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Cambodia

junij 18th, 2007 Comments off

The Kingdom of Cambodia is a special country, formerly known as Kampuchea. It witnessed one special civilization, Khmer Empire. A civilization which flourished in the area from the 9th century to the 13th century. The Khmer Empire declined yet remained powerful in the region until the 15th century. The empire’s center of power was Angkor, where a series of capitals was constructed during the empire’s zenith. Angkor Wat, the most famous and best-preserved religious temple at the site, is a reminder of Cambodia’s past as a major regional power.

After the brutality of the 1970s and the 1980s, and the destruction of the cultural, economic, social and political life of Cambodia, it is only in recent years that reconstruction efforts have begun and some political stability has finally returned to Cambodia. Don’t know why, but always when i hear Cambodia, a movie “Apocalypse now” springs to my mind… That river. That rain.

Even the first contact with Cambodia is interesting. The border crossing that majority of us are not used. And then the first larger town, Stung Treng. Yep, you can clearly see, that this is completely different country that Laos. A lot of garbage on the streets and extremely bad road. It seems that time has stop in 80s and only now rebuilding begins…

Phnom Penh is a bustling city. But two decades of brutality left also some scars to the city itself. If Vientiene in Laos was busy, this was incredibly alive. And dusty. Tuk-tuk galore. Tout galore. Even though i was there in »a winter«, it was hot and humid…

Siam reap is the center of the tourism. Yep, as Angkor was a center of power a few decades, Angkor is today a tourism headquarters. Incredible number of temples, big, small. Here you can see, how strong the nature is (for example Ta Prohm). Unfortunately, people are just flying in, for day or two, to experience the magic of the khmer. And then they fly away. And just a few kilometers away, on the rim of the Tonle Sap lake and on the floating villages, people are living traditionally, far away from the dollars of the tourism.

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Nasvidenje Kambodza, dobrodosla civilizacija…

december 9th, 2006 Comments off

Ja, tako kratka razdalja in taksna razlika v razvitosti… ceste so spet normalne, in ni se treba vec voziti 4 ure za 100 kilometrov… Nihce se vec ne vozi na strehah, vse skupaj nekam drvi… Dokaj nezapleten prehod meje, je pa zanimivo kaj je v Poipetu med mejama… Casino, saj so igre na sreco prepovedane na Tajskem… nekaj podobnega kot so bili vcasih duty free shopi na nasih mejah… in to nek mali casino, ogromne stavbe… Je pa dejansko to mesto takoj za pozabiti… Ah, pa se vse stvari so drazje na Tajskem… skoda…

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Pot v Battambang…

december 8th, 2006 Comments off

Fantasticno… 8 ur z ladjico… najprej po jezeru Tonle Sap in potem se po reki do Battambang… Vseskozi plavajocih vasic, ribicev… noro lepo in sem kar brez besed…

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Angkor

december 7th, 2006 Comments off

Po skoraj dveh tednih koncno v Siam Reapu, verjetno najbolj turisticnem mestu v Kambodzi. Samo po sebi je mesto dokaj nezanimivo (ceprav je ob reki prav lustno), je pa v blizini ogromno templjev iz casov Kmerskega kraljestva, vkljucno z Angkor Watom.

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Phnom Penh

december 6th, 2006 Comments off

Potim se. Soba je vroca, brez zraka. Nekako vrti se mi prizor iz filma The beach (obala), ko Leonardo de Caprio caka v Bangkoku na naslednjo akcijo in potem po nekem cudeznem nakljucju dobi pod vrata listek z mapo skrivne obale. Kot da bi prisel v totalno drug svet, ki je tako razlicen od umirjenega Laosa. Ma kaj Laosa, severa Kambodze… Mesto resnicno zivi, utripa, je vse to kar sem pricakoval… umazanijo, urejeni kaos in ogromno prahu… Eh, bluzim… malo delirious… je bil vceraj slovenski overdose tukaj, pa mi nekako to ne pase nekje dalec na drugem koncu sveta… in sem se moral umakniti…

Drugace pa… soba je 4US$. Povsod letajo scurki… fajn… tasty. Zjutraj en scurek nebogljeno lezi na hrbtu in miga… Zasvicam takoj ko se obrisem po tusu. Tale backpackerski district okoli jezera (ne vem iz glave imena, je pa smrdeca mlakuza polna komarjev, verjetno malaricnih) je resnicno ogaben, tuk tukovci vsiljivi, na vsakem metru vsaj trava ce ne kaj vec… Vseeno, hrana pa ni slaba, pa se dolgo je odprto…

Ampak vseeno… I like it… feel like home(pa ne me narobe razumet)… feel like in India… rad imam neurejeno urejeni kaos…. Tudi drugii deli mesta zivijo… in tudi kot glavno mesto precej bolje funkcionira od umirjenega Vietneana… vsaj zdi se mi tako.. .in tukaj bi brez problema prezivel vec dni, samo iz tega dela mesta bi bilo treba iti… npr. predel ob reki Sap je veeeeliko bolj privlacen in na koncu koncev tudi pristen… drugic 🙂

Drugace pa… imajo zanimivo trznico z enim kupom uporabne in neuporabne krame – Russian market – tako se imenuje, ker so menda rusi tja hodili kupovat na kile… (se zdej mi je malo zal, da si nisem kupil enega novega rukzaka, ki ga dobis za smesne denarje).

Poleg vsega tega vecina obiskovalcev Phonm Penha obisce tudi dva opomnika neprijetne zgodovine, povezana s Pol Potom in rdecimi kmeri – Polja smrti in zapor mucenja…

Eh… grem raje nazaj v sweaty hostel, sanjat o obali… Sicer pa… soncni vzhod ob hostlu je cisto romanticen… ce vsaj smrdelo ne bi in ce bi bil s pravo osebo…

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