Over the years, Adam Bray has acquired a reputation as the go-to-guy for adventure travel in exotic locations across Asia and the Pacific. Adam is renowned for his off-the-beaten-path adventures to remote hilltribe villages, dense tropical jungles, and for occasionally discovering ancient (as in more than one thousand years old) Cham temples along the way. Adam was the first journalist to visit the Long Wall of Quang Ngai (Vietnam's Great Wall), which he reported on for CNN, CNN Travel and BBC.
Speaking the language helps—Adam speaks Vietnamese as well as a smattering of Cambodian, Cham and a few hilltribe phrases. He's one of the few who can also read and write Cham script.
Adam is an expert on New Zealand and Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) history, culture, geography and tourism. He is also a specialist in Cham culture and history, as well as that of other hilltribes and ethnic minorities of Indochina. Adam has contributed a combination of original text, photos and expertise to nearly 40 books on international travel (See below for a selection of some of Adam's most recent books or you can read a selected bibliography here). In addition to CNN and BBC, and has also reported for a variety of other media outlets such as National Geographic and even the SyFy Channel.
Adam has several new Star Wars books out this year! All are available on Amazon.com!
Adam's first book for Lucasfilm and DK is "Star Wars: What Makes A Monster?"
and is now available to order on Amazon.com. The book highlights the natural history and behavior of creatures from all 6 Star Wars films. Both kids and adults will enjoy the in-depth text, countless images and diagrams, and all-new statistics for the beasts of Star Wars.
His next book, "Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide," introduces the new animated TV series from Lucasfilm for Disney XD. Rebels is set during the time period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and follows a new cast of characters created by Executive Producer Dave Filoni and his team at Lucasfilm Animation. Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide will be one of the first books licensed by Lucasfilm after the company announced that it will be rebooting its Star Wars publishing cannon. Dave Filoni wrote the forward to the book, which also includes an unprecidented behind-the-scenes section and interviews with Dave Filoni, Executive Producer Simon Kinberg (the new X-Men trilogy, The Fantastic Four, Mr & Mrs Smith) and Effects Supervisor Joel Aron.
Adam is also a contributor to StarWars.com.
Adam has also been involved in cable television production. Experience includes: consultant for Kenny & Zoltan's Venom Quest (National Geographic); consultant, location & talent scout for Gordon's Great Escape (Gordon Ramsay for Channel 4, UK); consultant for Scam City (National Geographic), broadcast interviews for CNN, and acting production assistant for a variety of documentaries for NHK (Japan).
In his previous jobs, Adam worked with chimpanzees, orangutans and bonobos (including the famous 'talking ape,' Kanzi). The image above includes a photo taken on a trip to Rwanda. The mountain gorilla was photographed on an iPhone3--without a zoom feature. He also developed online interactive promotions for Fortune 100 companies as well as feature films like Spiderman 3, Superman and Star Wars.
Recently Adam has focused on all the fun that happens when enterainment and travel intersect, from covering Star Wars Celebreation VI in Orlando, to the World Premier of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Wellington, New Zealand. Pictured below are spot interviews with Dean O'Gorman, Aidan Turner, Evangeline Lilly and Peter Jackson, as well as Adam on the set of Hobbiton.
Do you need a travel writer, journalist, fixer, photographer or guidebook guy? Are you sponsoring a press trip? If so, please contact me via the email address at the top of the page.
Additionally I am happy to work with tourism boards, travel destination bureaus, luxury hotels, resorts, fine restaurants, cruise lines and airlines. As an experienced travel journalist and guidebook writer, I know all about what your customers want, and I also know all about the common mistakes that companies in the hospitality and travel service industry commonly make. I can help you get your company or organization back on track. I can also assist with your social media and marketing campaigns. I can even take care of your photography and video needs! Just send me an email at the address above to get started.
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