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Ben and Brian Search For Thai Books

It’s been 2 weeks since Brian and I submitted our Ultimate Thailand Explorers Application Video. Today we surpassed 500 views. Others have over 10,000 views. I’m very curious how something like that can be possible. I have my theory, but not ready to share it just yet. The good news is, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has shared that:

With audition videos nearing 50,000 views, new applicants are advised to remember that 25 semifinalist teams will be selected by judges based on the quality of their audition videos, not the number of views. Let your creativity, personality, and web-savvy shine through!”

I think this is good news for Brian and I. Our video includes all those criteria. Furthermore, at the press conference they had last week, we also learned that:

“popular audition videos including…Benjamin & Brian make a sensation at Ultimate Thailand Explorers Press conference at the Centara Hotel on September 14, 2009.”

It is really incredible to think that Brian and I (and our video), were shown all the way in Thailand to reporters and bloggers from throughout the country. What an amazing, connected, digital world that we live in! And to think just a few months ago I was a relative unknown, and now, through the magic of this blog, we’re being broadcast in Thailand.

 Ben and Brian Search For Thai Books
Photo Courtesy of the Ultimate Thailand Explorers Facebook Fan Page

There are still 26 more days left in the application submission period and then the voting begins. We’re thinking that IF we were selected, things will happen very fast. To be in the best position possible to bring the World of Thailand to you, Brian and I thought we should learn as much as we could about Thailand, as early as we could. So recently we went to a local bookstore to search for books about Thailand. Here’s the outcome.

In addition to our video, you can see our Flickr photo set here. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement as we proceed through the Ultimate Thailand Explorer Contest.


Remember to enter the the adventureswithben.com Tugo contest by visiting here.


Don’t forget, Ben and Brian are applicants in the Ultimate Thailand Explorer Contest. Please follow us on twitter@benandbrianthaiand share our Ultimate Thailand Explorer Application Video to Puttaya, Thailand with your friends and family.