Posts Tagged ‘Cambodia’

In December last year, I received an expected email from Thansur Bokor Highland Resort’s Market Department asking me whether I am interested in doing photography project with them. It was quite is big one and more importantly was just exactly the types that could enjoy doing it.

The project was divided into two phases. The Phase I mainly covers the shooting of landscape and landmarks of Borkor Hill, while the phase II’s shooting is about resort facilities and buildings. I spent about 5 days for the first project. Sadly I could not get all the required shots due to unfavorable weather. Personally I wished to overnight on the hill, but the resort management said no on the ground that it is not safe to do so.  

Here are some photos from the Phase I. I am expecting to start the Phase II someday this month.
Old Church
The Old Church

Wat Sampao Pram
Wat Sampoa Pram or Five-boat Temple

100 Rice Field
100 rice field, but what you find are just stones and stones.

A dam on the hill for water supplies to the resort

Giant Face
The giant stone face along the way up to Bokor Hill

PS: I was introduced to the Marketing Department by a staffer in the same company who have followed this blog for some time. I cannot thank him enough.   



Railways stations have became places of interest for me to photograph. I used to think of visiting all these old railways stations in the kingdom for my personal collection. However I just do not have time to realize my wish. The station in Banteay Meachey’s provincial town is my latest one I photographed in January 2012. I woke up early morning hoping for some good skies but it was NOT my lucky day. Here are two shots I snapped on that cloudy day.

Serei Sophorn Railway Station
A lady (I assume) riding motor on the station platform in the direction to the vegetable market.

Morning Market A vegetable seller along the railways road not far away from the station. She said do bring her [photos] to the United States.


Posted: March 22, 2012 in unposted
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Urban exploration (often shortened as urbex or UE) is the examination of the normally unseen or off-limits parts of urban areas or industrial facilities.[1] Urban exploration is also commonly referred to as infiltration, although some people consider infiltration to be more closely associated with the exploration of active or inhabited sites. It may also be referred to as draining (when exploring drains) urban spelunking, urban rock climbing, urban caving, or building hacking (Wikipedia)

I started shooting Urbex around 2010 after seeing some mind-blowing Urbex photos. Later on I started to look for abandoned building in Phnom Penh. If you pay good attention, you will find plenty of abandoned buildings here, yet it is relatively hard or impossible to trespass though buildings. So far, I could only trespass a few buildings in the Penh.

To my surprise, I also learned there are several ghostly buildings in Senmonorom, the Provincial Town of Mondolkiri Province, from Tom Windelinckx, a Belgian blogger living there.  Last month, I had a chance to visit Mondulkiri on my mission and was fortunate to have some time for my own. I decided to hire a motor taxi and hunting for the buildings I saw on Tom’s blog. And here are some of them.

Unknow Building
Unknown Building Building. From its interior, I can tell this building was under renovation but for some unknown reason it was stopped.

Former Military Base
I was told it is former military base.

Former Department of Social Affairs My motor taxi said it is former Department of Social Affair.

PS: I have also created a facebook page for Urbex-Cambodian, please be my fans. You can also find more my Urbex photos at my flickr’s urbex set as well.

Busra, At Last

Posted: February 28, 2012 in unposted
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If my memory is correct I my first visit to Modulkiri was in 2004. We spent a couple days there visiting Domank Sdech, Romanea waterfall and other places that I cannot recall. Our plan to visit the renowned Busra waterfall was not realized since the road condition at that time was too much for our rented Pajero. It was only 8 years later in February 2012 that I had the second opportunity to see mountainous Modulkiri again. At the time of this writing, the roads from Phnom Penh to Senmonorom, the provincial town of Mondulkiri, have been completely paved and the construction of the 30 km roads from Senmonorom to Busra Waterfall is partly finished. Now you can either reach there by motorbike or sedan in less than one hour. As the proofs of my visit, here are some photos.

Busra Waterfall of Modulkiri

Busra Waterfall of Modulkiri

Busra Waterfall of Modulkiri

Commissariat (Central Police Station), from circa 1910, commands a corner view by the Post Office. Shuttered for decades, it was featured in the Matt Dillon film City of Ghosts. One feature is the late addition of exterior terraces after French troops learned firsthand that the city’s screened terraces weren’t entirely ornamental but vital for cooling off in the tropic heat. Rumors have circulated for years that it may be reborn as a boutique hotel.

Source: Forbes (I wonder how long this building will survive)

Police Station, Phnom Penh
Former Police Station in 2003 by pigalle

Former Police Station in Phnom PenhFormer Police Station in June 2011

Interior of Former Police Station, Phnom PenhFormer Police Station’s Interior in June 2011

A Visit to Udong

Posted: November 16, 2008 in My Life, Photos
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Yesterday my friend rang me if I have time for a visit to Udong, former Cambodia Capitol, with his family. Since I had no any exact plan, that seemed not a bad idea at all. Though I have been there for a couple of times, it turned out to be a very good trip. Here are some photos I got from the trip.

Cambodian Rice Field

Cambodian Temple

Cambodia Kids

Gas Price Skyrocketed

Posted: March 24, 2008 in This & That
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Everyone at my workplace was so shocked by the skyrocketed price of cooking gas today. It increased about ten bucks just in one day. It upped from $19 per canister (about 15 kilograms of gas) to $28 in the morning. In the afternoon it was said to be more than $30. I cannot really figure out what was the reason behind this, but apparently gas run out of stock at some stores. It will be chaotic if the prices continue to run up like this. The price of rice also doubled recently. About six months ago, it cost only $8 for a canister of gas.