About Your Hosts

Meet Benjamin Porter  Benjamin Porter with beret

My life has been one of food, photography and travel. As a young boy moving from one city to the next with my family (my father who was a hospital director), I got to meet new people and explore new cities. And got the travel bug. Wanting to capture all these experiences, I learned how to use a camera and eventually became a photographer.

In my early 20s, I traveled for a year throughout all of Latin America. At the end of my amazing journey, I had fallen in love with the people and indigenous cultures of one particular country: Bolivia—a beautiful and then remote land. I have returned many times, and part of me will always feel that Bolivia is my home.

Before my professional photography career developed, I funded my camera passion by working as a merchant seaman on U.S. ships traveling the world. On one of the sailings, we docked on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, my first contact with Asia. Its mysteries, exotic nature, and culinary delicacies captivated me.

More recently, I spent a month in India followed by a week-long stopover in Malaysia. This trip re-awakened my desire to spend more time in Southeast Asia and from this Small Footprint Travels was born.

 

Meet  Myo Koongnoo   Myo

Born in southern Thailand, I consider myself an unflinching traveler, who is as comfortable trekking through the mountains to visit remote hill tribes as I am shopping for bargains at the famous weekend market in Bangkok.

But my true love is cooking Thai food, especially teaching it. In the past several years, I’ve offered cooking classes in the United States and Thailand.

In addition to my native southern Thai dialect, I speak the dialect of the Isan region of northeast Thailand, as well as Laotian and English. And enjoy introducing our guests to the people and wonders of this part of Southeast Asia.