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Olivier  // Posts published by Olivier

14 Oct Posted by in Thailand | Comments

Chiang Mai’s Monk Chat

Chiang Mai’s Monk Chat

The mysterious Buddhist Monks Well aligned in a slow walking row, the orange procession of the Buddhist monks is coming down the street. It is 5am, the sun shines and the city is already awake. The backfiring tuktuks are dashing to get their first customers, and the food stalls are spreading their smells around the ...

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30 Aug Posted by in Adventure, Cambodia | 1 comment

Cambodia by Motorcycle – A Motobike Diary

Cambodia by Motorcycle – A Motobike Diary

Banlung, Cambodia In north east of Cambodia, on the road leading further east to Vietnam, sits Banlung. Capital of the province of Ratanakiri, Banlung is no more than a small dusty town, lost amongst rubber fields and what little remains of its forests. Not looking much like a capital, it is only by roaming its ...

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14 Jul Posted by in China | 1 comment

Abdullah, my Uyghur guide of the Flaming Mountains of Turpan

Abdullah, my Uyghur guide of the Flaming Mountains of Turpan

Abdullah is a young Uyghur boy. He is running in the narrow dusty streets of Turpan under the desert’s burning sun. The green vineyards and the wheat fields of the oasis provide many places to hide and play for the kids of his age. Five times a day, Abdullah prays. He is Muslim. Often he ...

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18 May Posted by in Laos | 2 comments

Don Kho, Mekhong Island – The choice of quietness

Don Kho, Mekhong Island – The choice of quietness

In the very south of Laos, close to the Cambodian border, the enormous bed of the Mekong River widens, flooding several kilometres square of land. So many islands stud the waters that the place has been called “Si Phan Don” in Lao – “4,000 Islands”. When you find yourself in the middle, it is impossible ...

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11 Apr Posted by in Cambodia | Comments

A Cambodian Wedding, or How to Nicely Get Scammed

A Cambodian Wedding, or How to Nicely Get Scammed

A long wait in Kompong Cham… I am heading to Kratie, a village in the middle of Cambodia. Kratie is a hotspot to observe the enigmatic Irrawady Dolphin – a highly endangered species of dolphin trying to survive in the Mekong’s waters. This morning at 6am, I hopped on a bus in Siem Reap. The ...

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