burgers and sandwiches.

It was my first time visiting Alabama and it was good to see the southern comfort side of the States. We spent most of our week there playing on a lake located behind the house we were staying at. We jet skied, tubed, kayaked, even jumped off a ridiculously high bridge. That really hurt. 

The wedding was beautiful, the party was wild. We left Alabama extremely hungover en route to St. Augustine, Florida, where I showed Ric around my first real travel destination.

The rest of my time in the States was spent in NJ and Philadelphia. Erin, a friend I made studying abroad in London came out to visit, Ric climbed the Rocky steps and we celebrated the Fourth of July at the Jersey shore. But the highlight of my trip home was welcoming my gorgeous nephew Jake into the world. I love my life and all the traveling it entails, but it means missing out on some really spectacular occasions at home. I’m just happy I didn’t have to miss this one.

Add another farewell to my 2011 of goodbyes, as Ric and I left the States to go back down under, this time for a work-holiday visa in New Zealand.

New Zealand

We arrived in snowy Queenstown in July, but didn’t stay for long. We spent two days driving up to Blenheim where Ric already had a job sorted. Then a real twist came when I had to go back home for an emergency. I came back to New Zealand two weeks later and we were on the road again, this time only a short journey to Wellington.

After quite a hectic first half of the year, Ric and I were exhausted and broke. So we made a home in Wellington, got proper jobs, worked loads and saved up for our next adventure, the South Island in 2012.

We’ve been in Wellington for four months now and I’ve grown quite attached to the small city. We held back a lot during our time here as we were saving, but we still managed to accomplish quite a bit.

In September we rented a car and visited Lord of the Rings’ film locations in the area. October was all about the Rugby World Cup, so we went to see USA vs. Australia at Westpac Stadium. I got to see the All Blacks parade Wellington after they won. In November I celebrated yet another Thanksgiving abroad. In December we bought a car and started road tripping to nearby beaches and towns. Oh, and I met a good portion of the cast of “The Hobbit” through work.

We didn’t just get to know Wellington, we pretty much became a part of the city. I’ve even started saying “mean”.

It’s been another year packed with adventure and it’s only going to get even more intense in 2012. January and February of the new year will be dedicated to traveling New Zealand. However, February is depending on whether or not I survive the Nevis Jump, so let’s hope for the best.

What did you do in 2011? Have you visited any of the same places? Do share.

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What I learned about Vang Vieng

Destinations, Laos

What I learned about Vang Vieng

8 Comments 08 December 2011

Chicken/bacon sandwiches, Family Guy, Friends, beautiful mountains, drunken 20-somethings wearing matching singlets, magic shakes and hundreds of tubes.

That pretty much describes Vang Vieng, Laos.

I’m not sure how I ended up spending a week there, but I did.

It’s a vicious, vicious cycle. Go tubing on the first day, because that’s what you’re there for. Wake up the next day with a terrible hangover and go to one of the town’s many restaurants with plans to do nothing but watch Friends or Family Guy all day and eat chicken and bacon baguettes. Meet people with similar plans, then one of you has the bright idea to start drinking again. Eventually get caught up with a group of smiling first-timers and follow them back to the top of the river for another ride.

Rinse and repeat.

That’s Vang-Vieng in a nutshell and if you don’t make an effort to get out, you’ll end up spending way more time than you probably should there inevitably handing out flyers for Q-Bar in return for booze and food, because you’ve run out of money.

Luckily, I made it out alive, which some people actually don’t. Here are some things I learned.

The starting point for tubing in Vang Vieng, Laos.

It’s impossible to actually tube back to town

Trust me. I tried four times.

The whole idea behind tubing is to be dropped off a few kilometers up stream and to actually tube down to where you originally picked up your tube. Unfortunately in Vang Vieng, people need to overcome endless bars offering free booze, half naked hotties and a time limit (tube shop closing time).

It’s not gonna happen. Plus it gets a bit boring.

It can be very dangerous

Any time I’ve ever heard someone mention tubing in Vang Vieng, it was quickly followed by “this many people die each year.” It’s true. A few people do die each year tubing in Vang Vieng and it’s obvious why.

People get completely wrecked on more than just booze. Being that intoxicated is probably never a good idea when swimming is involved. On top of that, the river can be aggressive at times. Further, unseen rocks give you more than just a bruise when falling onto them from a very high rope swing or zip line.

Finally, be careful with drugs in Laos for health reasons, but also legal reasons. Despite advertisements for “magic pizza” or the fact that opium shakes are listed on the menu at normal restaurants, drugs are illegal in Laos and the retribution for breaking this law is very harsh.

Every now and then a foreigner shows up in the newspaper, because he or she was sentenced to so many years in jail, or even execution, for being caught with drugs or trying to smuggle drugs out of a country. Don’t let this be you.

It can still be good fun

As usual, if you’re careful you can have an amazing time tubing in Vang Vieng. Massive slides, mud tug-of-war, wild people, it has pretty much everything anyone with a pulse would want to try out just once in their lives.

Just don’t be an idiot. Watch how much you drink and pay attention when participating in activities like zip lines or rope swings. I did just about every activity offered on that river, and did them after a few buckets. I knew my limit, I was careful and I left perfectly fine.

I tried out this trapeze swing and lived to see another day. Photo by Richard John Hackey

Oh and one last thing, if you can’t swim, just don’t tube. I met a guy who never learned to swim but thought this would be a good time to try for some reason. It’s not. If this is you, take a taxi to the top of the River and walk each bar. Like I said, don’t be an idiot!

It has more than just three bars

The migration of people from bar to bar on the Nam Song River works very strangely.

Basically, there are quite a few bars located directly on the river where the owners only income comes from people tubing between about noon and 8 p.m. Those people will do the best they can to keep you at their bar, from crazy deals, to activities, to music, to free booze. But really how good a bar gets depends on the amount of people that wander to it.

When I arrived at the starting point, other tubers and I were greeted by a wigged man in pink glasses handing out free shots and directing us to go to Q-Bar.

This blond greeted us with shots at the river. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

Q-Bar bar was crazy, but didn’t have many good things to play with, so I think it was a massive zip line that lured me and most of the other people from Q-Bar to the next bar.

On my best attempt to actually make it back to town via the river, I got down to about the sixth bar to find it had the BEST slide I’ve ever seen.

At some point, if you can, just ditch the crowd. Sometimes they stay at Q-Bar all day. Keep floating and try somewhere different.

The scene at Q-Bar, the first bar on the river. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

It’s more than just tubing

A lot of people have a heavy hatred for what Vang Vieng has become. It was once a quiet town, placed amongst vast natural beauty.

Today, it’s really hard to explain.

It’s commercial, but in an odd way. It’s still beautiful and no major hotels or restaurants have invaded it, but there are a lot of hotels there that don’t quite look like they belong and TVs mounted in every restaurant blaring American shows.

The area has a bit more to see. Try a home stay with a local family. Visit a local blue lagoon. Go kayaking or hiking. Quite a few adventure tour companies operate out of Vang Vieng. Take a day off from the river and get to know the rest of the area.

Vang Vieng is a place that people don’t truly understand until they see for themselves. Nowadays, it’s almost a right a passage for backpackers in southeast Asia. Regardless of your thoughts on its dangers or what’s it’s become, it’s worth a visit, for more than just getting pissed on a river.

Grab a bucket and jump in. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

Prices: 8,000LAK= about $US1

55,000LAK to hire a tube for the day, which includes a taxi to the starting point of the river.

60,000LAK deposit on the tube, which you’ll get back upon return. (MAKE SURE THERE IS ALWAYS A TUBE AVAILABLE FOR YOU AT THE BAR. It’s a free-for-all with those tubes at the bar. It can turn into musical chairs by the end of the day.)

20,000-30,000LAK for buckets on the river.

5,000LAK for a single drink.

10,000-20,000LAK for a sandwich.

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The Animals of SE Asia

Cambodia, Destinations, Philippines, Thailand

The Animals of SE Asia

4 Comments 03 November 2011

Ric and I are huge animal lovers. In fact, Ric has been called a dog whisperer on more than one occasion by people all over the world. We never miss an opportunity to pet an animal in SE Asia and there were plenty of them

We made so many friends in Asia, most of which were animals. Here are a few of our furry and some not so furry friends.

Dogs

This crazy fella came charging at me on the beach in Malapascua. He then proceeded to roll in the sand and run circles around me as I walked the beach. Eventually he ran out of energy and let me pet him. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

 

A batch of puppies were born just before we arrived at the house in Pattaya. They were quite timid, but would play with Ric’s mom. She named one “Tiny Turner” pronounced “teeny”.

 

The biggest golden retriever I’ve ever met, we played with him for hours during a pub quiz in Pattaya. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

 

Look at the hair. Obviously we named this lady Farrah Fawcett. She helped Ric through a banking crisis on the phone at Chaweng Beach. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

 

Doppler! Our very first pup. We visited him every day while in Malapascua. He lived at a barbecue hut behind Exotic Resort. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

 

Gobblin Dog. He wouldn’t let Ric leave Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok. Good thing he was cute. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

 

I named this guy Chewy, well, cause he chewed EVERYTHING. He was only just a pup and so sweet. Only wish he would have stayed out the trash. Photo by Richard Hackey

 

Look at the face on him! Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

 

It’s not always pretty running into street dogs. Some of them are looked after, but most are not and need serious attention. I felt so bad for this guy, he was shaking on Koh Phangan during the Full Moon Party. Someone even painted him. Poor guy. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

 

This pair was having a ball at Angkor Wat. Just running around playing through the monument. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

 

We fed this guy at a restaurant in Malapascua and he was our best friend for the rest of the night. I think he’s apart of the Ristorante Angelina crew, a dozens dogs that hangout around the restaurant and howl at the moon. Photo by Richard Hackey.

 

Monkeys

Now this relationship is true love. The little monkey was tied up to someone’s bike at Lonely Beach on Koh Chang. It was night and everyone was drunk and probably scaring him. He jumped onto Ric and wouldn’t let go. Ric loved him to pieces. It was so sad when we had to leave, the little guy wouldn’t let go. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

 

“Monkey,” I screamed from our motorbike in Malapascua, Philippines. There are no monkeys in Malapscua, so he must have been someone’s pet. But he was having a blast, running around a house by the beach. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

 

Pigs

I hate to pick favorites, but this pig was definitely mine. We ran into him while in 4,000 Islands in Laos. Usually pigs don’t like to be touched, but he was pulling as far as his rope could go to get to me. I scratched behind his right ear and he just collapsed. I did it a few times while we stayed there. He had spots on him, so I called him Leopard Pig. Photo by Richard Hackey

 

This guy was massive by the time we left. Probably being raised for food, but I don’t like to think of it. Anyway, he lived just outside the resort I lived on in Malapascua. We all knew him and probably also heard him oinking in the wee-hours of the morning. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

 

 Other

This flying fish flew onto my dive boat off Donsol in the Philippines. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

 

Everyone seems to own a rooster in the Philippines. They either use them for food or fighting. This one was about to fight near Donsol. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

 

Basically thrown at us on Walking Street in Pattaya, I’m still not sure what this animal is. He looks like a sloth of sorts. UPDATE: This animal is a slow loris. Many thanks to Waegook Tom for clearing that up. 

 

This tiny caged squirrel was someone’s pet in Bangkok, Thailand. I don’t think he liked being in there. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

 

 

It’s hard not to run into elephants while touring Thailand. If you want to ride them, make sure you go through a good place, because some of them treat the elephants terribly. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

 

Last but certainly not least is our bulldog Ruddiger. Flown in all the way from England to travel with us, the little guy has braved shaky bus rides, rough seas and drunken backpackers. Good dog. Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

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FriFotos: Luxury is…

Destinations, Laos, Other, Photography, Thailand, USA

FriFotos: Luxury is…

No Comments 09 September 2011

Luxury is…

your very own hammock on the porch of your very own hut, overlooking your very own lagoon on Koh Chang, Thailand,

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

Photo by Richard John Hackey

a bed on an overnight bus in Laos,

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

private tuk tuk transportation in Bangkok, Thailand,

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

complimentary robes,

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

driving a Mercedes convertible along the Pacific Coast Highway in California,

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

Photo by Richard John Hackey

an infinity pool…anywhere

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

and a room with a view in Vang Vieng, Laos.

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

What is luxury to you?

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