Monday, November 21, 2011

Strolling along Seam Reap, Cambodia

Seam Reap is by far the most touristic city in Cambodia thus is really crowded by many tourists coming from all around the world. I decided this time to take photos of lonely places scarcely visited by tourists. Although in South East Asia is already winter season, the day I strolled along the city was a really baking hot one. However, it is a worthwhile experience because there is always something worthy to be photographed.

A cycling picker parked his bike to take a little rest.

Although there is a wide variety of hotels in this city (variety of quality and budget), there are many under construction which means that the tourism rate -although the international economical crisis- is growing.

A excited toddler rides a cougar statue, looked after by his Grand mama.

What a comfortable mattress!!! Along a side of the river there are many animal statues to decorate the place, a tired worker take a nap laying on two deers!!!

The temple where is located this Buddha image is close to the Pub street, about three corners towards the River

A Buddha image asking to avoid war!

An Apsara image at a Buddhist temple close to an elementary school, in Seam Reap.

The walls which surround the temple is decorated with paints talking about the Buddha life. Next entry I will show the pictures to have a better understanding of Buddha and Buddhism. If you visit any temple give at least a little donation!! It helps to keep clean the temple and consequently make any visitors feel more comfortable.



An elementary school in Seam Reap, located close to the river. The educational system in Cambodia is 6-3-3-4. An according to an local resident English language became compulsory at elementary school 5 years ago.

As in many countries in South East Asia such as Thailand, pupils take off their shoes before coming into the classroom.

Students of upper school passing by a Buddhism temple. In Seam Reap there is no bus for pubic transportation. But of course, cars, motorcycle, bicycle, and Tuk Tuk are the main means of transportation.





Along the riverbank there are always people trying to fish with their handmade fishing rod.

This photo show the unfortunate and huge gap of poverty. Tourism is an important activity which is helping the country to recover from consequences of last civil war.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Flooding in Bangkok 2

Flood in Thailand has killed already around 400 people, and caused many disasters throughout the country.  Benches surrounding the tree has already covered by water at King River close to King Rama 8 Bridge.
Around 4 PM, two boys playing and swimming at the flooded sidewalk on the King River, close to the King Rama 8 Bridge.
Thailand experiences the worst flooding in 50 years with damages running as high as $6 billion. Boys swimming and splashing each other tireless on the King River, close to King Rama 8 Bridge.
The grid at the Riverbank is almost completely covered by water... at this place the water level is higher than 1.5 meters.
This Thai boy was using the bench like a trampoline jump, at the King River.
Areas west of Bangkok are still expected to be hard hit in the coming days as the last of the flooding makes its way to the sea.   This flooded bench lies around 5 meters away from the riverbank
A group of Thai people fishing at a pier on the King River.  During those days, public transportation along the King river were cancelled.
Inundated passage at the King River.  Some months ago, I walked along it to take pictures which were posted at KING RAMA 8 BRIDGE entry, to see the pictures click here. 
Part of the flooded passage at the King River; the pier at the normal river cause is always a little lower than the riverbank, but in this case it is higher instead.
The King River flow is higher than the ground, a sand-bag walk is protecting from the unavoidable inundation.  This picture was taken close to Thammasat University.
Thammasat University which is located at riverside were flooded.  A main gate is being protected by a sad-bag wall.
The rear of this car were prepared as a rest room for government employees, close to Thammasat University.
By the way, tensions were rising between Thai residents and authorities in flooded parts of Bangkok, with hundreds protesting that their homes were being sacrificed in attempts to keep the city center dry. Waterlogged street on my way to the Grand Palace.
Children playing at the waterlogged street while a public bus is passing close to them.  At the end of this picture you can see part of the Grand Palace._DSC0421
The level water at this flooded street was about 30 cm high.  Children, having a lot of fun, playing tireless close to the Grand Palace.
Due to the flood the public transportation were restricted, as a result, this girl got moments of relax and deep silence at this always noisy street.
Now, so so tired!!!  However, those children enjoyed so much one of the worst flooding Thailand has seen in 50 years.  
Millions of people in the Thai capital nervously prepared for the advancing and seemingly unstoppable flood waters after a fresh warning for residents to evacuate certain danger zones.  Flood waters surround Grand Palace.
chulsa bend
Although Thammasat Universtity were proctected by this sand-bag wall, the university campus were flooded!!!
A man getting off at a flooded bus stop, close to the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

Local residents riding their motorcycles on waterlogged street close to the Grand Palace.
A Thai traffic police working in the flooded street.
Local residents wading across the waterlogged street to reach the bus stop.
My wife at a inundated bus stop!!!
To sum up, heavy monsoon rains have submerged nearly a third of the country's provinces since July causing mudslides and widespread flooding.  The deluge has now reached Bangkok, with rising water and associated problems affecting most of the city's 10 million residents.  The King river was predicted to overflow its banks in the city, and authorities say that if the protective dikes fail to hold the water, all parts of Bangkok will be vulnerable to the floodwater.