People of Cambodia: A Photo Essay

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      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. 

      1. Temple man, horse ride operator and monks smoke by the river 2. monks sing for donations and prayers, a lady herds water buffalo and a sister tells off her brotherPhotos 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.

      3. a temple carer sits in front of shrine, tuk tuk drivers sleep while tourists look at temples4. Ladies at their market stalls, a temple cleaner7. 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. 

      5. lady and cow, girl sells tickets to cave, family eat in hammock restaurant, cook showing of BBQ fish12. 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. 

      8. A soup street food lady, a fisherman in the rice paddies7. motorbike piled high, fisherman sleeps and a street food lady in heat16. 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. 

      Another person who likes getting to know people in countries she’s visiting is Jill at Reading the Book. She’s got a great post about visiting a tiny place near Siem Reap in Cambodia called Battambang and her adventures taking the bamboo train.  

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

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      Categories: Cambodia, Eco-Tourism & Cultural Immersion, Photoblogs
      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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