With just 10 days to go before book #2, The GILDED TREASON releases on Amazon Worldwide, I thought to share a few of my personal experiences during our very own action-packed family adventure in Phuket, South-East Asia!
Phuket is every bit the picture perfect postcard or screensaver and definitely worth the long flight there. I had the advantage of recollecting the sounds and smells of a South-East Asian jungle, the scorching heat, and humidity in the middle of the day and the fascinating culture that greets you on every curb! So it wasn’t that hard to pour these experiences into the pages of my latest book which is set in neighboring Cambodia and Vietnam, for you to enjoy.
Our family adventure in Phuket took us deep into the jungle on an elephant safari in the midst of torrential rains. To adequately describe the exhilarating sensation of a giant elephant’s scruffy skin under my bare feet as it slides through the muddy mountain paths is just about impossible! (At this point, I must mention that I do not support animal cruelty and captivity of these majestic creatures! Our elephants were roaming the jungle freely and exceptionally well taken care of by a certified veterinary run sanctuary.) Touching their flapping silky ears and feeding them bunches of jungle-grown bananas was an experience we will never forget!
With three boys (and a husband that permeates positivity) no adventure is ever complete without some sort of risky water activity so, again, we headed deep into the lush jungles where the locals made the most rural of rafts from a couple bamboo poles held together on both ends by nothing but jungle vines! The mountain river was in full flood with the seasonal rains so balancing on these rafts were quite a skill. Of course we got wet! The water was crystal clear as we navigated the raging rapids through the winding jungle river. Coiling green jungle snakes just missed our heads as they hung from the branches above us. Scary indeed, but, boy! What an adrenalin rush?
We visited several shrines and temples allowing us to acquaint ourselves with the Buddhist faith and culture. As a Christian, watching their discipline and reverence for their god was admirable. One cannot but have respect for their centuries-old traditions and practice.
Remnants of the December, 26th 2004 Tsunami that left thousands injured and dead was evident throughout our visit, but what struck me the most was how dedicated and humble the people were. Many have lost loved ones, and yet, they smiled and displayed total contentment in their overly simplified lives. Happy and satisfied with very little!
Our adventures also included snorkeling in the middle of the Andaman Sea. I got some solace in learning that the sharks were all vegetarian! (Yeah, right!) Thankfully, they decided to stay away, and all limbs remained intact.
Though the culture was very hospitable, there were certain alleys and neighborhoods one would just not dare to venture into. Day or night! So this sparked my research into the crime related activities that are rife in most of Asia. And when I found the news article on the Golden Urn that had been stolen from a mountain shrine in Cambodia, my creative mind ran away with it! YES! The Gilded Treason is based on a true story! My visit to Phuket planted the seed for my latest release, The Gilded Treason which is set in Cambodia and Vietnam.
If you’re interested in reading more about the real life theft of the golden urn, please click here.
Now, if you are curious to find out what exactly our sassy Alex Hunt and her sidekick, Sam Quinn got up to in Cambodia, click on the link below and pick up your copy of The Gilded Treason! It is available in both digital and paperback.
What I will say is that Alex kicked some serious butt! I had a lot of fun writing this Adventure Thriller, so I do hope you enjoy it. For those who have already ordered your copy, THANK YOU! Your support is much appreciated!
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See you between my pages!