Monday, October 11, 2010

Tomb of Henri Mouhot

On my way back from the Elephant Village, my driver stopped to show me a rather fascinating point of interest.

Deep in the Laos jungle, is the final resting place of Henri Mouhot .... the French explorer who "discovered" the famed Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia.  The white tomb can be seen, surrounded by the lush green vegetation.

At the young age of 35, Henri died of malaria while exploring Laos.

Even by today's standards, the final resting place of Henri Mouhot  is way off the beaten track. Hard to imagine what traveling through the hot, humid  jungle 150 years ago must have been like.  To say nothing of getting deathly ill with malaria.... Henri's final entry in his journal asked God to have mercy on him.....

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