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I couldn’t believe that I am coming for over 13 years to Phonthong and nobody showed me this rare and exceptional piece of temple. I was not even aware that something like this exists in the vicinity of where I came for holidays so many times.

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A temple completely made out of bottles. Just at the northern edge of Phonthong. Not so far from where we used to have our roasted chicken lunch every other day.

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Thousands of green bottles have been used to construct this temple in Phonthong. Where did all the bottles come from? I didn’t dare to ask.

A beautiful sight from outside and a nice interior as well.

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And an very interesting surounding.

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There was something special in this temple area, which I haven’t seen before.
Huge overdimenional creatures.

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A man and a woman starved to the bones and huge in stature.

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It reflects the believe of…

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Preah Vihear Cambodia World heritage open court impression

Preah Vihear a Khymer World Heritage Site Cambodia

I made the trip in 2006 and went with family for 1/2 day.  Then was controlled by Thailand but the dispute has settled and now Cambodia is in charge and safe to travel there

We recommend  Angkor Best Tour Guide as they have a good reputation and reviews.  This is not a paid recommendation!

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Peter Gets His Ass Grabbed On Top Of Mingun Pagoda

Peter's Big Adventure

Since Burma’s history isn’t exactly common knowledge, let’s start by filling in some of your knowledge gaps.

What even is Mingun Pagoda?

Fair question. It’s not quite on the level of the Great Wall or the Pyramids, so most people have probably never heard of it. Construction started on the pagoda in 1790. The king that was building it was known to be a pretty odd guy, which might be a clue as to why this pagoda just looks so weird. The pagoda was built by slaves that were taken in battle by the Burmese. The standard for human rights back then was not what it is today (not that Burma has been much of a role model in that department recently), but even by their standards apparently, the labor conditions for this project were something of a humanitarian disaster. Indeed, the project was so brutal that a fake prophecy…

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Peter Makes New Friends In Bagan: Sign Language & Soccer Games

Peter's Big Adventure

Bagan is an amazing place, but seeing as Burma only opened to foreigners 4 years ago, it is not well known yet. If Angkor Wat is any indicator however, Bagan will become much more famous with time. Often drawing comparisons to Angkor, Bagan is famous for 1 thing: thousands of 9th century Buddhist temples and pagodas.

Yeah, it’s a pretty picturesque place, but for me, these 9th century Buddhist ruins, cool as there were, were only part of the story. The people of Bagan were also awesome to interact with, which is sort of a rarity for a traveler. If we’re being honest here, most local people who talk to you when you’re traveling are trying to sell you something. It’s pretty rare to travel in the developing world and have somebody talk to you with no ulterior motive. You have to get pretty far off the beaten…

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