Vietnam: lost paradise

Condao Archipelago, Vietnam

The Con Dao archipelago is located on the southern borders of the country and even by Vietnamese standards is a faraway province. It consists of sixteen green volcanic islets slotting the South China Sea 180 kilometers from the mainland. Fresh water sources and arable land for rice and vegetables are available only on the Con Son […]

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Four great ancient cities-to-see

Angkor-Wat, Cambodia

Angkor, Cambodia Angkor is breathtaking even for the best-travelled people. When the population of London hardly reached 50,000, almost one million people lived in the capital of the Khmer Empire. The largest pre-industrial city in the world, Angkor was founded in the 9th century and abandoned in the first half of the 15th century under […]

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8 Thai habits and features

Thai Habits

The traffic on the streets of Thailand’s provincial towns seems chaotic because Thais don’t respect rules of the road. However, the lifestyle of Thais is strictly regulated by many traditions, habits, and beliefs. The locals salute each other with different gestures of the «wai». It consists of a slight bow, with the palms pressed together […]

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A bride of the Bael tree

Nepalese Girl

The historical inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley are Newar. The people were in the contact zone of Caucasoid and Oriental races. Bindi is a dot on the forehead represents the third eye. But before marriage wearing it is optional and after marriage it’s compulsory. Even 4-year-old girl who have had the wedding ceremony. As a […]

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Weird Hindu habits and customs

Hindu Customs

While cooking food, Indians use from 10 to 20 different spices together. A combination of seasonings for a traditional dishes has been passed on from one generation to the next for centuries. Indians write with the help of Devanagari. The special feature of this alphabet is the upper horizontal line, which is «attached» to the dangling […]

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Khmer Music and music bands

Khmer Culture

In Khmer culture there are two main types of the ensembles playing traditional music, one of them locals call «Pinpeat», and the other one is called «Mokhori». Pinpeat consists of a string and percussion instruments, and Mokhori consists of only one string. In Pinpeat it is possible to see a roneat (a xylophone made of […]

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The culture of Cambodia

Culture Of Cambodia

Throughout Cambodia’s history, religion has been greatly influenced by its development and culture. The Khmer culture shows the religious beliefs of the local population in animism where elements of Hinduism and Buddhism can be found. These two religions, along with Sanskrit and other elements of Indian culture, penetrated the mainland of South-East Asia in the […]

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Maeklong Railway Market

Maeklong Railway Market, Thailand

In Thailand, on the Maeklong market, one of the largest vegetables and seafood markets, you can find a … railway! Thais call this place «Rom Talad Hoop» — a market of folded umbrellas. For 109 years, seven times a day, sellers have had to add tents to protect them from the sun, and to put away baskets […]

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Malaysia. Light face

Malay Woman

Most of Malaysians are Muslims. Local women prefer the traditional European dress: baju kurung or baju kebaya. The first one is enclosed dress with a long-sleeve shirt, it has been worn by aged women. Young people choose baju kebaya with body conscience silhouette of the blouses. A compulsory part of a Muslim dress is a tudung (a […]

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Khmer dances

Khmer Dance

The brightest model of Cambodian classical dance is a dance based on a story from the epic Rama poem (Ramayana) that according to the legend has an author Valmiki (a wise singer, whose name was given by Hindu God Brahma). This religious literary work is dated about IV century AD and is known for many interpretations […]

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