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Friday, June 29, 2012

Golden Rock -myth and mystery - pagoda upon an hermit's head. 

Kyaik-htiyo pagoda-one of the most sacred places in Burma - is situated on the top of the Golden Rock. It's in the Mon-state. This is magnificent, but least visited site in Burma. 

It's not the easiest of yourneys, so that's the reason why not so many tourists visit this place. But a lot of natives do - it's the holliest place for them.

Golden Rock - it's a large boulder of granite, supported by an extremely small area of contact with he rock beneath. It seems to be just bfore falling down, but it has been lying thee for hundreds of years already. Tthe pagoda upon it is erected upon one hair of the Lord Buddha.

The great rock suddenly and spectacularly comes into view from the steep path up the hill, and can then be approached and touched (by men only) from the shrine complex that spreads out behind it on the cliff.The Kyaiktiyo shrine complex consists of several viewing platforms, pagodas, Buddha shrines and nat spirit shrines. Worshipers gather in the area behind the rock to pray and make offerings, and nearly all apply a square of gold leaf to the rock as an offering and act of merit.

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Mingala ba .. , those words you can hear everywhere ...

Kuang Sy - tranquil getaway.

ຍິນດີຕ້ອນຮັບ !

The scenery drew me away quickly. It's a not-to-be-missed place to visit when in Luang Prabang. The falls begin in shallow pools atop a steep hillside. These lead to the main fall with a 50 m cascade. The water collects in numerous turquoise blue pools as it flows downstream. The many cascades that result are typical of travertine waterfalls.

It has a wide, many-tiered waterfall flowing over limestone formations into a series of fresh cool, turquoise pools and surrounded by thick banks of green and colorful vegetation on either side. The trails around the falls are quite well maintained, so you can climb up to the highest point and view the stream that feeds to the falls.

National motto:
 Laos: "ສັນຕິພາບ ເອກະລາດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ເອກະພາບ ວັດທະນາຖາວອນ" (LaoPeace, independence, democracy, unity and prosperity)

Kuyang Si waterfalls, sometimes spelled Kuang Xi, lies about 30 km south of Luang Prabang. 

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This picturesque spot is quite rewarding.  Beautiful crystal blue waters. Visit early or late in the afternoon to avoid the masses.

Dont miss out!

The water is a lovely aquamarine shade and refreshingly cool on a hot day, with the dense rainforest providing a lovely backdrop.

To get there, you'll have to travel by songthaeaw, tuk-tuk or by boat and tuk-tuk.

But it's really worth visiting ! I really like this place !

It means:
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Feeder mother

Tonle Sap River serves as a connector between the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia Tonle Sap Lake of Cambodia stretches over an area of 12,000 square kilometers. However size of this lake varies with changes in seasons. During the dry seasons, the size of the Tonle Sap Lake at Cambodia reduces to 2,500 square kilometers. During the rainy season, as the water level rises, the excess water from the Mekong River flows towards the Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia and the area of the lake far exceeds its normal size. Following the flood, the adjacent fertile plain provides an ideal base for fish breeding.

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If someone had told me years ago that I would have touched a skull of Bali Aga people, or I would have got up an active Indonesian volcano to photograph the sunrise, I would call him a weirdo.

Quick decision. After several weeks of flipping through the Polish-and English-language publications on Indonesia, and after visiting numerous websites, we decided to devote special attention to one of the the islands, and especially its eastern and northern  part, rarely visited by tourists. In this area two magical places drew our attention, so - fast decision - we go in November. 

Listen to the sounds of Balinese music ... That's really, really nice ...

 IndonesiaBhinneka Tunggal Ika ( Unity in diversity)

The village of Trunyan is squeezed tightly between the lake and the outer crater rim of Batur, an almighty volcano in Kintamani.

The most interesting aspect in the village is the cemetery. An eerie place full of bones, rotting corpses and skulls. Not believing in cremation, the Bali Aga of Trunyan wrap the dead bodies in white cloth and place them on bamboo racks exposing them to the elements as well as scavengers. It’s quite a bizarre place and not one you would visit after a night on the town!This tradition is unique for this village. 

Typical village atmosphere was immediately smelled.

The boat takes you to the graveyard of the village.

The dead bodies are not buried or cremated. They are just exposed to the air on a narrow spot on the bank of the lake. From the village the body is taken to the cemetry by canoe.

The people of Trunyan do not cremate or bury their dead, but just lay them out in bamboo cages to decompose, although strangely there is no stench. A macabre collection of skulls and bones lies on the stone platform and the surrounding areas.

The dead bodies don't produce bad smells because of the perfumed scents from a huge Taru Menyan tree growing nearby. Taru means 'tree' and Menyan means 'nice smell'. The name of Terunyan was also derived from these two words.

The women from Trunyan are prohibited from going to the cemetery when a dead body is carried there. This follows the deeply rooted belief that if a woman comes to the cemetery while a corpse is being carried there, there will be a disaster in the village, for example a landslide or a volcanic eruption. Such events have been frequent in the village's history, but whether women had anything to do with it is a matter of opinion...

Have a look at the examples of local language:

South-East Asia - my favourite travel and photography destination.

Tucked away unassumingly in the Southeast corner of the Asiatic land mass the 10 countries of Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesya, Brunei and Philippines have been jointly referred to as SOUTH-EAST ASIAN COUNTRIES.


Pashupatinath, or Pashupati, is Nepal's oldest and holliest Hindu temple and pilgrimage site on the banks of the Bagmati River in Deopatan, a village 3 km northwest of Kathmandu. It is dedicated to a manifestation of Shiva called Pashupati (Lord of Animals). It attracts thousands of pilgrims each year and has become well known far beyond the Kathmandu Valley. The temple is barred to non-Hindus, but a good view of the temple you can have from the opposite bank of the river.

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Hindu people cremate dead body at Pashupati Arya Ghat in Pashupatinath Temple. The body, is publicly burned until the ashes are pushed into the Bagmati River. 

 Nepal: जननी जन्मभूमिष्च स्वर्गादपि गरियसि

กรุงเทพมหานคร - the city of angels

A lot of first time visitors aren't quite sure what to expect when first arriving in the capital of exotic Thailand, and some may be disappointed by their first impressions on the way into town - endless high rise buildings, busy expressway flyovers and billboards of western companies advertising in English. Yet while Bangkok has undoubtedly embraced westernization and modernization, you only need to look a little under the surface to see that it remains undeniably a Thai place at heart. In between the skyscrapers and sophisticated shopping centers there's still the remarkable Wat Phra Kaewq and the Grand Palace, the the Temple of Dawn and many more. Traditions live on too: don't be surprised, for example, to find a large dedicated spirit house built for good luck alongside almost every major building, or to see files of Buddhist monks making their early morning alms round - and it's surely one of the only major cities in the world where seeing an elephant paraded round the streets hardly even ranks as being unusual.
As I see it, Bangkok is the hub for most of the commercial and economical activities of the Kingdom and , at the same time, it's the place appreciated by visitors for it's versatility and multiple points of interests. This place definitely has what it takes to entertain visitors from all origins.

The ceremonial full name of Bangkok is really interesting and is certified as the longest place name in the world:

กรุงเทพมหานคร อมรรัตนโกสินทร์ มหินทรายุธยามหาดิลก ภพนพรัตน์ ราชธานีบุรีรมย์ อุดมราชนิเวศน์ มหาสถาน อมรพิมาน อวตารสถิต สักกะทัตติยะ วิษณุกรรมประสิทธิ์

what in English means:

The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city (of Ayutthaya) of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn.

Bangkok is as intoxicating as it is diverse. It's  a perfect melting pot of exotic aromas, interesting sights and visual delights. Take, for example, Wat Phra Kaew aka the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram) , that is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. It's extremely interesting and really beautiful. I visited this temple  thrice, but every time I went there it looked even more splendid for me.

Look at the details of the architecture, they are just perfect.

The more details I saw, the more suprised I was. It's one of the best temples I have ever been in.

Another beautiful temple is Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is located behind the splendid Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It's the largest temple in Bangkok and famed for its huge and majestic reclining Buddha measured 46 metres long and covered in gold leaf. The Buddha's feet are 3 metres long and exquisitely decorated in mother-of-pearl illustrations of auspicious 'laksanas' (characteristics) of the Buddha.

The headquarter of Thailand's largest monastic order and Vipassana Meditation centre, Wat Mahathat is an important centre for the study of Buddhism and meditation.

In Bangkok many places can attract your attention, if you have your eyes wide open you can find beauty in many things and places. Even the simplest street is very attractive and interesting.

Road in Bangkok are so busy, that without  police it would be extremely difficult to cross the road.

As with any initiation, people remember their first time in a tuk-tuk ! No Bangkok trip is complete without a breakneck ride in one of these colourful samlor motor-rickshaws. Named tuk-tuk after the word for "cheap=cheap"-or after the rasp from its soot-belching motorcycle engine - it simply exhilarates.

You can not only use tuk-tuks, bur train or MRT as well.

Both traditional areas of Bangkok and the new ones are interesting. Even visiting the biggest malls is a great idea for relaxing.

In Bangkok you can see many religious rituals. It is quite interesting to see a daily ritual consisting of monks that early mornings walk around the streets with a begging bowl collecting foods from faithful citizens, who candidly believe that by giving alms to monks, they are blessed by their Gods. Keep in mind, Thais regard the Lord Buddha side-by-side with their beloved King with the passion and respect bordering on awe. Have a look at these pictures. 

Bangkok is both modern and traditional and everyone can find something that is best for him.

 ชาติ ศาสนา พระมหากษัตริย์"Country, Faith, King" 

ยินดีต้อนรับสู่ประเทศไทย !!!