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The City Pillar of Nan
As new people living in Nan city of course we had to visit the City Pillar of Nan city. It is located in front of the Wat Ming Muang. It is not so busy as in Khon Kaen, as a matter a fact we were the only people there. Well and a monk. The temple is completely white / silver and is a complet cement Lanna-style rebuild of a once Burmese-style teak-wooden temple that was destroyed during flooding. It has some stunning stucco work and murals. For more information see Wat Ming Muang
As you might know by now I love trains and train stations. So when I was in Kampot I did visit Kampot train station. Actually I was a bit disappointed, I thought about colonial French style train stations. But the few train stations that I was were relatively modern designs probably from the 1950's and 1960's. Kampot train station is about 4km north-east of town and takes about 10min to get there by TukTuk. At the train station you can buy your tickets to Shinaoukville or Phnom Penh. For a bit of history about this train station see Photo Documentary on Development of Cambodian Railroads Part 3.
I love traveling by train so we took the train from Kampot to Phnom Penh. Mind you the train only goes at weekends & holidays. We had been to the train station the day before to buy our tickets. For just 7us$ you travel the whole 118km to Phnom Penh. Our train was supposed to leave at 9:00am but in reality did arrive from Shinoekville at 10:30am. And we arrived at 15:00 in Phnom Penh so it took us about 4hr30min to travel. Top speed of the train was 52km/hr while we would also go sometimes just 20km/hr. No problem we enjoyed our ride. I had planned a late lunch in Phnom Penh but that became a early dinner. And although there is a kind of kitchen in the train there was only served noodle-soup and drinks. So luckily we stopped halfway and had 10min time to buy some snacks at the train station. It was a great ride going thru Cambodian countryside but you should be flexibele in your time schedule for traveling. Following are some photos of traveling thru the upcountry landscape of Ca…
While walking along the riverside there was the start of strong wind and dark clouds so I walked back to my hotel. And I made it just in time as the rain started about when I stepped into the lobby. Following are more photos of the stunning view over Phnom Penh with rain.
I am now living in Thailand for more as 15 years and while reading the English language Thai newspapers and experiencing Thai traffic you learn that there is another side of the always Thai smile. That actually a lot of people die on the road due to stupid accidents on the road and due to even more stupid macho gun behaviour. And we can all discuss what the root problem is, and what should be done to change the root problem, but in the meanwhile things (the law and law enforcement) have to change to at least seriously try to lower that number of deaths in Thailand (as of deaths in traffic Thailand stands within the top of the world). Why? Well first of all because YOU or your beloved one (wife / husband / child / father or mother) could be victim of it. Secondly because it is a huge economic burden on the Thai society.
Now if this is discussed with foreigners living here the replies are like, "If you not like it here go back to your home country", "It is their way of l…
Photo top is overlooking the Tongle Sap River flowing into the Mekong River along Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Following are some more photos of the skyline of Phnom Penh in 2018. I still remember flying over Phnom Penh about 10 years ago when there were only 1 or 2 high buildings. What a change to see the skyline now. So where did I take this photos?