Samstag, 12. Mai 2012

Thumbs up

Taveng
© Eike-Christian Heine

The Virachey Nationalpark is under thread. Since the world bank withdrew their support some years ago, the vast protected area in Cambodia's northeast might be doomed to become a commodity. Water, wood, farmland - there are many possibilities to earn money. And Cambodia needs money after 30 years of devastating wartime. But some stories make you wonder. Take the Eokor national park, where a huge suburbuia with american style family-houses and lollipop-streets are replacing the former wilderness.


But Virachey seems pretty intact and far off. A two hour ride on the backseat of a scooter along a bloodred dirtroad. Two hours upstream on a longtail. Swimming in rapids. And another hour on the boat. We stop at the last village before the woods. Play hackisack with kids the cambodians call "minority people". But apart from their tongue they seem no way different. Scooters, the same emo-style-haircuts along with superskinny jeans and tight shirts on the boys. And "angry birds" prints on the girl's skirts. At night i miss the sounds of the jungle. A kakaphony of tv and music from loudspeakers and the distant rattling of the generators keep me from sleeping.

The next night we enjoyed a night without these advents of prosperity. We put up hour hammocks on the shores of a stream. Heard the cry of the gibbon, the dear and the notorious gecko. The boiled water from the Sesang river tastes almost like japanese rice-tea.

Thumbs up, people of Virachey. Thanks a lot for a great experience.

Taking the moto to the Virachey National Park
© Eike-Christian Heine
Taveng
© Eike-Christian Heine 
Pat, chief of phomvon village and our guide
© Eike-Christian Heine

Pat, chief of phomvon village and our guide
© Eike-Christian Heine

Boiling O'tobok's rivers water
© Eike-Christian Heine
Phomyon village
© Eike-Christian Heine
Sesang river
© Eike-Christian Heine
Taveng
© Eike-Christian Heine

Keine Kommentare:

Kommentar veröffentlichen