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Jacek Palkiewicz expedition to Indochina

Year of expedition: 1972


Of you search for Indochina on a world map you will find yourself deeply dissapointed. This French colonial empire which lays between South China sea and Siamese bay and to which we owe a myth of exoticism, moral freedom and blissful existence disappeared over half a century ago. All its beauty and captivating aura is preserved only in historical books and books telling stories of old past times.

Indochina photos

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Thanks to thoes old books and old stories which have charmed me that much that I decided to take a journey to this far - geographicly as well as "standing still in time" - part of the world. After my first expedition I have returned there many times. Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam have taken my breath away with its exoticims, flora, climate, rich culture, peculiar beauty of women and with time that seems to be running slower here. But most of all it was it was a different civilization about which Rudyar Kipling wrote: "East is East and West is West and they will never meet".

Palkiewicz Indochina 3
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For me new geographical names will never have the charm of the old names like Siam, Ceylon, Saigon, Rangoon and Cochinchina, where magic and mystery stimulates the imagination of many a man.

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See photos from Indochina journey

Indochina gallery

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