Travel Photos: Cambodia & Angkor Wat

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The full photo albums can be seen on Smugmug and Flickr


Siem Reap: Angkor Wat . Bucket list item–check! So surreal and amazing to visit this sight in person after countless hours of researching and dreaming.


Siem Reap: Bayon Temple (with 200 carved faces) . Exquisite temple–timeless heavenly sculptures that have seen years of history, struggle and survival. Unfortunately, there are Buddha sculptures within these temples that are headless–due to the Khmer Rouge/Pol Pot Regime decapitating them to be sold on the black market for weapons in the 70s.


Siem Reap: Ta Prohm (where “Tomb Raider” was filmed–this & “Angelina Jolie” visits are apparently huge selling points throughout Siem Reap). I love how the trees envelope the sculptures and buildings–it’s almost magical in this interplay of nature and architecture.


Siem Reap: Evening Scenes (Pub Street, New Market and the Red Piano). I adored the energy seeming through the bustling streets and stunning smiles of the locals.


Phnom Penh: Royal Palace


Phnom Penh: City Streets. Great contemporary art and crazy traffic!


Phnom Penh: Genocide Museum & Killing Fields

Very emotional to see these two sites and to fully realize how my family and 2 million other people suffered from the hands of the Khmer Rouge/Pol Pot Regime. The Genocide Museum is treated with reverence. After all these years, it’s interesting to see blossoming trees in the courtyard and small farm animals making these once-horrific spots their home, as a type of reincarnation of life, even forgiveness.

Travel Photos: Thailand

. Posted by Sherrie Thai by . Here are some vacation highlights photos from my first trip to Asia. First up is lively Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai!

The full photo albums can be seen on Smugmug and Flickr

Chiang Mai Temple Thailand

Chiang Mai: Wat Phra That Temple. Climb up massive serpent stairs and atop of a hill, you’re greeted with exquisite gold-plated buddhas and an impressive stupa/shrine.

Bangkok Songkran Water Festival Thailand

Bangkok: Songkran New Years Water Festival . For 3 days, most of the country shuts down to partake in this fun ritual (which is mostly welcome due to the crazy 95 degree climate). Water is a purification for the coming new year, and the clay is a blessing. In the streets, everyone is fair game for an excellent soaking, except for seniors, babies and the revered monks.

Bangkok Grand Palace

Bangkok: Grand Palace. This locale is full of intricately decorated monuments and sculptures. The artwork is a combination of Buddhist, Hindu and Thai folklore, with beautiful beasts, massive guardian demons and golden angels.

Thailand Chiang Rai Hilltribes

Chiang Rai: Hill Tribes (Karen, Akha, Yao, Lanu). Some of these people are refugees, and others are indigenous people of Thailand, who sustain their living by selling handcrafts to tourists.

Thailand Chiang Mai Night Life

Chiang Mai: Night Market and Cabaret Show. I LOVE night markets–food, shopping, culture and fun! Thailand knows how to party!

Thailand Chiang Mai Cooking

Chiang Mai: Cooking Pad Thai (dangerous times!) The chef decided to show off his mad skills in the kitchen. I doubt I’ll repeat the dish unless I have proper protection, but I’m pleased to have attempted Tom Yum soup 🙂

Thailand Chiang Rai White Temple Wat Rong Khun

Chiang Rai: Wat Rong Khun (White Temple). One of my favorites as it’s a modern take on good vs. evil. You’ll find Batman and the Predator hanging out on the lawn 🙂

Thailand Photo Collage

Travel Drawings, Thailand and Laos: 5 Minute Sketch Sessions

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Thailand Lion: 5 minute sketch

This lion was created while I was in traveling through Thailand and was initially inspired by the Singha Beer logo, which I later discovered to be a simplified version of the exquisitely articulated lions found in Thai temples. I intend to explore this theme in greater detail later on 🙂 This one probably took from 5-10 min.

Laos: 5 minute sketches

These sketches were done within 5 minute sessions while I was cruising along the Mekong River in a houseboat, watching the beautiful hillsides of Laos pass me by.

Freebies: “Traveling by Icons,” Visual Travel Guide When English and Tech are Scarce

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Free Download Traveling by Icons, Pictorial Guide, Assembled by Sherrie Thai of

“Traveling by Icons” is a free visual guide I created as a reference for getting around in remote foreign areas when there are language and tech issues. An image will save you a thousand words, so when in doubt, just point to the image and smile 🙂

You could VIEW the full doc, or DOWNLOAD THE LETTER-SIZE VERSION HERE (8.5×11″), print and enjoy! For a smaller size, you could DOWNLOAD THE 5×7″ VERSION HERE–just print and fold. If you’re feeling more crafty, print out the sizes at a reduced percentage, laminate and tadah–flash cards! This lil project started out as a personal resource, and thought I’d share this with my fellow travelers. It’s very simple and barebones, but I hope to add more at a later time. In the meantime, hope you find this helpful 🙂

You could find more freebies at Want more? Check out free image backgrounds on my Creative Commons folder on Flickr (Urban, Nature, Patterns, Abstract, Textiles). If you decide to use any of the backgrounds, please let me know how it goes by sending a link or an image. Enjoy!

LEGAL STUFF: This document is a Creative Commons resource and is strictly for educational, entertainment and non-profit purposes only. The document is not to be sold in any form, including print or digital format. Designed by Sherrie Thai of and Creative Commons libraries. The image copyrights are held by their respective owners.

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