- Sok Sobi. I enjoy taking pictures of people and places, particular interest in Landscape, People and Travel photography. Pictures and stories that bring Social Awareness and the potential for long term social change or policy are important to me. I use Canon Digital Cameras (EOS 1Ds,1D Mk1,2,4 plus Powershot G11) with a selection of Canon lenses, the 24-105 IS f4L being my favourite at present. I use Lightroom & Photoshop Elements to edit my work. Canon equipment and lenses give me just what I need, reliability and high IQ. I am now living and working in Cambodia, South East Asia, using Phnom Penh as a base to explore the region. I publish stories that are important to me on my blog but always try to give a balanced picture.
Friday, 16 April 2010
Read the story and get angry.
Time for sleep
Originally uploaded by Fusion08
Phnom Penh has been so quiet for the last few days, everyone gone home to the provinces fro Khmer new year. The streets have been empty, normally streets that you would have difficulty crossing at certain times of the day, like 51st, have been deserted. Its like a ghost town.
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Monday, 12 April 2010
- Not a good time to travel to Thailand. UK foreign office travel advisory.
- Violent clashes in Bangkok on 10 April between anti-government protestors and security forces left a number of people dead and many hundreds injured.
- The situation in Thailand remains volatile. British Nationals should exercise extreme caution throughout the country, and avoid demonstrations and large gatherings.
- If violence breaks out again British Nationals are advised to remain indoors and to monitor the media and this website.
- In response to anti-government protests in Bangkok, the Thai government has declared a state of emergency in Bangkok and some of its surrounding provinces from 7 April 2010. This will prohibit gatherings of five or more people in some areas and may restrict travel.
- In addition, the Thai government has also invoked the Internal Security Act from 11 March to 20 April and implemented further security measures. These measures include traffic checkpoints and searches of vehicles and/or people. By law, tourists are expected to carry their passports with them at all times in Thailand. For any telephone enquiries about the demonstrations or the security measures, British nationals should call 02 305 8333 (in Thailand).
- Many protestors are based at the Phan Fa bridge and surrounding area. A large number are also based at the Ratchaprasong Intersection in Bangkok’s main shopping district. Many shops and businesses in the area are closed and there is severe traffic disruption at the rally site and surrounding area.
- On 10 April anti-government protesters entered the Chiang Mai City Hall compound and the Provincial Hall in Udon Thani.
- British nationals are encouraged to register with our LOCATE service.
- There has recently been a spate of grenade and bomb attacks in central Bangkok, the majority of which have targeted Government or military buildings. See the Terrorism/Security section of this Travel Advice for details. In view of the possibility of further attacks of this sort, British citizens are advised to exercise extra caution when travelling in Bangkok and to report any suspicious devices to the authorities.
We advise against all but essential travel to, or through, the far southern provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla, due to the insurgency in these areas.
Sunday, 11 April 2010
From Phnom Penh got out on Highway 5 and if you have the same luck as me you will get very lost looking for the plce despite being able to see it from the road.
The day was very hot despite starting the trip before 7am, but after having got lost several times before finding the right turn of for the site, it was 10am before I actually started to look around the monument.
Be warned it is quite a trek up to the top of the mountain, I am told by the little guides that attached themselves to me, that there are over 600 steps to the top. I didn't count them but had to stop a few times on the way up for water and a breather. (be warned the guides don't work for free so negotiate before moving up the mountain)
Udong offers spectacular views of the surrounding country and the innumerable sugar palm trees that punctuate the countryside. King Ang Dung, the great grandfather of the present king; King Sihanouk, was crowned here and many locals and foreign residents alike picnic here on weekends so it can get busy.
In comparison to sites like Angkor this is very small but certainly worth a visit especially for the manificent views from this only real high ground in Kandal province.
WELL WORTH A VISIT...***