Sometimes, you are lucky enough to meet some extraordinary people. We met an amazing Vietnamese man - who not only is well educated about his country and its culture - but also has some unique experiences and stories to tell about the Vietnam war. That is one of our favorite things about Conscious Travelling. You will learn about the world through unique and personal stories from those who live it. You can rarely read about these stories. But now, here is one Vietnamese mans wisdom and some other interesting things we found while travelling in Southern Vietnam in 2019.
The regime of the Khmer Rouge was responsible for the death of +25% of Cambodia’s population in less than 4 years. We have visited two of the places where the atrocities happened and it touched our hearts deeply. One of the obvious questions we can put out around this is:
There are many paradise islands in Cambodia with white soft sand beaches and turquoise clear warm water. The most common ones tourists choose is Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem. That also means it is more developed and crowded in general compared to Koh Ta Kiev - our personal nr 1 paradise island in the world. Why? And when there, what can you do? Where can you stay?
Sihanoukville is the port to many of the paradise islands of Cambodia. The city itself has miles of white sand beaches which are packed with hotels, restaurants and activities in all flavors. But, the city is changing into the unrecognizable the last couple of years. And will not be the same again. What has happened with Sihanoukville? What can you expect more of?
Many travellers do not take time to explore Koh Kong, which is a shame. Most get on a bus to Sihanoukville or some other location directly.
Eco-tourism is growing in Koh Kong and it have so much to offer. And just as eco-tourism is taking off, businesses may soon have to deal with major threats from a different sort of development. Like much of Cambodia, Koh Kong faces serious challenges as the government sells off land, including parcels of national parks, to private developers. Several Chinese-built dams have been proposed or are under construction along Koh Kong’s rivers.
So go before it is too late for relatively untouched nature.
When you search about what to consider when using the HatLek/ChamYeam bordercrossing, going from Thailand into Cambodia there are some horror stories out there for sure. We did our research before – always to be recommended – and had a good experience. Maybe we were lucky, but nothing strange happened. So what do you need to know to increase your chances of a good crossing? And when in Cambodia, what can you do nearby?
Many roads lead to Cambodia from Bangkok. The five of us arrived in Bangkok tired and worn out after a 24 h trip without sleep. We thought we were going to Siam Reap directly, but realized that we needed some sun, beach and relaxation before we started hardcore travel experiences.
We decided to go slow and ended up having 3 stops before the Cambodian border in Hat Lek/Cham Yeam. Where did we stop and why? How did we get there that way and why? Let us go through stop by stop…
Two of the most common questions we tend to ask ourselves are;
Who am I?
Where do I come from?
There is a reason why so many of us love to do research about our ancestry. We feel we get closer to knowing who we are through following the history of our family.
When I was a child I remember my dad often talked about the blue blood running in our family veins. I never understood what he meant by that.
Miracles happen all around the world. Question is why they happen in Lourdes? This small French town is one of Europe’s most powerful healing shrines and one of the worlds most-visited of all Christian pilgrimage sites. How can this be correlated to the Mayan prophecy?
Miraculous cures have been associated with Lourdes since a young servant girl named Bernadette Soubirous claimed to see radiant visions of Virgin Mary in 1858. There have been 70 miraculous cures of incurable diseases officially documented by the Roman Catholic Church’s Medical Bureau.
The unofficial numbers of miraculous cures and healings are much greater – at least 7000. Today, more than 5 million pilgrims visit every year to be healed.
What happened in 1858?
How can the miracles happen?
And how can these healings be explained?