If I think back to my time in Cambodia, the one thing that really stands out for me are the people. I found the Cambodians remarkable in their spirit, resilience and friendliness, considering the atrocities they went through not so very long ago under the Khmer Rouge regime.
Whilst the people in the larger cities of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap were less friendly and welcoming (as expected, not unlike most other big cities in the world), the Cambodians I came across in the smaller towns and countryside villages seemed to be a happy, smiley bunch, content with their small lot in life. I was particularly enthralled with the children I came across, who (one could surmise) seemed to be fairly used to tourists and travellers and were enthusiastic about exchanging loud greetings in English and waving furiously at any foreigner that passed by.
I have displayed below, some of my personal favourites out of all the photographs I took of the people of Cambodia I came across during my short time there. I have divided them up by the cities, towns or areas I took them in, namely:
- Phnom Penh – an interesting mixture of subjects portraying daily life in the capital, comprising poor children amusing themselves in the capital, monks leaving and entering the Royal Palace and ladies selling their goods by the roadside
- Kampot and Kep – most of the photos I have chosen are of the happy children I met during my tour of the small villages around Kampot. The setting of pretty much all of the photos are the dusty dirt roads or farming fields of the village
- Temples of Angkor – all photos shown are of the children I came across in the Temples. Though young, some were already working to get money from tourists either by drawing or helping their parents out in their makeshift stalls –
- Siem Reap countryside – more photos of children and traders I came across while cycling along the dirt tracks along the countryside