Centipedes / Millipedes

Posted in Animals, Latest of Asienreisender with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2015 by Thim Kwai

Centipedes and millipedes get sometimes mixed up with each other. They are of about the same size and shape and live in similar habitates. Nevertheless, there is a big difference between the two species. Centipedes are carnivorous and feed from other animals, mostly insects. They have a strong pair of venomous claws and can cause severe pain when biting humans. Besides, they are pretty aggressive. Millipedes, on the contrary, are completely harmless vegetarians.

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Udong, Cambodia’s Old Capital

Posted in Latest of Asienreisender, Sights with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2015 by Thim Kwai

Udong (also: Oudung) was in former centuries repeatedly the capital of Cambodia, before the royal court moved to Phnom Penh. Little is left of the old place, except a mountain with a number of mostly old stupas who served as burial places for the Cambodian kings.

Chet Dey Mak Prohm, Phnom Udong

Chet Dey Mak Prohm, one of the stupas on top of Phnom Udong.

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Phnom Penh / Cambodia

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Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, was once considered as the ‘Pearl of Asia’, a small Paris in Southeast Asia, due to the efforts of the French colonialists to make the place a representative center for it’s administration. Before it was merely a wooden village at the swampy banks of the Tonle Sap River. Sadly, the former elegance of the city has faded away with it’s cruelsome history in the 20th century and the reconstruction since the 1980s in a cheap, ugly, postmodern manner. Nevertheless, when visiting Phnom Penh one can experience some reminiscences of the old times. For many visitors the megacity is nowadays attractive also as the business center of Cambodia and alluring for it’s notorious nightlife.

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Phnom Bayang / Cambodia

Posted in Latest of Asienreisender, Sights with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2014 by Thim Kwai

Widely unknown is this little sight at the Cambodian/Vietnamese border at Phnom Dien/Tinh Bien. The five monuments on top of Phnom Bayang mountain consist of a main hindu temple from the early 7th century and four side temples. It’s said they were built as a victory memorial of the empire of water Chenla over the empire of Funan. There is no touristic infrastructure at the sight and very few visitors make their way up to the mountain. It’s rather an attraction for archeologists, historians and some who want to leave the beaten paths.

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Phnom Bayang main temple. Image by Asienreisender, 11/2014

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Prambanan / Java

Posted in Latest of Asienreisender, Sights with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2014 by Thim Kwai

Prambanan is a medieval temple city in central Java. Prambanan temple compound consists of three main monuments with another three complementary temples and hundreds of more temple buildings around. The whole compound was build in the decades from 850 CE on. Prambanan is not only impressive because of the sheer size of the monuments but, above all, due to the highest quality of crafts and arts. The monuments of Prambanan are seen as a response to the closeby Borobodur monument and certainly many of the same artisans were involved in the construction of both sides.

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Candi Rara Jonggrang, the main Shiva temple of Prambanan.
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Dieng Plateau – Abode of the Gods

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The Dieng Plateau is one of Java’s great landscapes in two ways: first it’s an archeological landscape which was home for a medieval temple city, representing the oldest remaining Javanese stone buildings; second Dieng Plateau is the result of the outbreak of a huge, ancient volcano some 16,000 years ago, which left the high plain with about 100 new craters, volcanic mountain lakes and some other volcanoes around.

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Candi Bima, Dieng Plateau, Java

Candi Bima, Dieng Plateau

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Borobodur / Borobudur

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Borobodur (also: Borobudur) is a huge, medieval stepped pyramid buddhist temple; it’s the largest buddhist temple in the world. Borobodur has been built in the Kedu plain in south central Java in the 8th and 9th century CE. The grand monument served as a spiritual destination for pilgrims who approached it via the three kilometers long procession road which starts at Candi Mendut and leads over Candi Pawon to the main temple. Climbing up Borobodur monument, the pilgrims studied the sophisticated relief panels who tell a number of buddhist stories. Walking up to the top of the building symbolized the spiritual approach of purification and buddhist wisdom towards enlightenment. Considered the great perfection of the architecture and the plenty of art with it’s several kilometers long narrative reliefs, Borobodur deserves to be counted as one of the ‘Wonders of the World’.

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Sumatran Rhinoceros

Posted in Animals, Latest of Asienreisender with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2014 by Thim Kwai

The Sumatran Rhinoceros weights around 700kg, gets 3m long and about 1.30m tall. It’s the smallest in the family of the rhinos, who count nowadays only five different kinds anymore. In the past they were living in the huge corridor from Buthan at the slopes of the western Himalayas down to Sumatra and Borneo; nowadays there are only four or five pockets left where the last remaining, not more than 300 individuals in total, have their last, dwindling refuges.

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Sumatra

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Sumatra is the world’s sixth largest island, situated in Southeast Asia. It’s one of the world regions with the highest biodiversity on earth. Formerly almost completely covered by tropical rainforests and mangrove forests along the long coastlines, the nature get’s rapidly destroyed in our times. The population is growing rapidly and natural habitats come more and more under pressure and extinct.

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Trat / Thailand

Posted in Latest of Asienreisender, Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2014 by Thim Kwai

Trat is a province capital and province in the southeast of Thailand, some 70km from the Thai/Cambodian border and some 300km from Bangkok. There is practically little or no reason for a tourist to visit Trat, for it has nothing particular to see. Nevertheless it’s a stopover for some who want to go to the islands of Mu Ko Chang Marine National Park, who’s most famous tourist destination is Ko Chang.

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