An Intrepid Tour Leader

by Marlo Perry

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Tour Leader Job in Southeast Asia


16. Tsunami

7 January 2005
Hello to everybody. Just to report that I am safe and sound, thanks for your concern. Had a great Christmas Day, celebrated with a bunch of work buddies.

Because we all eat at restaurants each and every day none of us is all that great at cooking so we ended up at a very flash hotel to enjoy a buffet lunch. Yummo. Started at the dessert table and never looked back. Santa even turned up!

Full to the brim we headed back into our part of town (the not so flashy) to enjoy some afternoon drinks. Our Thai boss also imports Australian beer so we had a HUGE esky full of crownies, another leader had just flown in from Laos so we also had a crate of Beer Lao. Unfortunately the Thai police were not all that impressed by our BYO attitude to the park so we were thrown out.

No problem, hook the esky onto the back of a little tuk tuk and go to the next park. Kicked out again. Another tuk tuk and end up in a car park, kicked out again. So we end up opposite our base hotel at our favourite little roadside cocktail man. He didn't mind that we BYO'd, as long as he could wear one of the Santa hats. Great day, great evening.

I was starting a trip boxing day so was working hard in the morning when the office became utter chaos with the news of the tsunami. It took most of the day to track down all the groups and leaders. Very fortunate no one was hurt. A few operators have been badly damaged and lost staff which is really sad.

I headed to Cambodia the next day so have been out of the loop for awhile. Some of my friends are "missing" which is depressing. Hoping that when I get back to Bangkok I might find out some news about them. Until then have put on my happy face and am taking a great bunch of people through rural Cambodia and Laos.
Hope you had a great new year.

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...