I have been living in Thailand for the last eight years, since graduation from college in upstate NY. I have since learned to speak Thai, which enables all doors to open. Traveling across northern Thailand, and through The Golden Triangle, has quenched many of my thirsts for adventure. I have subsequently made trips into rural northern Laos along the Mae Kong River, and all the way to the Chinese border. I have spent time in Cambodia, and come to some of my own conclusions about the horrific Khmer past. I have also lived on the remote island of Kho Lipe, far off the southern Thai coast in the Andaman Sea.
Residing in South East Asia over the last seven years has opened my mind to better understand mysteries of the Far East, both the enticing and disturbing. I lived in the fast lane, and regularly pushed myself to the limits. Black Arts in South East Asia is a nonfiction story that captures the 21st century and my experiences in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Laos, Udon Thani, Cambodia, as well as on the beaches. Dare I say this story is not for my own grandmother, however it sheds a truthful torch of light into the dark worlds of prostitution, pimps, transvestites, killers, thieves, human trafficking and counter culture.
Black Arts in South East Asia chronicles a true to life adventure that can be retraced entirely, as I have not doctored the names, places, or people I have encountered along the way. For these reasons, I am confident that my non-fiction story is as up to date, authentic, and original as anything else in its genre. I believe this book has the potential to spark a new generation of travelers looking to better understand themselves and the world they pass through.
My travel story is for a broadminded and unabashed reader, who wants to know exactly what is happening in South East Asia this year. Black Arts in South East Asia began as a private story for only my closest friends. However, it was through their feedback, that this wild and debaucherous tale has risen to the public spotlight where it is today.
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