So, after few problems (missing my connection flight or losing my baggage in Oslo) I got back home.. After few days it already feels like I've never left... It definitely is a very strange feeling. Currently I'm lying with terrible flu in my bed 3 days in a row and trying to get back to life. Wish me luck ;)
Friday, October 31, 2014
Sad times, last stop on my journey: charming town Siem Reap and beautiful huge complex of temples on top with majestic Angkor Wat:
Monday, October 27, 2014
As written in previous post, this one won't be very cheerful either. In Cambodia I chose to do 2 stops only (not that I could do more anyways because of the time pressure). The first stop after Vietnam was the capital of Cambodia - Phnom Penh. Btw. I must say that Cambodia is definitely the dirtiest country out of all SE asian countries, probably the poorest as well (with Laos) and definitely most unfortunate when it comes to the history. Cambodia was a french colony, after liberation they were involved in Vietnam war and heavily struck by US bombing, but the worst part was still to come... In 1975 a radical communist party Khmer Rouge with its leader Pol Pot took over the country and started the worst nightmare on their fellow countrymen. At first, all people living in towns were forced to leave and join the work on rice fields, and later they started (basically randomly - it started with intellectuals and educated people (the ones who was Pol Pot most afraid of), but later it was basically all people - farmers, children, women, foreigners, even his own soldiers...) send people to torture them in prisons and afterwards kill them in the 'killing fields'. Between 1975 and 1979 Khmer Rouge killed 3 out of 8 million Cambodians!!! I stopped in Phnom Penh to visit one of many killing fields and the most cruel prison - S-21.
Next post will be my last stop in Cambodia and also on this trip :( and I promise there will be no more depressive stuff there ;)
Thursday, October 23, 2014
After I was forced to cut down on my plans radically, my whole Vietnam journey shrank to only two parts - Hanoi and Saigon (I know, that sucks!). Anyway, I flew from Hanoi to Saigon on Monday night and planned my activities there for whole 1 and a half day ;)
So much for my short, a bit depressing and sad, but very educational Saigon stay... Currently I'm already in Phnom Penh - the capital of Cambodia - and I have to get you ready for more depressing and fucked up stories... More on that in the next post. Peace
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Due to my great planning I found myself in situation where I was stuck in Laos, still wanted to do Vietnam and Cambodia and my flight home was in less than 2 weeks... What should I say? Challenge accepted :) After flying from Laos to Hanoi, we met the crazy Swedes (one day there was 4 of them - ufff) and did a bit of city sightseeing and 3 day trip to the beautiful Halong bay:
...and one night on beautiful quiet island. This was the morning view from our bungalow.
So, after beautiful 5 days in Hanoi and Halong bay, sad moment of saying goodbye to Ben, Caroline, Ella and Nevin, I jumped on a plane to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) to quickly see something from South Vietnam as well and then rush through Cambodia back to Bangkok to catch my flight home..