Phnom Penh / Cambodia
“Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, was once known as the Pearl of Asia before the country spun into turmoil with the mass killings by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Over the last few decades, Phnom Penh has grown into an economic center, sprawled with high rises, hotels, historical architecture, modern malls, and an incredible food culture.” (source: tripadvisor)
The Bayon is a richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII.
The Bayon’s most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and smiling stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak.
People at the Phsar Leu Market / Shihanoukville / Cambodia
Cambodia / Phsar Leu / Shianoukville
no craft beer from Berlin
no craft coffee in Moscow
no crafted tailoring from Milano
….THIS is crafted… …no fancy Hipster Stuff
…this is crafted by people for people.
Cambodia… …food here… …food there… …food is almost everywhere.
…no, this is not a 80s remix of Kim Wilde songs… ..this is just for the kids of Cambodia. 🙂
If you want to reach these floating villages, you just have to follow the Tonle Sap River from Phnom Penh upstream… .. no .. ..downstream … ..okay it really depends on dry and rainy season …
A special feature of the Tonle Sap River is that it changes its direction of flow during the rainy season.
Not only on the Tonle Sap Lake, but also on its tributaries you will find the floating villages.
During the rainy season, the water level can rise up to 6 meters in these rivers and flooding the large floodplain areas. Many villages on these rivers are then no longer accessible by land. But for that brings the flood nutrient mud on the rice fields and offers many species of fish a breeding ground.
Ta Prohm is the modern name of the temple at Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara. It was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm is in much the same condition in which it was found.
The temple of Ta Prohm was used as a location in the film Tomb Raider.
But for me, the mystic and the spell of that place, is precise the spot where the story The Jungle Book took place. These temples, the jungle, the light, the temperature, the humidity… …and if you are really, really quite and listen really carefully, I’m sure you can hear that gentle echo of Mowgli and Baloo singing about the bare necessities. Promised. 🙂
If I would tell you that I was in a village with a school, a supermarket, a petrol station, a mosque, a church, a city hall and many houses you would probably say… …so what?
But if I would tell you that this village is floating on a lake, you probably are the same surprised as I was, when I heart the first time of that floating village.
You’ll find the village of Chong Khneas on the very north end of the Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia. About 2.000 people life here and get their income from fishing. No traffic jams, no cars… …but everybody got its own vehicle to go from house to house.
…to be continued…
Just right back from Cambodia.
…but before I start to publish some stories about that stunning country, I want to say thank you to all cambodian people I’ve met.
Thank you for all the smiles you put on our faces and thanks for all the smiles you gave to us. You are wonderful!