Photos: Children of Cambodia

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Anyone who’s been to Cambodia will understand that there is something special about the children there. Their smiles are infectious, their friendly demeanour rubs off on you. A lot of the children learn English in school and revel at the opportunity to practice with a foreigner. They will run across the street just to stand in front of you and smile, not knowing what to say, just waiting until you say something to them. But some children in Cambodia have been taught to take advantage of the foreigners. Child beggars are common, child tricksters even more so. The following captures the smiles and life of some of the children I came across in Cambodia, some that would become my friend, some that tried to rip me off. 

Children of Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat Temple entrance boy plays foot ball with coconut in Siem Reap, CambodiaBaphuon Temple young girls play outside at Angkor Thom in Siem Reap, Cambodia-2Monks sing for food and money donations and a monk in front of angkor wat templePre Rup Temple boy plays hide and seek in the rain at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia in the rain at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia

1. A boy practices football with an old coconut in front the Angkor Wat temple. 2. These young girls loved having their picture taken, before asking people for money. 3. Young Monks sing for donations of food and money at the restaurants outside Angkor Wat. 4. A boy plays his and seek in the rain amongst the depilated temple walls with his friends.

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Children of Rural CambodiaGirl taking tickets and boy fishing at a temple bathWandering the sandy streets around Hariharalaya in Siem Reap in Cambodia-2Young girl on dusty road and children fish for frogs using bamboo rodsA smiling girl at the fresh produce market near Hariharalaya in Siem Reap, Cambodia-2Inside of a buddist temple near the river in Kampot, Cambodia-4

1. While on tour in Kampot we came to learn that kids from the local school will run outside when they see a foreigner approach, so that they can give tours and sell tickets to their cave. 2. This boy is fishing in a temple pool. 3. Kids happy to see me as I walk up a dusty street. 4. A girl shows off her bike and then offers me some of her dessert. 5. These friends are fishing for frogs in a drain using a bamboo rod. 6. A girl looks after her parents’ store at a produce market. 7. Young monks curiously watch us as we take photos of a temple.

Info
Country: Cambodia
Language: Khmer
Currency: 2 Currencies – USD and Cambodian Riel (KHR, ៛)
$1 USD = ៛4, 000
I was here: September 2013Crissies logo

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Crystal Egan

Passionate baby goat cuddler and part-time adventurer, Crystal can often be found doing headstands on the edges of cliffs, taking photos of abandoned buildings or sleeping on deserted islands with dangerous criminals. She has too many awesome stories and helpful tips to keep them all to herself so follow along and in return she will bring you inspiring pictures, travel videos and a whole load of fun!

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