Archive for Southeast Asia

Takeo / Cambodia

Posted in Latest of Asienreisender, Places with tags , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2015 by Thim Kwai

Takeo (also: Ta Kaeo) is a capital town as well as a province in southeast Cambodia. Takeo town, a small place, is not extending 50.000 inhabitants. When visiting Takeo town one will see that there is not much to do except a town stroll. It’s a small place without any significant attractions. Though, it can be a pretty nice place to spend a time just because it represents Cambodian town life without much tourism, it’s relatively quiet for there is not too much traffic and the climate is fine in the rainy season, because there is almost always a refreshing breeze coming from the neighbouring lake.

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Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia

Posted in Latest of Asienreisender, Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2015 by Thim Kwai

Kuala Lumpur, called by many Malaysians merely ‘KL’, is the capital and economic center of Malaysia. It’s a new city, founded in the 1850 as a miners camp and incredibly booming since the 1980s. In sharp contrast to many other places in Southeast Asia, Kuala Lumpur is a very modern city with a lot of industries who are able to compete on the world market.

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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 by Asienreisender

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

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Borobodur / Borobudur

Posted in Latest of Asienreisender, Sights with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2014 by Thim Kwai

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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Candi Borobodur, Candi Borobudur by Asienreisender

Candi Borobodur, seen from it’s foot. Image by Asienreisender, 2012

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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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Sketch of a Sumatran Rhinoceros.

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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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Minangkabau Royal Palace

The Royal Palace of the Minangkabau People in West Sumatra. Images and photocomposition by Asienreisender, 1996, 2012, 2014

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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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Medan / Sumatra / Indonesia

Posted in Latest of Asienreisender, Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2014 by Thim Kwai

Medan is the main entrance gate for travellers to Sumatra. One get’s here a first impression of how Sumatra’s cities, towns and villages look in general: neglected, dirty, overcrowded and there is too much traffic. Usually the touristic arrivals try to leave Medan as quick as possible to head further to Lake Toba, Bukit Lawang or Berastagi. Nevertheless, here I give a short introduction to Medan…

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Masjid Raya, Great Mosque in Medan

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Bukit Lawang / Indonesia

Posted in Landscapes, Latest of Asienreisender, Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2014 by Thim Kwai

Bukit Lawang is an absolutely unique village with it’s head in the tropical rainforest of Gunung Leuser National Park and it’s feet in palmoil and rubber plantations. Bukit Lawang is famous for it’s orangutan rehabilitation center, where orangs who were hold in captivity get a chance to readapt to the wilderness. Bukit Lawang is a place for jungle trekking as well, with or without guides. Nearby majestic bat cave, already in the jungle, can easily be visited without a guide. It’s one of the really impressing caves with hundreds or thousands of bats inside.

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Map of Bukit Lawang

Map of Bukit Lawang

Map of Bukit Lawang

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Lake Toba

Posted in Landscapes, Latest of Asienreisender with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2014 by Thim Kwai

Magnificent Lake Toba and it’s landscapes are one of the very natural treasures of Southeast Asia. It’s as phantastic as many fantasy landscapes in computer games with great graphics and similar to legendary landscapes shown in movies like ‘Noah’ (2014) or the American serial ‘Lost’. Also the local people of the Batak tribe are unique and are still living a half-way traditional life. Lake Toba’s surroundings are magnificent and rural, and therefore a great destination for hikers.

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