Donnerstag, 30. August 2007

People, people, people...

Thailand - Bangkok...

Thailand - Ko Tao & Ko Pha Ngan

Cambodia - Siem Rea

Cambodia - Sihanoukville

Phnom Penh - capitol of Cambodia

Cambodia... a really many-sided country. On the one hand the marvelous temples of Angkor, on the other hand such a cruel and dark history with over two million people (about half the Cambodian population) being killed by the Khmer Rouge 1975...
The Killing Fields

The S 21 prison:

The National Museum

The Grand Palace

Mittwoch, 29. August 2007

Cambodia - Temples of Angkor

The Temples of Angkor have a long an interesting history. I got a three-day-pass for $40. That's really expensive if your on low budget, but you can't go to Cambodia without seeing Ankor Wat...

Angkor Wat

Bayon of Angkor Thom

It is really hard in Cambodia... the country is really poor and parents send their children out the whole day to sell things to tourists. It's not that easy to look in their bagging faces and big brown eyes and say no. Even though I'm on a really, really low budget trip I still have so unbelievable much money compared to all the people living in Cambodia.

Sonntag, 26. August 2007

Sometimes I have to wonder...

Hey guys....

How are you all back home?! What's going on?
I'm kind of fine, but I have to admit... this time I miss something. In Australia everything was fine and I could have spent ages there! But this time something's different.
Maybe it's because I'm travelling alone,
maybe because I kind of "ran away" from all the trouble back home,
maybe because the country is so different from Germany,
maybe I have no clue where to go next,
maybe all of it...

It's just so wired. I was so locking forward to this holyday and now I'm here and just not sure if I would rather be back home. I had a great start with heaps of great people, now there's just nobody in sight. But probably I just have to figure out what I wanna do next and give it a day or two and I'm fine again. So don't worry.

I hope you all have a great summer whereever you are!
Big hugh from a confused German in Cambodia....

First Impressions of Cambodia

In Ko Pha Ngan I thought about where to go next. I didn't know if I should go to Cambodia, Laos or northern Thailand. As I arrived in Bangkok at 5 o'clock in the moring and sat in a cafe reading my Lonley planet I saw Bert (a guy I met in Ko Tao) riding by on a bicycle. I just jumped up, shouted his name and he turned around. He just told me that he is on his way to the train station to go to Cambobia.
Because it was such a coincidence to see a mate cycling by at 5.30 in the morning in Bangkok I took it as a sign and decided to go to Cambodia.

Thailand's curios...

There are a few things in Thailand you really have to wonder about...
for example
* trasport:
a taxi to the train station 60 baht (around 1,30 Euro)
a train from Bangkok to the Cambodian border (5 hours) 48 baht (around 1,00 Euro)

* food and accomodation
a night in a single room with bathroom 190 baht (4, 20 Euro)
a meal in a restaurant - green curry with vegetables and rice for 45 baht in Bangkok (1 Euro) and for 115 on Ko Tao (2,50 Euro)

a fresh pinapple in a fruit stall on a street corner 10 baht (20 cent...)
Pringels in a supermarket 60 baht (1,30), at a petrol station 160 baht (3, 50)

Food is two to three times more expensive on an island as it is in bangkok but accomodation doesn's vary that much.

Sonntag, 19. August 2007

Ko Pah Ngan

The Island

I don't say a word... just let your fantasie tell you what this looks like :)