An Intrepid Tour Leader
by Marlo Perry
13th October 2004
How long since I sent you a message? I have no idea so I thought I should send one right now. I don't really think I have all that much to say at the moment, I've got into the groove at work so just the normal routine that is the life of a group leader.
You know same old same old. Sunrise at Angkor Wat today swimming at Halong Bay tomorrow interspersed with some long bus trips and dodgy airline flights.
I was scheduled for a couple of weeks off where I was going to climb Vietnam's tallest mountain - Fansipan or affectionately known as Fancypants then head down to the island of Phu Quoc. But good old reliable Marlo got a phone call from Melbourne office asking if I could fill in a trip so today I am starting the Indochina loop trip (29 days Bangkok to Siem Reap through Thailand, Lao, Vietnam and Cambodia) The same trip I lead blind a couple of months ago. I am looking forward to it as I now have a clue as to where and what we are meant to be doing, but it is a long trip.
I have been going to the Thai kickboxing gym a bit to let out my frustrations before the trip starts and the trainers asked if I wanted to have a fight. A couple of the Thai guys are training for the competition which comes at the end of Buddhist lent (next week) so they wanted me to go along and get the crap beaten out of me, probably for a good laugh on their part! As I will be in the middle of Lao I had to decline but I'm sure it would have been pretty cool - until I bust my nose, bruise my eyes and limp for a week.
About the Author
Marlo Perry is a Group Leader for the Australian based tour operator, Intrepid Travel.
1. The Apprentice... 2. Trip One... 3. Half Way... 4. Tet... 5. Monkey Business... 6. Quick Turnaround... 7. Thai New Year... 8. Angkor... 9. Bangkok... 10. It Depends... 11. A&E... 12. Laos... 13. Routine... 14. Pig Rabies... 15. Burma... 16. Tsunami... 17. Songkran... 18. Sick Note... 19. Cycle Vietnam... 20. Street Kids... 21. My Life. Ideas Needed... 22. June Jambles...