Snake and its miserable fate.
“Would you like some vodka with snake blood? Or even better, with its still beating heart. It is very good for men sir!!” Hundreds of tourist fall for this kind of marketing every year thinking, they are about to experience some authentic adventure. In reality, no one in Vietnam drinks alcohol, nor eats snake in such way.
Continue reading Snake Dish Vietnam Style
Sewing Dao Tribe
Women of this tribe are recognized by black 3/4 length trousers richly embroidered with the signature flower, tree and star patterns seen on many other Dao costumes. They also wear a front hanging black apron with a wide, plain blue band at the waist (also common to some H’mong), together with a plain black turban. This is what “official description” says. Continue reading Sewing Dao (Dao Khau) Tribe
Australia is a home for around 15 species of Pythons and Morelia Spilota Spilota is arguably the most beautiful of them all. This snake is perfectly known to Sydney residents and no one is scared of it. It is in fact one of the most common snakes around Sydney. Continue reading Our assistent – Diamond Python
Australia is unique. It’s being isolated for millions of years and this created number of extraordinary creatures that can’t be found anywhere else. But this uniqueness comes at a price, ecosystems never exposed to outside world are vulnerable, any seemingly unimportant change can result in tragic consequences. For that reason this land down under is perfect place to watch what happens if human start to introduce foreign species to new environments… Continue reading Venomous Australia??
Tam Dao National Park is located in North Vietnam, just few hours ride of Hanoi. Steep, uninviting mountains are home to many natural wonders. This movie is our invitation for you to meet some of them. Continue reading Tam Dao – Trailer
Mimicry is similarity of one organism to another, unrelated organism. Such similarity benefits impostor based for example on good or bad fame of the one that it’s being mimicked… There are for example orchids that pretend to be… sexy female bees to get pollinated… There are grasshoppers that look like a leaf or a twig and there are mantises looking just like flowers and that often renders them entirely invisible. There are also some smart pants of natural world using mimicry to convince everyone around they should’t be messed with. Continue reading Wolf that pretends not to be wolf to look like real bad ass…
Desert of Mali. Most of the world has heard about it in 80s, when catastrophic draught has killed there over 100.000 people and forced next few hundred thousand to migrate. Beautiful, terrifying pictures of Sebastiao Salgado have brought this country to attention of Western world and since then Mali is recognizable (pictures available here: http://www.amazonasimages.com/travaux-sahel). Though draughts are not as bad anymore in that area, people still experience poverty and hunger. Continue reading Mali – gallery
Apparently, it is estimated that Vietnam has about 20 varieties of durian. Most of them do not have a name and are only available locally. Thailand is to have 234 and Malaysia, people of which are believed to be crazy about the king of fruits – around 130. It turns out that there are as many durians as apples … Continue reading The taste of Durian
Meet Roman. Roman is about 5 years old. He was born in Singapore and never seen any other place.
We’ve met Roman strolling around restricted military area after midnight. To our excuse we’ve got only fact that we entered the area through storm drain and there were no „stop” signs anywhere to be seen. We’ve met actually on our way out, while we were trying to evacuate our selfs out of the unfriendly place. Roman was basking by the river under clouded midnight sky. Continue reading Reticulated Python close and personal
Banteay Chhmar – Sister of Angkor Wat
Far away from the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap and Angkor, lies the small village of Muong Cau. Everyone calls it Banteay Chhmar but it is really the name of the temple lying nearby. There are no buses going to this village, the only way to get here is to catch a taxi from Sisaphon town lying 65 km away or… to hitchhike. In Muong Cau there are no hotels, nor restaurants. It’s quiet, peaceful place, time passes slowly and has time to smile. Continue reading In search of Bayon faces – part II
India is heaven for those searching for opportunities to meet local culture. It is always full of aesthetic experience, “aws” and… surprises. It is possible to dance on the copper bowls? Of course! Man playing role of goddess? Absolutely! Theater can last round four hours? Even longer! You can say many things about India culture except that it’s boring. Continue reading India Culture
There is such a dream…
I don’t know how about you but me, I travel with my eyes. More often than not, it’s some picture or movie scene that decides where I go next time. When I get there, instead of reading the guidebook, I rather go to small stand with postcards. Guidebook has failed me many times, what is great for one person, to me may be unbearable due to crowds interrupting the place beauty. Other time, what guidebook barely spent time on describing, occurs to be the most amazing place on planet Earth to me. I know this for sure: pictures are my best compass.
I don’t remember when I saw the picture of the temple with towers wearing four faces but this picture landed deeply in my imagination. It sprouted, started to grow and till today, there is a quite big jungle in my head… Continue reading In search of Bayon faces – part I
Long time ago in Angkor Wat
“When the king goes out, troops lead the escort; then come flags, banners and music. Palace women, numbering from three to five hundred, wearing clothes decorated with flowers, with flowers in their hair, hold candles in their hands, and form a troupe. Even in broad daylight, the candles are lit. Then come other palace women, carrying lances and shields; then the king’s private guards; then carts drawn by goats and horses, all in gold. After that ministers and princes mounted on elephants, and in front of them one can see, from afar, their innumerable red umbrellas. After them come the wives and concubines of the king, in palanquins, carriages, on horseback and on elephants. They have more than one hundred parasols, flecked with gold. Behind them comes the sovereign, standing on an elephant, holding his sacred sword in his hand. The elephant’s tusks are encased in gold.” Continue reading Angkor – Gallery
Bagan is not only about ruins and temples, it’s as well opportunity to meet modern Burma art. Every now and then you’ll see people selling so called “sand paintings” or bamboo dishes and those small things can be equally fascinating to watch as the old stones and wall paintings. They will not hassle you, many of them seem not to care about selling anything at all, so much focused they are on produing their small works of art…
Continue reading Sand painting – modern art in Bagan – Gallery
Bagan is amazing. It makes you feel like you’re Indiana Jones and gives you this thrill of adventure and discovery with every turn of your head and every step. Most of the temples there are easily accessible yet not renovated at all and with all the greenery around it’s easy to forget that the place it teaming with tourists at times, just remember to go of season… Continue reading Bagan – Gallery