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Ancient Adventures in a Wheelchair

Centuries ago in an ancient world, kings were building magnificent temple complexes. King Suryavarman II wasn’t exactly thinking about wheelchair accessibility when he built Angkor Wat, the largest temple complex in the world. Although Angkor Wat can be difficult to climb even for an able bodied person, it didn’t stop these adventurers from Belgium using their wheelchairs!

The group enjoyed their stay in Siem Reap at the beautiful Lotus Lodge hotel which has made many efforts in making the hotel as wheelchair accessible as possible. (http://www.thelotuslodge.com)

For more information visit: http://www.decalage.be

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22 Interesting Travel Facts

Let’s start with Cambodia!

1.) The Cambodian flag is the only national flag that has an image of a building – the Angkor Wat.

2.) Cambodia has been changing its name whenever a new government was installed: It was called the Khmer Republic during its republican years, Democratic Kampuchea under the Khmer Rouge regime, and People’s Republic of Kampuchea under the leftist group called Salvation Front. Today, in its latest government form, it is officially called the Kingdom of Cambodia.

3.) In Cambodia, the head is regarded as the highest part of the body and shouldn’t be touched even in the kindest manner.

4.) In Cambodia, It’s considered disrespectful to let your feet or soles to point at people or things, so the feet must be tucked in when sitting.

5.) Though the famous English film ‘The Killing Fields’ was set in Cambodia, the hotel scenes in this 1984 movie, were shot in the Railway Hotel in Hua Hin, Thailand.

6.) Couples who travel together have reported increased feelings of intimacy.

7.) France covers the most time zones.

8.) Niger has the youngest population of any country.

9.) Did you know that Chicago has the only river that flows backwards? The flow was reversed by engineers about a hundred years ago for sanitary purposes.

10.) Also known as the ‘city of destiny’, Visakhapatnam in India has a Submarine Museum – the only one of its kind in Asia.

11.) With over 450 species of birds, Gambia in Africa has one of the highest concentrations of birds in the world. This place is indeed an attractive destination for bird watchers.

12.) The original name of Bangkok is a real tongue twister – ‘Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit’. Much simpler to call it Bangkok!

13.) Timbuktu, a name that has become synonymous with far and remote places, is actually an isolated city in Mali, Africa. It was awarded the status of World Heritage Site in 1988.

14.) Most Educated People – Canada
With 50% of its population having been educated at the post secondary level, Canada easily has
the most educated populace in the world. It is followed by Israel at 45% and Japan at 44%.

15.) The Land of No Rivers – Saudi Arabia
Sounds a bit strange doesn’t it? For a country as big as Saudi Arabia there has to be at least
some sort of flowing water. Well, there isn’t. Most of their fresh water comes from desalinization
plants or underground reservoirs.

16.) With over three million lakes, 9% of Canadian territory is actually FRESH water and OVER 60%
of all the lakes in the world are found WITHIN ITS BORDERS.

17.) Russia produces the most oxygen in the world.
Siberia is home to approximately 25% of the world’s forests that span an area larger than the
continental United States, making Russia the largest converter of CO2 into breathable
compounds.

18.) Worlds’s Largest Swimming Pool – Chile
The San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chile has the world’s largest swimming pool. It holds 66 million gallons.

19.) Rwanda in Africa is commonly known as the Country of Gorillas.

20.) The girls in Venezuela, South America are amazingly beautiful. No other country in the world has had more Miss Universe and Miss Worlds than Venezuela. The country is proud to be home of the beauty queens!

21.) Chiang Mai in Thailand, is rated among the top 10 cities in Asia that is suitable for perfect and peaceful living. If you wish to seek peace and solitude then Chiang Mai is the place where you should be.

22.) Bhutan is considered to be one of the most isolated and least developed nations – television and internet were introduced here only in 1999!

The World Is Yours

The World Is Yours

 



 


 

 

 

 

Ancient Temples & The Cosmos

For those of you interested in the cosmological aspects of the many Ancient Temples around the world, this a must see documentary.

Recent technological advances show several theories that suggest there was a ‘great plan’ according to ‘ancient belief’, linking the pyramids of Giza, Easter Island and the Temples of Angkor.

Angkor Wat Equinox Sunrise

Angkor Wat Equinox Sunrise

Our starting point in time is the dawn of the Spring Equinox in the year of 10,500 BC. The alignment of the stars of the Constellation of Draco of that morning are mirrored exactly by the layout and positioning of the Temples of Angkor, built some 11,000 years later. Even if one disputes the computer and satellite evidence, it cannot be denied that Angkor Wat lays at exactly 72 degrees east of the pyramids of Giza in Egypt and 72 degrees west of Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean. We now know that the pyramids were built to catch the light of the stars on special dates and they were laid out to mirror the constellations. All these precise calculations were done in order to bring “Heaven and Earth ‘closer’ together for the benefit of the people”, according to ancient Egyptian writings. So if that is the case in Giza, why not in Angkor?

Another is the number ‘72’. It is a primary number in a sequence of numbers, which are very much linked to the constellations over a period of 25,920 years. They show the Earth’s axial procession to vary by one degree every 72 years. The importance of this number is demonstrated to us by the Khmers at the Bakeng Temple, where there are 108 towers surrounding it. 72 divided by 2 equals 36 and 36 +72=108! So again, the importance of the primary number of 72 is shown to us. Also, the number 72 features throughout in the construction of the pyramids of Giza. Just how this knowledge was shared with the Khmers in the building of their empire some 11,000 years later is not known, but clearly it was!

Old Images of Siem Reap and Angkor from Early 1900’s

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Queen & Children Cambodia 1871

Queen & Children Cambodia 1871

A drawing of Angkor Wat by Henri Mouhot from May 15, 1826 - November 10th, 1861 _

A drawing of Angkor Wat by Henri Mouhot from May 15, 1826 – November 10th, 1861 _

A drawing of Angkor Wat by Henri Mouhot from May 15, 1826 - November 10th, 1861 _

A drawing of Angkor Wat by Henri Mouhot from May 15, 1826 – November 10th, 1861 _

A drawing of Angkor Wat by Henri Mouhot from May 15, 1826 - November 10th, 1861 _

A drawing of Angkor Wat by Henri Mouhot from May 15, 1826 – November 10th, 1861 _

Old Photo of Elephant near angkor

Old Photo of Elephant near angkor

Old Photo of Elephant in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephant in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephant in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephant in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephants in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephants in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephant in Siem Reap Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephant in Siem Reap Cambodia

Elephant in Cambodia

Elephant in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephant with howdahs in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephant with howdahs in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephant with howdahs in Cambodia

Old Photo of Elephant with howdahs in Cambodia

Elephant Old Photo Cambodia
Elephant Old Photo Cambodia

 

1907 Cambodia - Siem Reap Young Monks smoking cigarettes

1907 Cambodia – Siem Reap Young Monks smoking cigarettes

Siem Reap River in 1948

Siem Reap River in 1948

Chinese-funded, Siem Reap-Angkor Airport, published 1969

Chinese-funded, Siem Reap-Angkor Airport, published 1969

The administrative delegate of Siem Reap and his staff

The administrative delegate of Siem Reap and his staff

Sisowath King of Cambodia Escort Paris France 1906

Sisowath King of Cambodia Escort Paris France 1906

Old Photo of The Raffles Hotel in 1947

Old Photo of The Raffles Hotel in 1947

1907 Cambodia - Angkor Wat Pilgrimage

1907 Cambodia – Angkor Wat Pilgrimage

1907 Cambodia - Angkor Wat Buddhist monks

1907 Cambodia – Angkor Wat Buddhist monks

Siem Reap Village and river near the ruins of angkor postcard c-1910

Siem Reap Village and river near the ruins of Angkor postcard c-1910

The Racing Boats / Pirogues

The racing boats, or pirogues, resemble those shown in the bas-reliefs at Angkor, and are propelled, not by means of oars, but by vessels held in the hands of the rowers resembling shallow wash-bowls.

Old Photo of Cambodia, 1912

In the distance are the smooth, bare trunks of the flamboyant tree, or “flame of the forest” Other trees of this region are the teak, dipterocarpus, kapok, sao, tamarind, etc. The bullock cart in the foreground is the kind in common use. In the trees alongside every road are hundreds of monkeys. These animals are never harassed by the Cambodians, who have an almost religious respect for them. The monkeys pay no attention to passerby.

Small Temple Situated Inside the Inner Gallery, But Distinct From the Main Temple

The roof of the inclosing gallery and the side of the great temple are shown. Outside of and below the gallery is the outer gallery. Each gallery is quadrilateral, surrounding the main temple, and its inner walls are covered with bas-reliefs.

Tonle Sap - between 1946- 1962

Tonle Sap – between 1946- 1962

Old Banteay Srei Temple Photo

Old Banteay Srei Temple Photo

Ta Prohm Temple Old Photo

Ta Prohm Temple Old Photo