A riot free Bangkok

 

My last stop on my short and sweet South-East Asian adventure turned out to be Bangkok due to cheap as flights. Luckily Thai new years was in full force which happens to involve vast amounts of water getting thrown about. This did mean minimal photo time, but it was a good time to drink and be merry. Fortunately there was a moratorium on rioting. Here be photos.R0001189Fire brigade doing their bit. R0001192Plush toy with swagger.R0001209Cool character in Chinatown. I think he made jewellery with precious gemstones.R0001213Another creepy shot.R0001234bin man.R0001217Grimace lives on in Bangkok.R0001239Empty streets.R0001241un chien détenduR0001250I don’t know why I like this photo

Bonfires and beach bums

I don’t know why people are attracted to tropical islands with long white beaches and calm crystal clear waters. Travelers have been known to “get stuck” at such a tropical location for months at a time. Admittedly, they do look nice in a photo. But for me, boredom sets in after the first hour of beach time. How many rays can one meat stick soak in before they look as leathery as a 40 year old Gold Coast meter maid. After my 5 day stint at the ever so tropical Koh Rong I decided on a new mantra… no waves = no fun.

R0001129Island relocation aboard the Cutty Sark.R0001128El Capitan opting for the dual propellers on his blazing vesselR0001138Polystyrene row boat getting a rest.R0001148No power means you build natures television.R0001149Rethinking life.R0001176Sok San Village (presumably the capital of Koh Rong). I appear to have caught one of the local kids on camera disposing of their waste in the their ocean.R0001156Amateur fire twirling with a burnt stick.

R0001173Kumbaya

Ghost town

Reminiscent of the shining, this old and abandoned french town is located on top of a big mountain just outside of Kampot in Cambodia. Apparently it was to be the Grand Palace and Casino, built for the colonial French settlers to live large and frolic in their amazing wealth. But work on it was abandoned in the 1940’s leaving behind an austere shell which was destined to become a sort after Cambodian wedding location. There is an even creepier and colossal new casino and hotel which is home to Cambodia’s largest empty car park.

R0001098Bokor Hill Station – history is grandR0001081Crowds admiring the mist.R0001079Mulletted and proudR0001090The blackjack roomR0001085Exploring the creepy Hill Station R0001092The glazier was booked for 1941. Funny jokes.R0001087War of the water towerR0001106A rusty old churchR0001111Religion.R0001112Lame but kinda nice graffitiR0001065The year of the pig is a lucrative

BATtambang

The city of Battambang in the North-Western Cambodia is said to be known for 4 things as stated by Tripadvisor: the circus, the bamboo train, the bat cave, and most importantly… the number one cafe in the city. I ticked off 3/4.R0000942Comms tower sunset in Battambang, CambodiaR0000957The trail of bats from the bat cave. 45 minutes of solid bat action, but where were they going…imageThe high speed bamboo railway tourism adventure train.