Category South East Asia

Sunday Photo – Mekong Fishery, Vietnam

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A-Z April Challenge – Wat Pho Temple, Bangkok

Bangkok can best be described as manic and magnificent in equal measure. Amongst all of the wonderful chaos you have the splendour of the Grand Palace and its nearby little brother, the Wat Pho Temple (or Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn to give its official name!). The grounds and temples are splendid, but the undoubted main […]

A-Z April Challenge – Tuol Sleng Detention Centre, Phnom Penh

This is not my normal style of post, but a story that should be repeated a million times so all are aware of what horrors went on in Cambodia in the seventies……… In the same way that no visit to the wonderful city of Kraków should be unaccompanied by a sombre, thought-provoking side trip to […]

Friday Photo – Rose Petals, Bangkok

A-Z April Challenge, Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I visited Cambodia in 2015 as part of my 50th birthday celebrations, starting out in wonderful Phnom Penh. Having been struck dumb by the sadness of the macabre Killing Fields & Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum where the Khmer Rouge meted out such misery, I was somewhat revived by the beauty of the Royal Palace. It […]

A-Z April Challenge – Prambanan, Indonesia

For an Islamic country as Indonesia is, it has some fine religious buildings representing other faiths. I have already blogged in the A-Z Challenge about the amazing Javanese Buddhist temple of Borobudur and now it is the turn of the nearby Hindu shrine of Prambanan. I visited Java & Bali in 1997 (we were actually […]

Sunday Photo – Luang Prabang, Laos

A-Z April Challenge – Mekong River

The mighty Mekong has its source in the Tibetan Plateau in China and flows through China’s Yunnan Province and onto Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia before reaching the South China Sea in Southern Vietnam. It is the 12th longest river in the world at around 4,350 km and is the lifeblood for millions of South […]

Wordless Wednesday – Lake, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia

A-Z April Challenge – Elephant Village, Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang in Laos is an amazing city, perhaps the most spiritual place I have ever visited. After chilling out with the Buddhist monks and viewing fabulous Mekong sunsets, we decided to get up close with rescued elephants at a sanctuary out of town. Having read a lot of adverse articles about the suffering of […]