You can't be a nearly six foot American woman traveling alone through Asia for five months and not come away without some stories to tell. Just try buying a pair of shoes in a size 10 anywhere in Asia. It can't be done. I was headed to Indonesia and badly needed a pair of sandals. On my layover in Bangkok, arriving from Kathmandu, I had an entire staff at a shoe store running around holding up every variety of goofy looking men's shoes for me to nod or shake my head at. I'm not joking. I had seven or eight clerks, all under five foot two, trying to find a pair of sandals large enough to fit me that weren't too god awful ugly. (Women's sizes rarely went past a size 7.) The staff actually clapped when I held up the winning pair of green and black Tevo like sandals.
When I was in Hanoi, I needed a second pair of jeans for my six day motorcycle trip through NE Vietnam. Women clothing sizes don't go past a 2 over there. So my quest for something that would fit landed me in a men's clothing store. The woman sales clerk, whose head didn't quite arrive mid way up my arm, only knew a couple of English words. One was "man" and the other "no-no". She lost her breath laughing at me while I tried on several pairs of men's jeans all the while shaking her hand from side to side saying, "No-no" trying to enlighten me by pointing out the jeans were for a man. I give her credit for containing her laughter to a mere giggle when it came time to ring me up. I was thrilled to find a pair that I could actually zip up and that went past my shin bone.
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I visited the Tiger Temple in Thailand & later found out it is under investigation for tiger trafficking and animal abuse. Read full story. In 2015 it was raided. More than 100 tigers and protected bird species in Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua, popularly known as the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi province were impounded by authorities following complaints that the temple was alleged to engage in illegal wildlife trading.
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