People of Cambodia: A Photo Essay
Photoblog: Way of Life in Cambodia
I found Cambodian people to be some of the kindest and consistently happy in the world, and I know that I’m not alone in this thought. The children play in the streets and everyone helps each other out. Look anywhere and you’ll see a Cambodian smiling. It’s infectious. The best kind of infectious. I came here with sadness looming over me after a bad breakup, and I left with a renewed sense of wonder about the world. For this reason, Cambodia is a very special country to me. Here are some photographs of the amazing people I met on my travels, and a little snapshot of their stories.
Photos from Left to Right, Top to Bottom: 1. This holy man lives in the temples and keeps them clean. He takes a break to stand majestically for our pictures. 2. A young Cambodian man sells pony rides in front of Angkor Wat. He dresses his obliging horse up before his first customer. 3. Young monks smoke during their break by the river. Being a monk in Cambodia is a lot more relaxed than other places and sometimes is a way for young Cambodians to get a leg up in life. 4. Monks sing for prayers and donations of food and money from the stall owners around Angkor Wat. 5. A young lady herds her water buffalo through the temple grounds. 6. A sister tells off her younger brother for getting dirty in the rain.
7. Another holy man relaxes by his temple shrine. 8. Tuk tuk tour drivers sleep in makeshift hammocks while they wait for their customers to finish in the temples. 9 & 11. Ladies sell their produce at a street market in a tiny town outside of Siem Reap. 10. Dedicated women help keep the temples clean.
12. A lady walks her cow through the sandy main street of her tiny village. 13. A young girl smiles as she sells us tickets to the local cave near Kampot. The children in this area are allowed to leave class to sell tickets when they see tourists driving up the road as it helps them practice their English. 14. A Cambodian family eat lunch in a hammock restaurant by the beach. 15. This customer is extremely happy with the fish she bought at the hammock restaurant.
16. This lady is preparing soup at her restaurant on Koh Rong Island. Many of the women and girls in Cambodia wear pyjamas around as they are cheap, stylish and airy but still cover their legs and shoulders. 17. This happy fisherman catches small fish from the pooled water of rice paddies. Later he will dry them to make paste and soups. 18. A couple who don’t feel fear. Lots of Cambodians pile their motorbikes as high as possible to carry produce short distances. This man has his wife perched on top. 19. A fisherman takes a break from the heat of the day falling asleep on some nets. 20. A street food stall owner moves into the shade. She sells locally caught crab with an assortment of toppings.
Currency: 2 Currencies – USD and Cambodian Riel (KHR, ៛)
$1 USD = ៛4, 000
I was here: September & December 2013