A last few Pics – Laos, Cambodia and Thailand

Here we sweep up a higgledy piggledy bunch of photos from Laos, Cambodia and Thailand.

A collection of ‘the little things’ we desperately don’t want to forget.

 

In Laos, Luang Prabang, we see rows of monks carrying bowls to receive offerings of rice and food from the community.

In Laos, Luang Prabang, we see rows of monks carrying bowls to receive offerings of rice and food from the community.

 

This happens everywhere and every morning at 6. Some families still send their youngest sons to monasteries.

This happens everywhere and every morning at 6. Some families still send their youngest sons to monasteries.

 

...

 

We find Laos and Cambodia seriously busy with road construction throughout.

We find Laos and Cambodia seriously busy with road construction throughout.

 

Which sometimes makes for tricky riding. Here I slide on mud and Harry comes to the rescue. Psst - my only fall!

Which sometimes makes for tricky riding. Here I slide on mud and Harry comes to the rescue. Psst – my only fall!

 

The Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, is also on the Mekong River.

The Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, is also on the Mekong River.

 

Phnom Penh has an impressive boulevard ...

Phnom Penh has an impressive boulevard …

 

... which we enjoy for four nights in a row.

… which we enjoy for four nights in a row.

 

There are lots of impressive buildings and some powerful statues.

There are lots of impressive buildings and some powerful statues.

 

But at each intersection there is really messy knot of electrical cabling ...

But at each intersection there is really messy knot of electrical cabling …

 

... Dawid ... would you stand for this!

… Dawid … would you stand for this!

 

The intersections are also messy with traffic. The rules (if any) are hard to figure out ...

The intersections are also messy with traffic. The rules (if any) are hard to figure out …

 

...

 

We travel south to Kep on the coast. This Lady Statue calls back an island taken by Vietnam. Here we catch a moment when monks take a holy dip.

We travel south to Kep on the coast. This Lady Statue calls back an island taken by Vietnam. Here we catch a moment when monks take a holy dip.

 

Along the coast there are a number of buildings abandoned by the French when Pol Pot took over.

Along the coast there are a number of buildings abandoned by the French when Pol Pot took over.

 

Even an entire hill station called Bokor. Here stands its empty Catholic Church.

Even an entire hill station called Bokor. Here stands its empty Catholic Church.

 

We take a boat to ...

We take a boat to …

 

... Rabbit Island ...

… Rabbit Island …

 

... and do very little that day except watch other people work (here fixing an engine and pumping fresh water to the island) ...

… and do very little that day except watch other people work (here fixing an engine and pumping fresh water to the island) …

 

And a little further along the coast a majestic sunset at Sihanoukville.

And a little further along the coast a majestic sunset at Sihanoukville.

 

Sihanoukville has a few amazing beaches (and nearby islands) ...

Sihanoukville has a few amazing beaches (and nearby islands) …

 

... and is becoming a popular destination ...

… and is becoming a popular destination …

 

Yes - tourists are exhausting!

Yes – tourists are exhausting!

 

In Thailand, 150km NW of Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, we visit the museum and cemeteries for POW that died building the Death Railway.

In Thailand, 150km NW of Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, we visit the museum and cemeteries for POW that died building the Death Railway.

 

My grandfather lost two brothers here. The brother of my grandmother survived the POW camp and returned to Holland.

My grandfather lost two brothers here. The brother of my grandmother survived the POW camp and returned to Holland.

 

Here the Bridge over the River Kwai, part of the Death Railway. It was a key 415 km link for Japan in WW2. The original bridge is bombed in 1945.

Here the Bridge over the River Kwai, part of the Death Railway. It was a key 415 km link for Japan in WW2. The original bridge is bombed in 1945.

 

And what a patriotic place Thailand is ... often in public places a whistle shrills at six and everybody stops to heed the national anthem!

And what a patriotic place Thailand is … often in public places a whistle shrills at six and everybody stops to heed the national anthem!

 

But above all, we cherish the resourceful people we meet in the streets. This fishmonger on a motorbike pulls up next to Harry ...

But above all, we cherish the resourceful people we meet in the streets. This fishmonger on a motorbike pulls up next to Harry …

 

... fish are bagged and weighed and the deal is sealed!

… fish are bagged and weighed and the deal is sealed!

 

And how resourceful is this!

And how resourceful is this!

 

And the animals! More equal than any other is the good looking rooster! We see them stand proud throughout Laos and Cambodia!

And the animals! More equal than any other is the good looking rooster! We see them stand proud throughout Laos and Cambodia!

 

... and this cock is very annoyed at being tethered to a bike!

… and this cock is very annoyed at being tethered to a bike!

 

And here are two pigs ... a lot luckier ...

And here are two pigs … a lot luckier …

 

... than this poor soul ... still alive!

… than this poor soul … still alive!

 

We spot, after hours, the lesser spotted Irrawaddy Freshwater Dolphin. Near Kratie a pod of 20 live. There are only about 80 left in the Mekong.

We spot, after hours, the lesser spotted Irrawaddy Freshwater Dolphin. Near Kratie a pod of 20 live. There are only about 80 left in the Mekong.

 

But it was Google, after seconds, that gives us this beautiful sight of these rare freshwater dolphins!

But it was Google, after seconds, that gives us this beautiful sight of these rare freshwater dolphins!

 

And this old bird grunted everytime Harry tried to leave!

And this old bird grunted everytime Harry tried to leave!

 

And we eat some crazy things. She is roasting sticky rice in a bamboo stick over a fire. It is delicious!

And we eat some crazy things. She is roasting sticky rice in a bamboo stick over a fire. It is delicious!

 

It is better than bread and butter pudding! Sticky rice mixed with black beans, coconut and coconut milk steamed for an hour.

It is better than bread and butter pudding! Sticky rice mixed with black beans, coconut and coconut milk steamed for an hour.

 

We DID eat these crawlies ...

We DID eat these crawlies …

 

... and not-too-many are not-too-bad ...

… and not-too-many are not-too-bad …

 

And we DID eat Mekong seaweed with sesame ... and not-too-much is not-too-bad.

And we DID eat Mekong seaweed with sesame … and not-too-much is not-too-bad.

 

But we DID NOT eat dried buffalo skin ...

But we DID NOT eat dried buffalo skin …

 

... and DID NOT eat eggs with little chicks inside ...

… and DID NOT eat eggs with little chicks inside …

 

... and DID NOT eat the extremities (feet and head) of the rooster ...

… and DID NOT eat the extremities (feet and head) of the rooster …

 

... and absolutely DID NOT eat the dog ...

… and absolutely DID NOT eat the dog …

 

... and DID NOT eat these scorpions or these snakes ...

… and DID NOT eat these scorpions or these snakes …

 

... and absolutely DID NOT eat these hapless birds or frogs ...

… and absolutely DID NOT eat these hapless birds or frogs …

 

We meet great folk. This lady left for Canada before Pol Pot. She visits regularly and still considers herself Cambodian.

We meet great folk. This lady left for Canada before Pol Pot. She visits regularly and still considers herself Cambodian.

 

And we spend time with Aussie Ronnie and his Thai girlfriend Shampoo. Intriguing relationship!

And we spend time with Aussie Ronnie and his Thai girlfriend Shampoo. Intriguing relationship!

 

Do you agree ... Gene Wilder and Ossie Osborne look-a-likes!

Do you agree … Gene Wilder and Ossie Osborne look-a-likes!

 

And then Bangkok - our final destination!

And then Bangkok – our final destination!

 

But 5 kms short of our final foreign bedroom my battery packs up. Its the heat!

But 5 kms short of our final foreign bedroom my battery packs up. Its the heat!

 

Harry fits the power pack and we limp our last 5 kms home.

Harry fits the power pack and we limp our last 5 kms home.

 

In Bangkok we go shopping for suitcases ... so that we can fly home by plane.

In Bangkok we go shopping for suitcases … so that we can fly home by plane.

 

And we go shopping for crates so that our bikes can go home by ship. Here Harry stands with frenchmen Luc who will clear the bikes through Customs.

And we go shopping for crates so that our bikes can go home by ship. Here Harry stands with frenchmen Luc who will clear the bikes through Customs.

 

It is a small local crating business squeezed in along the road near the port. It is very much a family affair.

It is a small local crating business squeezed in along the road near the port. It is very much a family affair.

 

And we spend our last Night in Bangkok with the Lady Boys. A drop dead gorgeous Calypso Show!

And we spend our last Night in Bangkok with the Lady Boys. A drop dead gorgeous Calypso Show!

 

8 Responses to A last few Pics – Laos, Cambodia and Thailand

  1. Colin Pienaar

    Very interesting post of your last leg of your amizing trip.The dolphins were amazing. Gene Wilder and Ozzy Osboure pic was a good laugh. Some of the eats on offer was a big no no. Hope you guys have a great flight back. Looking forward to your next adventure.
    All the best
    Love Colin and Debbie Pienaar Durban.

  2. Mike

    Thanks a mil for sharing all your memories and photos with us less fortunate that will in all probability never get to visit such exotic locations, they are genuinely appreciated. So where are you off to next?

  3. Joel

    What an amazing journey. So interesting were the people, places and food !

  4. NoddyK

    very interesting place… I’ll skip the food 🙂 thank you.

  5. Paulandphilna

    Bloody hel, could have done with all the animal pictures, sort of vegans that we are. But loved the dolphins! Soon another specie wil hit the dust. Another amazing trip done by two amazing people. Lots of love

  6. Jan and Gail

    What a lovely medley of photos; all tell such a story and all are so intriguing and truly your energy is amazing. loved them all.

  7. Schalk Potgieter

    What an interesting reflection on the last days of your amazing trip. You have eaten MORE funnies than what I would have, foodie or no foodie.

  8. Stella

    We will miss the lovely photos… Thanks for sharing them .
    I absolutely must see those Dolphins… They look unreal
    Glad you are back safe and sound xxxxx

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