Alexandre Henri Mouhot was born on 15 May , in the French village of Montbeliard, near the Swiss border. His father served in the administration of Louis. However, it turned out many of the folks we approached seemed clueless when asked about Henri Mouhot’s grave. One of them, a young. Did you know that famous French natural Henri Mouhot, the first white man to map the wonders of Ankor Wat, is buried just on the outskirts of Luang Prabang?.

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His writings were collected and published posthumously in a book called Travels in Siam, Cambodia and Laosand began to popularize Angkor in the West. It caters for more of the upmarket traveller — with packages on offer that combine elephant riding with private picnics at secluded waterfalls in the jungle. It is inscribed, ‘Doudart de Lagree The popularity of Angkor generated by Mouhot’s writings led to the popular support for a major French role in its study and preservation.

Soon after arriving, Commander Doudart de Lagree asked the ruler of Laos for permission to construct a monument over Uenri Mouhot’s grave.

By the time French explorer and naturalist Henri Mouhot was 34, he was meandering the Mekong region and the ruins of Angkor.

The waves glitter in the broad sunshine with a brilliancy which the eye can scarcely support, and, in many mouhott of the lake, nothing is visible all around but water.

At the outbreak of the Crimean War inMouhot left Russia and returned to his home in Montbeliard.

Henri Mouhot – Wikipedia

I was intrigued by this extraordinary human being, and felt compelled to reflect upon the little-known man. Historians have put forth several factors. There are activities on henti at the site including zip lining, elephant riding and hiking.

He died near NaphanLaos. A postcard from Laos: Cuora mouhotiia turtle; and Oligodon mouhotia snake. This is what I did.

He made it to Luang Prabang and wrote this in his diary about the beauty of his surroundings: This entails a walk down a steep track on the southern bank of river Nam Khan, over a small wooden bridge, and then up to a well-cleared track to the tomb, altogether about meters.


In the spring ofMouhot left Chantaboun in a fishing boat and followed the coastline along the Gulf of Siam to Kampot, on the west side. June Learn how and when to remove this template message. Mouhot died of a malarial fever on his 4th expedition, in the jungles of Henti.

He had been warned that few foreigners had entered the jungles of Laos and returned safely but he ignored their concerns and set off on his expedition in the summer of The henir famous temple building in Angkor is Angkor Wat, hebri of the largest temple structures in the world.

Osborne, Milton, River Road to China: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I much fear that my poor dog will come mpuhot an untimely end, and be trampled under foot by some elephant, or devoured at a mouthful by a tiger’.

History and Culture: On the Trail of Henri Mouhot

Face to face, the rectangular, grey granite monument was bigger than expected dimensions: Upon reading “The Kingdom and People of Siam” by Sir John Bowring inMouhot decided to travel to Indochina to conduct a series of botanical expeditions for the collection of new zoological specimens.

Planted deep in the soil and supported by bricks, it will, at least for a few more years, indicate the place where the first European who arrived in Luang Prabang, was buried’. When the French Mekong expedition visited Luang Prabang, six years after Mouhot’s death, they found the dog in the care of a Laotian family. A slight clearing in the jungle and a ray of sun, highlighting the bank, took our eyes to the steep slope of the bank nearest to us.

If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. To be fair however, although Mouhot had displayed the traits of a Euro-supremacist like so many of his contemporaries, he did not seem to be a hardcore colonialist, for he occasionally doubted the beneficial effects of European colonization:. From Kenne Thao to Luang Prabang. They include the layout of Angkor Wat, architectural features of the terrace, the henrii, roofs, columns, porticos, and galleries and details of thebas-reliefs – scenes, locations, dress, jewellery, military weapons, flora and fauna.


Most of the content on this site is the property of Zak Keith and is copyright protected. Ever the superior European, Mouhot assumed that the authors of such grandeur were of a disappeared henro and errantly dated the creation of Angkor back to over two millennia, to around the same era as Roman Empire. To get to Ban Phanom, take the road heading north-east out of town, past the golden stupa known as Wat Paphonphao on the hill.

The tomb is still quite near the river only about 20mand access by boat from town should be possible. They had one other child, a son, Charles. Six years after Mouhot’s death, the French Mekong Exploration Commission set out to find a navigable route, from Saigon into China, that could be used for trade along the Mekong River. The planter, a widower, suggested that his eldest son, eighteen-year-old Phrai, become Mouhot’s servant.

We left our horses there and the locals cleared the path for us with henfi, cutting through lianas and rattans. Or shall we, as blind instruments of boundless ambition, come hither as henrii scourge, to add to their ehnri miseries?

Over a period of three years before he died, he endured extreme hardships and fended off wild animals, to explore moubot previously uncharted jungle territory. His birth town of Montbeliard then helped with its restoration that same year. Mouhot, who had a facility for languages, quickly learned Russian and Polish. On his first expedition, he visited Ayutthayathe former capital of Siam already-charted territory and gathered an extensive collection of insects, terrestrial and river shells, and sent them on to England.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Henri Mouhot. As you leave Ban Phanom, follow the right fork 3.