Cambodia - A portrait in pictures
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on The Road Untold: Cambodia - A Portrait in Pictures
Spending a month in Cambodia was one of the most enriching experiences of my life so far. I had never been to a developing country nor had I witnessed poverty such a scale. Yet, despite most people in Cambodia having so very little, the country has the warmest, most welcoming people I have ever encountered, both locals and ex-pats. Add to this the variety of beautiful scenery and the crazy chaotic charm of the cities, and Cambodia becomes a wonderful place to be. Here are a series of images that tell the story of my time there.
Beautiful skies, water covered rice paddies and jungle covered hills, the countryside of Cambodia is varied and often stunning. But as with everywhere in the country, it's the people and their lives that make it such a fascinating and enjoyable place to be.
As with the rest of South-east Asia, the coastline of Cambodia is a paradise of white sands and palm trees, yet it still retains that unmistakable Khmer rough charm. It's also a great place to admire the clouds, which often appear like mountains reaching into the sky.
Chaotic, dirty and noisy; the cities of Cambodia, and particularly the capital Phnom Penh, can be difficult places to be. But stick it out and you are rewarded with scenes that you simply couldn't imagine existed. Some of them are comic insanity. Others are simply heart-breaking.