Chiang Mai, Thailand

TEMPLES

united_kingdomChiang Mai is the most touristic city in the North of Thailand. It’s a cool city, I felt safe and didn’t get bored at all. We spent 4 nights here: we ate Thai food with the locals, we saw a crowd of young monks in the city, walked a lot and relaxed our feet with a foot massage. In one of the days we went for Thai Cooking School.

 The first batch of photos are from different temples in the city.


romania_flagChiang Mai este cel mai turistic oras din Nordul Tailandei.  Mi s-a parut un oras fain, m-am simtit in siguranta si nu m-am plictisit deloc. Am stat 4 nopti aici, am mancat ieftin si bun la restaurante alaturi de localnici si am vazut un mare grup de tineri calugari. Intr-una din zile am fost la un curs de gatit mancare tailandeza, despre care am povestit aici.

In primele poze sunt diverse temple din oras.

Wat Pra Singh Chiang mai thailandfiber glass monk chiang mai thailandFiber Glass statue (it looks real!) // Statuie din fibra de sticla (pare real!)

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WAT DOI SUTHEP

united_kingdomNext photos are taken at Wat Doi Suthep. At the entrance were little girls with make-up who were dancing for money (a fancy way of begging, with child exploitation) and at the entrance were children wearing colorful costumes and posing with tourists also for money; if you want to take their photo and not give them money, they cover their faces.


romania_flagUrmatoarele poze sunt de la la templul  Doi Sutep, unde erau fetite machiate strident ce dansau pentru bani (o exploatare a copiilor pentru un cersit mai …fitzos), iar la intrare alti copii in costume colorate, pozau cu turistii pentru bani; daca nu le dadeai bani isi acopereau chipul si nu se lasau pozati.

 

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SUNDAY WALKING STREET AND NIGHT BAZAAR

united_kingdomFollowing are photos from the night bazaar and Sunday Walking Street (street markets where you can find lots of stuff like clothes, food, souvenirs).


romania_flagIn pozele urmatoare puteti vedea Bazarul de Noapte si Piata de Duminica din Chiang Mai unde se gasesc o multime de produse: haine, mancare, suveniruri.

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NATIONAL ANTHEM

united_kingdomNext photo is taken at Sunday Walking Street and people are standing still while the National Anthem of Thailand was played on speakers at 6:00 PM. Thailand’s National Anthem is played twice per day at 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM and you have to stand up while it plays.


romania_flagUrmatoarea poza e facuta in Piata de Duminica: oamenii stateau nemiscati in timp ce din difuzoare rasuna Imnul National al Tailandei. Imnul Tailandei se aude de doua ori pe zi (la ora 8:00 si ora 18:00, pe strazi la ocazii speciale, in cinematografe inainte de inceperea fimlului, la TV) si trebuie sa te ridici in picioare in timp ce canta.

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VIDEO

united_kingdomIn the next video you can see Buddhist Monks praying (it’s a rhythmic and repetitive song. Very interesting!) (put the volume high!)


romania_flagIn urmatorul videoclip sunt calugari budisti la rugaciune (e un cantec ritmic si repetitiv. Foarte interesant) (dati volumul tare pentru a auzi!)

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Kanchanaburi’s role in WWII, Thailand

The Bridge on the River Kwai

united_kingdomAfter entering the Second World War in December 1941, the Japanese forces quickly overran most South-East Asia. In 1942, in order to have a short and secure line of supply between Burma (now Myanmar) and Siam (now Thailand), they decided to use prisoners of war and civilian labor to build a single line railway: the Burma-Siam railway.  This railway also passed through Kanchanaburi (in Thailand): the Bridge on the River Kwai. The project cost the lives of more than one hundred thousand prisoners of war and civilians,  as a result of sickness, accidents, exhaustion, malnutrition and mistreatment. It all ended in 1944 when the Allied forces bombed the bridge several times, to stop the Japanese invasion.


romania_flagPodul peste raul Kwai: Dupa ce au intrat in cel de-al II-lea razboi mondial in Dec. 1941, japonezii au invadat rapid Asia de Sud-Est. In 1942, ca sa aiba un transport rapid si sigur intre Burma (acum Myanmar) si Siam (acum Thailanda), au decis sa construiasca – folosing prizonieri de razboi – calea ferata Burma-Siam. Aceasta cale ferata trecea si prin Kanchanaburi, traversand raul Kwai (Podul peste raul Kwai). Constructia acestei cai ferate a costat peste 100 000 de vieti ale prizonierilor de razboi datorita bolilor, accidentelor, epuizarii, malnutritiei si tratamentului barbar. Totul s-a sfarsit in 1944 cand Aliatii au bombardat podul de cateva ori, pentru a opri avansarea invaziei Japoneze.

Bridge on the river Kwai
Bridge on the river Kwai, in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. This is not the original bridge, it’s a reconstruction (the original one was destroyed by bombing)//
Podul peste raul Kwai in Kanchanaburi, Tailanda. Acesta este o reconstruictie, originalul fiind bombardat in timpul celui de-al doilea razboi mondial pentru a opri invazia Japonezilor in Asia.

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

united_kingdomThis cemetery was built to commemorate the deaths of more than 5000 British and 1800 Dutch during the construction of Burma Railway. It’s quiet, peaceful and very well taken care of: with nice cut grass and flowers next to the tombstones.


romania_flagCimitirul acesta a fost construit pentru a comemora moartea a peste 5000 de britanici si 1800 de olandezi, decedati in timpul constructiei caii ferate de care va spuneam mai sus. Aici e liniste, pace si e foarte ingrijit: iarba tunsa si flori langa pietrele funerare.

War cemetery kanchanaburi

The Death Railway Museum and Research Center

united_kingdomThis is a great museum which I think you have to visit while in Kanchanaburi, because it presents in chronological order the historical facts and the reasons behind the construction of Railway. The exhibitions display POW’s personal belongings, journals and describe the conditions in which they had to work and live in.


romania_flagMuzeul Caii Ferate Burma-Siam: e un muzeu foarte bine organizat – prezinta in ordine cronologica istoria si motivul construirii caii ferate, sunt expuse obiecte personale ale prizonierilor de razboi, jurnalele lor, scrisori, si sunt descrise conditiile in care traiau si munceau.

death railway museum kanchanaburi

The World War II Museum

united_kingdomNot really worth visiting unless you are bored and don’t know what to do with your time. There is a bunch of things from the war period like cars, weapons, money, but not in a very well organized manner.


romania_flagMuzeul celui de-al II-lea razboi mondial: nu e musai de vizitat, decat daca esti super plictisit si nu ai altceva de facut. Sunt expuse diverse chestii din timpul razboiului: arme, masini, dar nu intr-o maniera organizata.

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After so much learning, time for sightseeing

united_kingdomLike usual, there will be dogs and cats in some of the photos…


romania_flagDupa atata istorie, e timpul de hoinarit prin oras. Vor fi catei si pisici in poze…bineinteles.

family on motorbike

shops kanchanaburi

kanchanaburi houses on river

houses on river Kwai

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on bridge on the kwai river

girl in kanchanaburi

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This puppy with pink vest was scared every time I clicked the camera//
Acest catelus cu vesta roz se speria la fiecare click cand ii faceam poza 😀

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A cat at our hotel// O pisica la hotelul nostru
A cat at our hotel//
O pisica la hotelul nostru
Our housing in Kanchanaburi// Hotelul in care am stat in Kanchanaburi
Our housing in Kanchanaburi//
Hotelul in care am stat in Kanchanaburi
View from our window// Vedere din camera
View from our window//
Vedere din camera
I'm tired, let's sleep with our bellies on the ground// Hai ca am obosit. Sa dormim cu burtile pe ciment!
I’m tired, let’s sleep with our bellies on the ground//
Hai ca am obosit. Sa dormim cu burtile pe ciment!

The slowest transportation ever!

united_kingdomWhen it’s Very Hot and you’re tired, taking a “vehicle” to drive you around seems like a good idea…but make sure you ask the maximum speed before you make a deal, because you might end up slower than by foot…


romania_flagCand e Foarte Cald si esti obosit, un mijloc de transport pare o idee foarte buna…dar inainte sa bati palma cu soferul, ar fi bine sa il intrebi care e viteza maxima, caci s-ar putea sa fie mai incet ca mersul pe jos…

Chiang Rai, Thailand

united_kingdomThe reason I wanted to visit Chiang Rai, a city in the North of Thailand, was to see the White Temple which is located just outside the city. But we also explored the city to “catch” its vibe: we saw Buddhist temples, the city life and the night bazaar. The weather was humid, there were clouds – not the best for photographing, but hopefully you’ll enjoy this virtual trip to Chiang Rai, with a nice surprise at the end of the post 🙂


romania_flagMotivul pentru care am vrut sa vizitez orasul Chiang Rai din Nordul Tailandei a fost Templul Alb – situat chiar in afara orasului. Dar am explorat si orasul intr-o seara: strazi, bazarul de noapte si temple budiste, bineinteles. Vremea nu a tinut cu noi, a fost umezeala si inorat, ce nu arata prea bine in poze, dar eu sper sa va placa oricum aceasta calatorie virtuala, cu o surpiza frumoasa la sfarsitul postarii 🙂

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Surprise!

united_kingdomAnd now, the surprise I promised you: a dog on motorbike! She patiently waited for her “parents” to come back from the shop, then, all three of them (Man, woman and dog) went away on the bike. See video.


romania_flagSi acum surpriza pe care v-am promis-o: un catel pe scuter! Isi astepta rabdatoare “parintii” sa iasa din magazin, dupa care au plecat toti trei cu scuterul. Vezi video mai jos! 🙂

dog on motorbike

SEE VIDEO of dog on motorbike!

Don’t miss:

Ayutthaya, Thailand

united_kingdomAyutthaya is located at one and half hours from Bangkok.

For 400 years Ayutthaya was one of the biggest and most important cities in the world, with a blooming commerce and over a million inhabitants. To protect the city, the king surrounded it by brick walls and defense towers. Unfortunately, in 1767  the Burmese army, after many attempted attacks, finally managed to conquer the city and they destroyed the Royal Palace and decapitated thousands of Buddha statues. The population abandoned the city and Ayutthaya remained a pile of ruined temples.


romania_flagVa vine sa credeti ca timp de 400 de ani Ayutthaya a fost unul din cele mai mari si importante orase din lume, cu un comert infloritor si peste un milion de locuitori? Ca sa protejeze orasul de atacurile Birmanezilor, regele din Ayutthaya a construit ziduri si turnuri de aparare de jur imprejur, dar din pacate, in 1767 armata birmaneza, dupa mai multe atacuri, a reusit sa cucereasca orasul. Palatul regal a fost distrus, la fel si templele, iar miile de statui ale lui Buddha au fost decapitate. Populatia a abandonat orasul iar Ayutthaya a ramas o gramada de ruine si temple distruse. In prezent centrul istoric al orasului Ayutthaya se afla in patrimoniul UNESCO.

Ayutthaya at sunset

Sights in Ayutthaya

united_kingdomThe ruined temples in the historical park in Ayutthaya. You can visit by foot (there’s a lot of walking involved!). For the sights that are not in the historical park you can take a tuk-tuk (which can be quite pricey compared to other cities). Many recommend a bike, but to me it didn’t seem like a good idea because the traffic is busy and the weather is too hot and humid for biking.

Most of the temples have an entry fee (50 or 100 Bahts/person – up to 2,5 Euros). The seller at the counter doesn’t give you the ticket unless you ask for it (so I assume the money goes into their pockets). Not all temples worth visiting though.


romania_flagCe e de vazut in Ayutthaya? Ruinele templelor din centrul istoric – poti merge pe jos, dar neaparat trebuie incaltaminte comoda, pentru ca e muuuult de mers. Multi recomanda bicicleta, dar mie nu mi s-a parut o idee buna datorita traficului, dar si vremii extrem de calduroasa si umeda. Multe temple sunt cu intrare iar casierul iti da bilet doar daca il ceri in mod special (banuiesc ca banii intra in buzunarele lor). Nu toate templele merita banii (costa pana la 10 lei de persoana ceea ce e destul de mult pentru Tailanda).

buddhist monk smoking

Wat Maha That

united_kingdomThis temple is famous for having a Buddha head entangled in the roots of a banyan tree. Here you can see many decapitated Buddha statues (The Burmese decapitated the statues when they invaded Ayutthaya, as they believed that Buddha’s spirit was living in them). There is an entry fee and if you go very soon in the morning (before 8) there are almost no visitors.


romania_flagAcest templu este faimos pentru un cap de Buddha prins intre radacinile unui copac. De asemenea aici se gasesc foarte multe statui decapitate (Birmanezii decapitau statuile lui  crezand ca in ele se afla spiritul lui Buddha). Si aici se plateste intrarea, iar daca ajungi devreme (inainte de 8), aproape ca nu e niciun vizitator.

Buddha head in Banyan Treehead of Buddha in the treeWat Maha That in AyutthayaWat Maha That

Wat Phra Si Sanphet

united_kingdomThis temple is the symbol of Ayutthaya with its three big Stupas (chedis) in a row. It served as a royal temple in old times.


romania_flagPe vremuri a fost templu regal si acum e simbolul orasului Ayutthaya (cele trei turnuri aliniate).
Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Wat Chaiwatthanaram

united_kingdomThis temple is the most touristic attraction in Ayutthaya and also my favorite. It’s outside the historical park, so we took a tuk-tuk to get there. It has a big central tower (prang) built in Khmer style (symbolizing Mount Meru) and small stupas around it (the continents).


romania_flagAcest templu e cea mai mare atractie turistica si favoritul meu. Se afla in afara centrului istoric si am ajuns la el cu un tuk-tuk. Are un turn central in stil Khmer (simbolizeaza muntele Meru) si mici turnulete in jurul sau (simbolizeaza continentele).

Wat Chaiwatthanaram in AyutthayaWat Chaiwatthanaram

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

united_kingdomThis temple is a mix of old and new: old ruins with an active monastery next to it. There are many Buddha statues of various sizes around the courtyard and also a big reclining Buddha covered with orange cloth.


romania_flagAici gasim un amestec de nou si vechi: o manastire inca activa si ruinele de langa ea. Multe statui ale lui Buddha, de diverse marimi se gasesc imprejurul curtii, printre care si un Buddha culcat.

reclining buddha

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

Buddha statues at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

Many Buddha statues at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

Wat Ratchaburana

united_kingdomThis one is really old, built in 1424. The main prang (tower) is under restoration, covered partially by a green cloth, but you can still see old original carvings on it (Lotus flowers and mythical creatures). It can be easily viewed from outside and in my opinion it’s not worth paying to get in: there was nothing spectacular to see.


romania_flagE un templu vechi, din 1424. Turnul central se restaureaza si e acoperit partial de o carpa verde, dar se pot inca vedea vechile sculpturi (flori de lotus si creaturi mitice). Din punctul meu de vedere, nu merita intrarea: se poate vedea foarte bine si din afara, iar inauntru nu e nimic spectacular de vazut.
Wat Ratchaburana

Around the city

united_kingdomWe stayed in Ayutthaya 2 nights, which I found too much for this city (many people come for one day trips from Bangkok – which is more than enough to see the essential). I didn’t like Ayutthaya too much: it was quite dirty, the tuk-tuk drivers tried to rip us off (one even lied to us that the temples open only after 9AM, but he will take us to some temples that open sooner. Luckily we didn’t believe him). On top of this, the weather tends to be hot and humid all year round. We started sightseeing at 7 in the morning hoping it would be colder, but it wasn’t; I felt I’m disintegrating and melting all day. One evening there was a local fair (with food, lots of people and noise) and we saw pink elephants and funky looking tuk-tuks.


romania_flagAm stat 2 nopti in Ayutthaya (adica mult prea mult). Multi vin doar in excursii de o zi din Bangkok (care e la doar o ora distanta), mai mult decat suficient ca sa vezi esentialul. Merita oare sa vizitezi Ayutthaya? Da, poate, dar o zi e suficienta. Personal, mie nu prea mi-a placut: e un oras cam murdarel, soferii de tuk-tuk cauta sa te jecmaneasca, unul chiar ne-a mintit ca templele se deschid dupa ora 9, dar ca ne duce el la alte temple care se deschid mai devreme (din fericire nu i-am crezut minciunile). Si peste toate, vremea tinde sa fie umeda si caniculara tot timpul anului. Am plecat sa vizitam la 7 dimineata, cu speranta ca va fi mai racoare, dar nuuuu, simteam ca ma dezintegrez si ma topesc de caldura.

Intr-una din seri am dat peste un targ local (cu mancare, aglomeratie si galagie), am vazut elefanti roz si tuk-tuk-uri…mai altfel.

pink elephants

people at a local fair in Ayutthaya

local food in Ayutthaya

Tuk-tuk in Ayutthaya

colored tuk-tuk

NO sex, just massage

shops in Ayuthhaya

flowers with different colors on the same tree

This tree had different colored flowers / Copacel cu flori de culori diferite

Don’t miss:

Koh Chang Island, Thailand

Koh Chang, Thailand

united_kingdom“Koh”= Island and “Chang”=Elephant in Thai language. Koh Chang is translated “Elephant island” named like this because of its shape.

If you are looking for a quiet and Not crowded place to spend the most relaxing vacation of your life, Koh Chang might be the place: is not as popular as the Southern destinations (like Phuket, Krabi or Ko Samui), it’s covered in jungle and the beaches are quiet and relaxing.


romania_flagInsula elefant (numita asa datorita formei sale) e, dupa parerea mea, destinatia perfecta pentru o vacanta de vis: nu e atat de populara si faimoasa (precum Phuket, Krabi sau Ko Samui) si deci nu e aglomerata! E linistita si relaxata.Khong Kloi beach koh chang

Khong Kloi Beach thailand

Transportation

united_kingdomFrom Bangkok Airport to Koh Chang take a bus to Trat and from there take the ferry to Koh Chang. Once arrived on the island, there are lots of shared Taxis (Songthaew) waiting in the port. We jumped in one of them who dropped us in front of our resort.

Koh Chang is quite big – it takes around 45 minutes by shared Taxi to get from one end to the other- and to get from one beach to another you also need transportation. Taxi driver can ask between 50-200 Baht/person (1-4 Euros) depending on the distance. It’s much cheaper to rent a motorbike: 250 Bahts/day (6 Euros) plus 3000 Bahts deposit if you don’t want to leave your Passport as a guarantee. The gasoline bottles cost another 40 Bahts/liter. (Driving a motorbike on this island is challenging and quite dangerous for an inexperienced person, because of the twisted curves going up and down. Also, remember that in Thailand they drive on the left side of the road!)

There is only one main road that goes around the island, with ups and downs, with curves and twists that can make your adrenaline go high while driving. Here is a video we took on a Taxi ride:


romania_flagInsula Koh Chang e a doua ca marime in Tailanda si transpotul cu Taxiul de la un cap la altul dureaza mai bine de 45 de minute. Distantele intre plaje sunt mari iar soferul de taxi poate cere intre 50-200 Baht (5-20 lei) in functie de distanta. Mai ieftin e sa inchiriezi un scuter cu 250 Baht/zi (25 lei pe zi) plus 40 Baht (4 Lei) gazolina. Dar e dificil si destul de periculos daca nu esti obisnuti sa mergi pe scuter, pentru ca sunt curbe cu suisuri si coborasuri, iar pe langa asta, in Tailanda se conduce pe partea stanga!

Exista un singur drum principal ce face incojurul insulei, iar cursa cu taxiul e plina de adrenalina datorita curbelor de care va spuneam (taxiul e un fel de remorca deschisa, doar cu acoperis in care nu te simti prea in siguranta, dar cu toate astea e super distractiv). Puteti vedea urmatorul video facut din taxi in drum spre plaja:

There are several beaches in Koh Chang (my favourite was Khong Kloi – see the photos) and there are national parks with a waterfalls in which you can swim (we went to Klong Plu – see photos).

Khong Kloi Beach

united_kingdomLocated on the very south of Koh Chang, this beach was nice and cozy, with fine sand. The water is clear blue and is not at all crowded (maybe 20 people on a whole beach). There are little wooden huts where they serve food and cocktails, the chairs are free to sit on and the atmosphere is quiet and relaxing.


romania_flagSunt multe plaje pe insula Koh Chang (preferata mea a fost Khong Kloi – in pozele urmatoare). E liniste, nisipul e fin, iar apa clara si albastra. Sunt casute mici din lemn unde poti manca sau comanda cocktailuri, sezlongurile sunt gratis si atmosfera e deosebit de relaxanta. Erau foarte putine persoane aici, ca si pe restul insulei de alftel.

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Fried banans and honey/ Banane prajite si miereFried banans and honey / Banane prajite si miere

Lonely Beach

united_kingdomApparently this small beach is one of the most known in Thailand, but except for one restaurant where people can meet and become friends, there wasn’t much to see or do there. The food was cheap (80 Baht -2 Euros for Pad Thai) and I also drank an amazingly flavored watermelon cocktail!


romania_flag“Plaja singuratica” – se pare ca e printre cele mai faimoase in Tailanda, dar sincer nu mi s-a parut extraordinara. E destul de micuta si are un singur restaurant unde poti intra in vorba cu ceilalti turisti si iti poti face noi prieteni. Mancarea este ieftina (Pad Thai a costat 80 Bahts – 8 Lei) si am baut un super gustos shake de pepene rosu.

lonely beach sunset lonely beach night

Pad thai is a traditional Thai dish - noodles with veggies and nuts/ Pad Thai e o mancare traditionala tailandeza - taitei cu legume si arahidePad thai is a traditional Thai dish – noodles with veggies and nuts /Pad Thai e o mancare traditionala tailandeza: taitei cu legume si arahide

lonely beach

Klong Plu Waterfall

united_kingdomIt’s a pleasant walk through the jungle to this waterfall. You can swim there and again, it wasn’t crowded, which I loved! I didn’t have the bathing suit so I went in with my clothes on, because the heat was unbearable and I needed to cool down 😀


romania_flagCa sa ajungem la Cascada Klong Plu, am mers prin jungla cam 30 de minute. Poti inota acolo, nu era aglomerat – ceea ce mi-a placut, evident. Pentru ca nu am avut costumul de baie si era o caldura insuportabila, ca sa ma racoresc am intrat in apa cu haine cu tot! 😀

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Klong Prao Beach

united_kingdomThis is another pretty beach with white sand and clear, blue water. There are a few wooden huts directly on the beach in between the palm trees. There were barely a few people here and it was very quiet!


romania_flag Klong Prao e o alta plaja draguta, cu nisip fin si alb, apa cristalina si albastra. Cateva cabane de lemn sunt construite direct pe plaja intre palmieri. Erau doar cateva persoane pe plaja, intr-o liniste paradisiaca.

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More photos from Koh Chang

Cliff top view/ Vedere din punctul cel mai inalt al insuleiCliff top view / Vedere din punctul cel mai inalt al insulei

This dog was staying under my chair/ Un catel prietenos ce statea sub sezlongul meu
This dog was staying under my chair/
Un catel prietenos ce statea sub sezlongul meu
Man relaxing in hammock/ Relaxare in hamac
Man relaxing in hammock/
Relaxare in hamac
Little elephants crossing the street/ Mici elefanti trec strada
Little elephants crossing the street/
Mici elefanti trec strada
Street in Koh Chang, with a taxi and the 7eleven supermarket/ Strada in Koh Chang, Puteti vedea un Taxi si magazinul 7 eleven
Street in Koh Chang, with a taxi and the 7eleven supermarket/
Strada in Koh Chang, Puteti vedea un Taxi si magazinul 7 eleven
Dogs at sunset/ Catei pe plaja la apus
Dogs at sunset/
Catei pe plaja la apus
In the very south of the island/ In sudul insulei
In the very south of the island/
In sudul insulei

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Gecko on our balcony/ micile soparle care erau peste tot - in camera, pe balcon... :D o placere
Gecko on our balcony/
micile soparle care erau peste tot – in camera, pe balcon… 😀 o placere

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Me in a perfect swing on the beach/ Eu in leaganul acesta minunat pe plaja Khong Kloi
Me in a perfect swing on the beach/
Eu in leaganul acesta minunat pe plaja Khong Kloi
This is the garden of our resort/ Gradina statiunii in care am stat in cele 5 nopti pe insula
This is the garden of our resort/
Gradina statiunii in care am stat in cele 5 nopti pe insula

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Photos around Cambodia

united_kingdomThese photos (mostly taken from from the car) didn’t fit in any of the other albums of Cambodia.


romania_flagUrmatoarele poze (majoritatea facute din masina) nu si-au gasit locul in celelalte albume din Cambodgia, de aceea le-am grupat aici.

cambodia houses
The houses in Cambodia are very simple, made of wood, some have no walls. Their courtyard is the jungle with palm trees /
Casele in Cambodgia sunt simple, din lemn sau stuf, uneori fara pereti si pe picioare lungi de lemn. Curtea lor e jungla inconjuratoare

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Cambodia landmine survivors/ Supravietuitori dupa explozii de mine
Cambodia landmine survivors/
Supravietuitori dupa explozii de mine

house in cambodia

you put your feet in this aquarium and the fish eat your dead skin / Iti pui picioarele in acvariu, iar pestii iti mananca pielea moarta de pe calcaie si degete. Pe acvariu scrie "va rugam hraniti pestii nostri infometati cu pielea dumneavoastra"
you put your feet in this aquarium and the fish eat your dead skin /
Iti pui picioarele in acvariu, iar pestii iti mananca pielea moarta de pe calcaie si degete. Pe acvariu scrie “va rugam hraniti pestii nostri infometati cu pielea dumneavoastra”
Family on motorbike Familie pe scuter
Family on motorbike
Familie pe scuter

house jungle cambodiaat bayoncall batman tuk tuk

this monkey stole a glove and played with it/ Aceasta maimuta a furat o manusa si s-a jucat cu ea
this monkey stole a glove and played with it/
Aceasta maimuta a furat o manusa si s-a jucat cu ea

houses in cambodiabike in car

Gasoline bottles/ Acesta nu e suc, sunt sticle cu gazolina!
Gasoline bottles/
Acesta nu e suc, sunt sticle cu gazolina!

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Angkor Wat by day (Cambodia)

united_kingdomAngkor Wat appears on Cambodia’s national flag and is the most popular and the most visited temple in Cambodia. I’ve showed you the sunrise at Angkor Wat, but let’s enjoy it’s splendor during daylight as well.


romania_flagTemplul Angkor Wat apare pe steagul Cambodgiei si este cel mai popular si cel mai vizitat templu din Cambodgia. V-am aratat rasaritul la Angkor Wat, dar haideti sa il admiram si la lumina zilei!

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monkey angkor

angkor wat siem reap

angkor wat tower

angkor wat statue

angkor wat buddha

angkor wat corridors

angkor wat interior

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basrelief angkor

entrance angkor wat

angkor wat temple

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window angkor

angkor wat hdr

angkor wat temple cambodia

columns windows angkor

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Phnom Pehn, the capital of Cambodia

united_kingdomPhnom Pehn is the capital of Cambodia, a quite filthy and creepy city in my opinion, in which I did not feel safe, mainly because all of the bad stories I’ve heard about stealing, especially on the riverfront. Basically, I’ve never felt more paranoid in any other city I’ve ever visited in this world. 2 nights in Phnom Pehn were more than enough for visiting the city and see the most important parts (The Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields).

This is a tuk-tuk ride in Phnom Pehn:

Things to do and see in Phnom Pehn

  • The Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fieldsthe most important and interesting thing to see, Phnom Pehn is worth visiting just for this!
  • The Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda (The Royal Palace is the residence of King Sihamoni. The Silver Pagoda has this name because its floor is covered in more than 5000 silver tiles (you can see them only next to the entrance, because the rest of the floor is covered by carpet).
  • The riverfront – kind of smells like urine as you walk there. I’ve seen European older men with young Asian girls and men staring at me from head to toes. There is also an aerobic session every evening – this was actually nice to see).
  • Wat Phnom – is built on the only hill in Phnom Pehn. Legend says that Madame Pehn discovered the pagoda built on this hill in 1373, in which there were 4 statues of Buddha.
  • Psar Thmei (the Central Market) – an art-deco building with a huge dome and good ventilation inside. They sell everything from jewelery to food and clothes.

As I said in the beginning, Phnom Pehn is a dusty and dirty city. I didn’t like it too much. The contempt grew even more when I saw the huge contrast between the Royal Palace (imposing, golden, big, fancy) and the rest of the city.

Interesting fact: there are no crossings for pedestrians and the drivers don’t really care that you are in the middle of the street trying to cross (so different than Belgium!)

The following photos are showing only the nice parts of the city in the most touristic areas, where we felt more safe to have the cameras around our necks.


romania_flag(Phnom Pehn e capitala Cambodgiei, un oras murdar si infiorator dupa pararea mea, in care nu m-am simtit in siguranta, mai ales datorita furturilor despre care am citit ca se intampla acolo, mai ales pe faleza. Practic, nu m-am simtit asa paranoica in niciun alt oras pe care l-am vizitat pana acum. Doua nopti in Phnom Pehn au fost mai mult decat suficiente sa vad orasul si sa vizitez esentialul – Muzeul Tuol Sleng si Campurile de Ucidere de la Choeung Ek).

De vazut in Phnom Pehn:

  • Muzeul Tuol Sleng si Campurile de Ucidere de la Choeung Ek
  • Palatul Regal si Pagoda de Argint – Regele Sihamoni locuieste in Palatul Regal, iar Pagoda de Argint – se numeste asa pentru ca are podeaua acoperita cu peste 5000 de bucati de argint, ce se pot vedea langa intrare, restul fiind acoperite cu covor.
  • Faleza – miros de urina te invaluie pe tot parcursul falezei; am vazut barbati europeni trecuti de prima tinerete (daca nu si de a doua) de mana cu tinere asiatice; alti barbati ma scanau din cap pana in picioare (brr); Ce mi-a placut a fost sesiunea de aerobic, ce are loc in fiecare seara (o sa vedeti in poze).
  • Templul Phnom – construit pe singurul deal din oras, a fost denumit dupa Doamna Phnom care a descoperit in acest loc o pagoda cu patru statui ale lui Buda.
  • Piata centrala – cladire art-deco cu un dom imens si aerisire foarte buna. Aici gasesti orice de la bijuterii pana la haine si mancare.

Cum am spus la inceput, Phnom Pehn e un oras plin de praf si murdar. Nu mi-a placut in mod deosebit, iar dispretul a crescut si mai mult cand am vazut marele contrast intre Palatul Regal (impunator, auriu, mare, ingrijit) si restul orasului.

O chestie intersanta: in Cambodia nu sunt treceri de pietoni. Ca sa traversezi trebuie sa o faci sperand ca nu vei fi calcat; soferilor putin le pasa ca tu esti in mijlocul strazii si vrei sa traversezi. Atat de diferit de Belgia!

Pozele urmatoare vor arata partile frumoase ale orasului Phnom Pehn din zonele turistice unde ne-am simtit mai in siguranta cu aparatele foto, dar tot eram cu ochii in patru.)

On the riverfront / Pe faleza.
On the riverfront / Pe faleza.
Bikes and motorbikes in Phnom Pehn
Bikes and motorbikes in Phnom Pehn
The riverfront / in fata Palatului Regal
The riverfront / in fata Palatului Regal
Aerobic session every evening on the riverfront in Phnom Pehn/ Aerobic in fiecare seara pe faleza
Aerobic session every evening on the riverfront in Phnom Pehn/ Aerobic in fiecare seara pe faleza
The courtyard of the Royal Palace / In curtea Palatului Regal
The courtyard of the Royal Palace / In curtea Palatului Regal
The courtyard of the Royal Palace
The courtyard of the Royal Palace
Idem
Idem
Architecture in Phnom Pehn
Architecture in Phnom Pehn
Royal Palace - view from the riverfront
Royal Palace – view from the riverfront
Take your shoes off when entering a Buddhist temple/ Trebuie sa te descalti la intrarea in templele budiste
Take your shoes off when entering a Buddhist temple/ Trebuie sa te descalti la intrarea in templele budiste
The Silver Pagoda
The Silver Pagoda
A nice view of Phnom Pehn
A nice view of Phnom Pehn
Entrance at Wat Phnom with Naga snake/ Scarile spre templul Phnom, cu sarpele Naga7 capete
Entrance at Wat Phnom with Naga snake/ Scarile spre templul Phnom, cu sarpele Naga7 capete
Buddha statue with money / Statuia lui Buda cu bani drept ofranda
Buddha statue with money / Statuia lui Buda cu bani drept ofranda
Man brought gifts to Wat Phnom / Barbatul acesta a adus cadou templului Phnom
Man brought gifts to Wat Phnom / Barbatul acesta a adus cadou templului Phnom
Wat Phnom/ Altarul templului Phnom
Wat Phnom/ Altarul templului Phnom
Wat Phnom
Wat Phnom
Psar Thmei - the central market with a huge dome / Piata centrala cu o cupola uriasa
Psar Thmei – the central market with a huge dome / Piata centrala cu o cupola uriasa
Central market
Central market
The dome at Psar Thmei / Piata centrala si domul urias. Aici gasesti bijuterii si multe alte produse.
The dome at Psar Thmei / Piata centrala si domul urias. Aici gasesti bijuterii si multe alte produse.
Jewelry and little Buddha  souvenirs at Psar Thmei
Jewelry and little Buddha souvenirs at Psar Thmei
A family on motorbike / O familie pe scuter
A family on motorbike / O familie pe scuter
A flower for your patience to stay till the end/ O floare pentru ca ai avut rabdare pana la sfarsit :)
A flower for your patience to stay till the end/ O floare pentru ca ai avut rabdare pana la sfarsit 🙂

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As if life had no meaning: Cambodia’s story (Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and The Killing Fields)

I am not the biggest fan of Phnom Pehn, but there are two things that made Cambodia’s capital worth the trip: the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek.

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (the ex S-21 Prison)

united_kingdomIt’s located in Phnom Pehn and is easily reached by tuk-tuk. I went there ignorant and with no real knowledge about the atrocities committed in Cambodia between ’75-’79 and left the museum horrified, with tears in my eyes.

The short story: it all started on a beautiful spring day (17th of April 1975) when the Khmer Rouge (led by Pol Pot) collapsed Cambodia’s government. Having all the power, the Khmer Rouge forced all the people living in the city to leave their homes and move in miserable conditions to country side. Phnom Pehn became a ghost city. One school in the city was transformed into Prison S-21 (Security Office 21) and was surrounded by barbed wire and iron sheets. All 4 building of this school were used for detention, interrogation and torture of people suspected of connection with the former government, as well as professionals and intellectuals. Around 20 000 people were arrested in this Prison and then executed at the Choeung Ek killing site (the Killing Field). It all ended on 7th of January 1979 when the United Front for the National Salvation of Kampuchea (UFNSK) collapsed this regime. This former prison is now a museum of genocide crime.

(The Khmer Rouge = followers of the Communist Party in Cambodia)


romania_flagMuzeul Tuol Sleng, fosta inchisoare S-21, se afla in orasul Phnom Pehn si se ajunge in cateva minute cu tuk-tuk-ul. M-am dus acolo ignoranta si fara cunostinte despre atrocitatile comise in Cambodia intre ’75-’79 si am plecat trista, terifiata si cu lacrimi in ochi.

Povestea pe scurt: totul a inceput intr-o zi de primavara (17 apr ’75) cand Kmerii Rosii (condusi de Pol Pot) au rasturnat guvernul Cambodgian. Avand toata puterea, Kmerii Rosii au evacuat fortat toti locuitorii orasului, care si-au parasit casele si s-au mutat la tara in conditii mizerabile. Phnom Pehn a devenit un oras fantoma. Una din scolile din oras a fost transformata in Inchisoarea S-21 (Biroul Securitatii 21) si a fost incercuita de sarma ghimpata. Toate cele 4 cladiri ale scolii erau folosite pentru detentie, interogare si tortura a persoanelor suspectate de legaturi cu fostul guvern, cat si intelectuali si profesionisti. Unele sali de clasa au fost impartite in mici celule din caramida sau lemn pentru o singura persoana. Aproximativ 20 000 de oameni au fost arestati in aceasta Inchisoare, iar apoi ucisi la Choeung Ek (campurile de ucidere). Totul s-a sfarsit pe 7 ian ’79, cand Frontul Unit al Salvarii Nationale Kampuchea a daramat acest regim. Iar fosta inchisoare este acum Muzeul Genocidului Tuol Sleng.

In these rooms were detained cadres who were accused of leading the uprising against Pol Pot revolution. Their cages were furnished with a bed, blanket, cushion and mat. The iron bucket was to dispose their body waste. / Camera unde erau incarcerate cadrele acuzate de conducerea revoltei impotriva lui Pol Pot. In camera lor se gasea un pat cu saltea, perna si patura, Cutiile de metal erau pentru urina si materii fecale.In these rooms were detained cadres who were accused of leading the uprising against Pol Pot revolution. Their cages were furnished with a bed, blanket, cushion and mat. The iron bucket was to dispose their body waste. / Camera unde erau incarcerate cadrele acuzate de conducerea revoltei impotriva lui Pol Pot. In camera lor se gasea un pat cu saltea, perna si patura, Cutiile de metal erau pentru urina si materii fecale.

see previous photo for description / vezi descrierea pozei precedentesee previous photo for description / vezi descrierea pozei precedente

One of the 4 buildings of the school which was transformed in Prison / Una din cele 4 cladiri ale scolii transformate in inchisoare, acum Muzeul Tuol SlengOne of the 4 buildings of the school which was transformed in Prison
Una din cele 4 cladiri ale scolii transformate in inchisoare, acum Muzeul Tuol Sleng

Barbed wire / Sarma ghimpata de care va spuneam mai devremeThe buildings were covered in a fishnet barbed wire, preventing prisoners from comittin suicide by jumping down.
Cladirile erau acoperite in sarma ghimpata pentru a preveni sinuciderea prin aruncare de la etaj a prizonierilor

The buildings were covered in a fishnet barbed wire, preventing prisoners from comittin suicide by jumpung down. / Cladirile erau acoperite de sarma ghimpata pentru a preveni sinuciderea prin aruncare de la etaj a prizonierilor

This wooden pole was used by children for physical education, but was turned into interrogation and torture machine. The prisoners' hands were tied behind their back and was lifted upside down until he lost consciousness, then the interrogator dipped the prisoner's head into a barrel of filthy water (this shocked the victims, quickly regaining consciousness so that the torturer could continue their questioning) / aceasta bara de lemn era folosita de copii la orele de educatie fizica, dar a fost transformata in obiect de tortura in timpul regimului Pol Pot. Aici prizonierii erau legati de ambele maini si tinuti cu capul in jos pana isi pierdeau cunostinta, dupa care erau coborati cu capul in butoaie cu apa statuta, ceea ce ii trezea instantaneu, iar interogarea putea fi continuata. This wooden pole was used by children for physical education, but was turned into interrogation and torture machine. The prisoners’ hands were tied behind their back and was lifted upside down until he lost consciousness, then the interrogator dipped the prisoner’s head into a barrel of filthy water (this shocked the victims, quickly regaining consciousness so that the torturer could continue their questioning)
Aceasta bara de lemn era folosita de copii la orele de educatie fizica, dar a fost transformata in obiect de tortura in timpul regimului Pol Pot. Aici prizonierii erau legati de ambele maini la spate si tinuti cu capul in jos pana isi pierdeau cunostinta, dupa care erau coborati cu capul in butoaie cu apa statuta, ceea ce ii trezea instantaneu, iar interogarea putea fi continuata.

The absurd rules at this Prison / Regulile absurde ale inchisoriiThe absurd rules at this Prison / Regulile absurde ale inchisorii

Wooden cells for individual prisoners / Celule mici din lemn Some classrooms were divided into small wooden or brick cells for individual prisoners.
Celule mici din lemn

Brick cells / Celule din caramidaBrick cells
Celule din caramida

Local Cambodian students visiting the Tuol Sleng Museum / Scolari cambodgieni viziteaza muzeul Tuol SlengLocal Cambodian students visiting the Tuol Sleng Museum
Elevi cambodgieni viziteaza muzeul Tuol Sleng

The corridor of this ex-school The corridor of this ex-school

Some of the victims / O mica parte din victimePohotos of some of the victims / O mica parte din victime

Survivor of the Prison S21 / Un supravietuitor al torturilor din inchisoarea S21Survivor of the Prison S21
Un supravietuitor al torturilor din inchisoarea S21

Defintions of Genocide and Crime against Humanity for better understanding of the concept / Conform acestor definitii, se pare  ca ce s-a intamplat aici nu a fost genocid, ci crima impotriva umanitatii.Defintions of Genocide and Crime against Humanity for better understanding of the concept
Conform acestor definitii, se pare ca ce s-a intamplat aici nu a fost genocid, ci crima impotriva umanitatii.

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The scratched faces of all the monsters that are responsible for the crimes/ oamenii au scrijelit fetele acestor monstri care au comis crime si torturi (primul este Pol Pot).The scratched faces of all the monsters that are responsible for the crimes
Oamenii au scrijelit fetele acestor monstri care au comis crime si torturi (primul este Pol Pot).

The Killing Fields at Choeung Ek

united_kingdomAll the women, men and children imprisoned and tortured at S-21 were transported here, at the extermination fields of Choeung Ek where they were shot or bludgeoned to death. In the mass graves were found fragments of bones, skulls and clothes of those killed here. They say that fragments of bones are still getting to surface after heavy rains.

At the entrance they provide an excellent audio tour where I found out that one of Pol Pot’s slogans were: “Better to kill and innocent by mistake, than to spare and enemy by mistake”. Very cruel and heartless.


romania_flag(Toate femeile, barbatii si copiii incarcerati in Inchisoarea S-21 de care va spuneam mai sus, erau transportati aici, la Campurile de Ucidere Choeung Ek, unde erau impuscati si adeseori ciomagiti pana la moarte pentru a economisi gloante). In gropile comune s-au gasit fragmente de oase, cranii si hainele celor ucisi aici. Ei spun ca dupa ploi grele inca mai apar la suprafata oase. La intrare poti lua un excelent ghid audio. Unul din sloganurile lui Pol Pot era” Mai bine sa omori un inocent din greseala, decat sa cruti un inamic din greseala“. Cata cruditate!)

The Memorial Stupa at the Killing Fields, erected in 1988The Memorial Stupa at the Killing Fields, erected in 1988

Magic tree...the tree was used for hanging a loud speaker which made loud sound to avoid the moan of victims while they were being executed / copacul magic...in acest copac se atarna o boxa uriasa cu sunetul tare pentru a acoperi urletele victimelor in timpul executieiMagic tree…the tree was used for hanging a loud speaker which made loud sound to cover the moan of victims while they were being executed
Copacul magic…in acest copac se atarna o boxa uriasa cu sunetul tare pentru a acoperi urletele victimelor in timpul executiei

Mass grave at the killing fields / Una din groapile comune ale victimelor de la Campurile de UcidereMass grave at the killing fields / Una din gropile comune ale victimelor de la Campurile de Ucidere

Killing tree against which executioners beat children / Copacul sub care se bateau copiiiKilling tree against which executioners beat children / Copacul sub care se bateau copiii

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Victim's clothes and fragments of bonesVictim’s clothes and fragments of bones

More than 8000 skulls are arranged by sex and age in the Memorial Stupa at the Killing Fields / Peste 8000 de cranii sunt aranjate in functie de sex si varsta in monumentul memorial de la Campurile de UcidereMore than 8000 skulls are arranged by sex and age in the Memorial Stupa at the Killing Fields
Peste 8000 de cranii sunt aranjate in functie de sex si varsta in monum

We got to the Killing Fields by tuk-tuk. The ride took about 40 minutes bumpy and dusty ride. The driver gave us masks for dust, but they didn't help too much :D / Calatorie de aprox 40 de min cu tuk tuk-ul, praf mult si gropi mai ceva ca pe luna. Soferul ne-a dat masti care au protejat foarte putin impotriva poluarii si a prafuluiWe got to the Killing Fields by tuk-tuk. The bumpy and dusty ride took about 40 minutes. The driver gave us masks for dust, but they didn’t help too much 😀
Calatorie de aprox 40 de min cu tuk tuk-ul, praf mult si gropi mai ceva ca pe luna. Soferul ne-a dat masti care au protejat foarte putin impotriva poluarii si a prafului

The crowded streets of Phnom Pehn / Trafic in Phnom PehnThe crowded streets of Phnom Pehn / Trafic in Phnom Pehn

This girl was begging just outside the Killing Fields. She has very sad eyes / Aceasta fetita cu ochi tristi a venit langa tuktuk-ul nostru sa cerseasca.This girl was begging just outside the Killing Fields. She has very sad eyes
Aceasta fetita cu ochi tristi a venit langa tuktuk-ul nostru sa cerseasca.

The ride by tuk tuk towards the Killing fields was dusty and bumpy; here is a youtube video of it:

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

united_kingdomSiem Reap is the most famous and most touristic city in Cambodia, because it’s located at just few kilometers from Angkor Temples. Tourist sleep overnight in Siem Reap and go on day trips to visit the temples at Angkor. There are several ways to reach the Angkor Temples from Siem Reap: by tuk-tuk, bike, motorbike or hiring a private driver who is at your disposal and takes you around (the price was 130 US Dollars for 3 days on a car with AC).

We spent 5 nights in Siem Reap (3 days Angkor Temples and 1 day exploring Siem Reap).

With the Lonely Planet guide in one hand and heavy cameras around the neck, we slowly dived into the local culture, people and traffic. We saw temples, monks, children, schools, people getting haircuts, people sleeping in tuk-tuk, we ate tasty traditional food and drank local beer and fruity cocktails.


romania_flagSiem Reap e cel mai faimos si turistic oras din Cambodgia datorita locatiei la doar cativa kilometri de Templele de la Angkor. Practic, stai peste noapte in Siem Reap, iar ziua faci excursii la templele Angkor. Sunt mai multe modalitati de a ajunge la temple: cu tuk-tuk, bicicleta (pentru aventurosi), scuter sau, metoda aleasa de noi, un sofer privat care e practic la dispozitia ta cate zile il angajezi: ne-a facut itinerariul si ne-a dus cat e ziua de lunga de la un templu la altul. A costat in jur de 130 dolari americani pentru 3 zile (preturile sunt in dolari americani in Cambodgia, iar pentru ce e sub un dolar, iti da restul in Riel, bani cambodgieni. 1 dolar= 4000 rieli.

Dupa aceste 3 zile in care am avut la dispozitie sofer si masina pentru a vizita numeroasele temple de la Angkor, ne-am dorit sa fim pe cont propriu pentru a explora orasul Siem Reap pe jos, sa ne avantam in cultura si traditiile locale.

Am vazut temple, scoli, copii, oameni la frizer, somnorosi in tuk-tuk, am mancat mancare traditionala si am gustat bere locala si cocktailuri de fructe.

Buddhist monks in Siem ReapBuddhist monks in Siem Reap

Tourists in Tuk-TukTourists in Tuk-Tuk

Street in Siem Reap / strada in Siem ReapStreet in Siem Reap / Strada in Siem Reap

Wat Bo temple in Siem Reap / Templul (manastirea) Wat Bo in Siem ReapWat Bo temple in Siem Reap / Templul (manastirea) Wat Bo in Siem Reap

Monk hanging out laundry / Calugar budist pune rufele la uscatBuddhist monk hanging out laundry / Calugar budist pune rufele la uscat

The "kitchen" at Wat Bo temple / "bucataria" manastirii Wat BoThe “kitchen” at Wat Bo temple / “Bucataria” manastirii Wat Bo

Wat Bo templeWat Bo temple

Many Stupa are found at all buddhist monasteries / Stupa (pietre funerare budiste) se gasesc in curtile tuturor manastirilor budisteMany Stupas are found at all Buddhist monasteries / Stupa (pietre funerare budiste) se gasesc in curtile tuturor manastirilor budiste

A party in the street / O petrecere in stradaA party in the street / O petrecere in strada

..and another party on the street / O alta petrecere pe strada…and another party on the street / O alta petrecere pe strada

Cooking on the street and spending time with the family / Gatitul se face pe strada in fata casei, unde familia petrece timp impreunaCooking on the street and spending time with the family / Gatitul se face pe strada in fata casei, unde familia petrece timp impreuna

A golden Buddha in a big, golden lotus flower / O statuie aurie a lui Buddha in mijlocul unei uriase flori de lotusA golden Buddha in a big, golden lotus flower / O statuie aurie a lui Buddha in mijlocul unei uriase flori de lotus

Golden Buddha statues / statui aurii reprezentandu-l pe BuddhaGolden Buddha statues / Statui aurii reprezentandu-l pe Buddha

Wat Preah Prohm RothWat Preah Prohm Roth

Cows at temple / nu am inteles ce era cu vacile astea la templul Wat Preah Prohm RothCows at temple / Templul Wat Preah Prohm Roth

That's how a classroom in the foreing language school in Siem Reap looks like / Asa arata o sala de clasa in scoala de limbi straine din Siem ReapClassroom in the Foreign Language School in Siem Reap/ Asa arata o sala de clasa in scoala de limbi straine din Siem Reap

The Language school in Siem Reap/ Aceasta este scoala de limbi straineThe Language School in Siem Reap/ Aceasta este scoala de limbi straine

Street in Siem ReapStreet in Siem Reap

Children in uniform on bikes / elevi in uniforma pe bicicletaChildren in uniform, riding bikes / Elevi in uniforma, pe bicicleta

Children at school playing during break / Copii la scoala in recreatieChildren at school playing during school break / Copii la scoala in recreatie

Wat Dam Nak / Un al templu si un calugar portocaliuWat Dam Nak / Templul Dam Nak si un calugar portocaliu

Stupa / Monumente funerareStupa / Monumente funerare

Monks at lunch / Calugari la pranzMonks at lunch / Calugari la pranz

Courtyard at Wat Dam Nak / curtea manastirii Wat Dam NakCourtyard at Wat Dam Nak / Curtea manastirii Wat Dam Nak

Wat Preah An Kau SaaWat Preah An Kau Saa

On a back alley / Pe o alee in Siem ReapOn a back alley / Pe o alee in Siem Reap

Golden Buddha Statues

The next 3 photos are with people sleeping. Because is very hot, people have a more relaxed attitude and they sleep wherever they can (mostly in open air) / Urmatoarele 3 poze sunt cu oameni dormind. E f cald in Cambodia si oamenii au o atitudine mai ...relaxata. Dorm pe unde apuca, de obicei in aer liber :DBecause it’s very hot, people have a more relaxed attitude and sleep anywhere / E f cald in Cambodia si oamenii au o atitudine mai …relaxata. Dorm pe unde apuca, de obicei in aer liber 😀

Sleeping with the door opened / Dormind cu usa deschisa, oricine poate vedea in interiorul caseiSleeping with the door opened / Dormind cu usa deschisa, oricine poate vedea in interiorul casei

Driver sleeping in his Tuk-Tuk / Soferul acestui tuk-tuk si-a instalat un mic hamac (asa cum face majoritate de altfel)Driver sleeping in his Tuk-Tuk / Soferul acestui tuk-tuk si-a instalat un mic hamac (asa cum face majoritate de altfel)

Hair dresser in Siem Reap / Frizer in Siem ReapHair dresser in Siem Reap / Frizer in Siem Reap

Siem Reap River / Raul din Siem ReapSiem Reap River / Raul din Siem Reap

Water lilies at a local market / Flori de nuferi de vanzare la piataWater lilies at a local market / Flori de nuferi de vanzare la piata

how people go around the city / transportul prin oras

Wat BoWat Bo

Angkor National Museum

united_kingdomThe day finished at the Angkor National Museum – a very well organized and interesting museum. The religion and culture of the Khmer Empire is clearly explained in detail, we learned about all the gods and Buddhist religion and we understood the meaning of certain sculptures and bas-reliefs at Angkor Temples.


romania_flagAm terminat ziua la Muzeul National Angkor un muzeu bine pus la punct si extrem de interesant. Este explicat clar si in detaliu despre religia si cultura imperiului Khmer, despre toti zeii si religia Budista, am inteles semnificatiile anumitor sculpturi si basoreliefuri de la Templele Angkor. Ne intrebam daca nu era mai bine sa vizitam muzeul inainte de a vedea templele, dar cred ca a fost mai bine dupa, pentru ca asa am putut asocia ce am vazut la temple cu ce era prezentat in muzeu.

Angkor National Museum

Pub Street

united_kingdomWe spent a previous evening on Pub Street in Siem Reap – the most famous street in the city center. Yellow umbrellas are hanging upside down along the Pub Street, and they provide a cool shadow during the hot, sunny days in Cambodia.

There are many restaurant and pubs on this Pub Street (DUH!) and you can find cheap draft beer (50 cents).

We had a delicious dinner at “Khmer and proud of it” restaurant, while watching an Apsara dance performance (Apsaras are young, beautiful and elegant women who dance graciously).


romania_flagIntr-una din serile precedente ne-am dus pe Pub Street din Siem Reap (strada pub-urilor din centrul orasului) cu multe restaurante si baruri, cu bere la halba foarte ieftina (50 centi) si mancare excelenta. Am mancat la un restaurant ce se numeste “Sunt Khmer si sunt mandru de asta” care, pe langa mancarea traditionala foarte gustoasa, a avut si un program traditional Apsara (Apsara sunt fete tinere, elegante si foarte frumoase ce danseaza gratios).

Pub Street e acoperita de umbrele galbene si e umbra in timpul zilelor insorite.

Tragand linie, Siem Reap mi-a parut un oras prietenos in care m-am simtit in siguranta si il recomand pentru vizitare!

The pub street with yellow umbrellas / Pub Street in centru, cu umbrele galbeneThe pub street with yellow umbrellas / Pub Street in centru, cu umbrele galbene

pub street by night

Apsara dance performance/ Dans traditional ApsaraApsara dance performance/ Dans traditional Apsara

Apsara danceApsara dance

Ankgor What? pub - "Promoting irresponsible drinking since 1998" Ankgor What? pub – “Promoting irresponsible drinking since 1998”

Pub street by day

Tourists on Pub StreetTourists on Pub Street

Angkor W(h)at?Angkor W(h)at?

I found Siem Reap a friendly city and I recommend it for visiting, along with the Angkor Temples, of course.

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8 beautiful Angkor temples, in Cambodia

Banteay Srei (“Citadel of the Women”)

united_kingdomWith fine, detailed, tridimensional carvings on the walls, that looks like concrete lace, Banteay Srei is one of my favourite Angkor temples. Legend says that it’s been built by a woman, as the elaborate carvings are supposedly too fine for the hand of a man. Built in 967 AD, Banteay Srei was a temple dedicated to Shiva and is considered to be the jewel of Angkorian craftmanship. The surface of the temple is almost fully covered in decorations and mythical guardians watch over such perfect creations.


romania_flagBanteay Srey- Orasul Femeilor. Mici sculpturi tridimensionale, fine, detaliate, ce par a fi tesute din dantela fac din acest templu o bijuterie Angkoriana ce se afla printre preferatele mele din toate templele din Angkor, in Cambodia. Legenda spune ca Banteay Srei a fost construit de o femeie, deoarece sculpturile laboriaoase sunt mult prea fine pentru mainile unui barbat. Suprafetele peretilor sunt aproape in intregime acoperite in decoratiuni, iar creaturi mitice vegheaza asupra acestei minunate creatii. Templul a fost construit in anul 967 si a fost dedicat zeului  Shiva.

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Preah Khan (“Sacred Sword”)

united_kingdomOne of the largest complexes at Angkor, the temple of Preah Khan reminds me of Ta Prohm, but with fewer visitors. In the maze of corridors, between the ruins, there were local children spending time.


romania_flagPreah Khan – “Sabia sacra“: este unul din cele mai vaste complexe din Angkor si parca seamana un pic cu templul Ta Prohm, dar cu mai putini turisti. Copii isi petreceau timpul in labirintul de ruine.

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Pre Rup (“Turning the body”)

united_kingdomPre Rup was built during Rajendravarman II and it has pyramid shape towers. “Turning the body” refers to a traditional method of cremation.


romania_flagTemplul Pre Rup – “Rotirea cadavrului”: a fost construit in timpul lui Radendravarman al II-lea si are turnuri in forma de piramida. Rotirea cadavrului se refera la o metoda traditionala de incinerare.

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Neak Poan

united_kingdomA tower on a lake.


romania_flagNeak Poan: Templul de pe lac.

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Ta Som

united_kingdomTa Som temple, built in the 12th century, provides a good photo opportunity: a huge tree embracing the eastern tower.


romania_flagIn templul Ta Som, construit in sec al XII-lea, se afla un copac urias ce invaluie turnul de est.

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Eastern Mebon

united_kingdomThis Hindu temple is guarded at its corners by carved stone elephants.


romania_flagMebonul de Est: acest templu Hindus este pazit la colturi de elefanti ciopliti in piatra.

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Beng Mealea

united_kingdomBuilt in the 12th century, Beng Mealea is a mysterious temple drowned in jungle. Lonely Planet names it: “The ultimate Indiana Jones experience. Paths take you through piles of stones and hanging vines, and the foliage offers cool shadow during hot days.


romania_flagConstruit in sec al XII-lea, Beng Mealea e un templu misterios invadat de jungla. Ghidul Lonely Planet numeste templul :”experienta suprema Indiana Jones“. Sunt alei ce te duc printre gramezi de pietre si liane, iar umbra racoroasa a copacilor e perfecta in zilele calduroase!

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Preah Koh

united_kingdomBuilt in the 9th century, this temple dedicated to Shiva has 6 towers (3 in the front related to male ancestors and 3 in the back related to female ancestors). Stone lions guard the steps of the temple.


romania_flagConstruit in secolul IX si dedicat zeului Shiva, templul Preah Koh are 6 turnuri (cele 3 din fata se refera la stramosii de sex masculin, iar cele 3 turnuri din spate se refera la stramosii de sex feminin. Lei din piatra vegheaza treptele templului.

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Ta Prohm – the jungle temple in Cambodia

united_kingdomTa Prohm is by far my favorite temple of Angkor, in Cambodia- invaded by jungle, it has a mystical atmosphere and the big, strong roots embrace the walls giving the impression that the tall trees grew from the ruins! It’s like a real adventure game, expecting for hidden doors to open behind the roots and lianas.

This temple built in the late 12th century and abandoned in the 17th century, is one of the most popular temples at Angkor.

Scenes from the movie “Tomb Raider” (starring Angelina Jolie) were filmed here at Ta Prohm Temple.


romania_flagDintre toate templele din Angkor in Cambodgia, Ta Prohm este preferatul meu – este invaluit in atmosfera misterioasa a junglei, iar radacinile copacilor uriasi inconjoara zidurile templului si parca au crescut direct din ruine! M-am simtit ca intr-un joc de aventura, asteptand dintr-un moment in altul sa se deschida vreo usa ascunsa printre liane si radacini.

Construit la sfarsitul sec. XII si abandonat in sec. XVII, Ta Prohm este unul din cele mai vizitate si fotografiate temple din Angkor.

P.S. Aici au fost filmate scene din filmul “Tomb Raider“, cu Angelina Jolie.

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