It took me a while to put together a post with some photos of Cambodia . While I know this country is so high on many people’s list, it did not end up being a place where I would go back. Maybe the amount of scams that greeted us as soon as we passed the border didn’t help. Or the fact that we could not get our motorbike across and had to go with buses for a while instead. Anyway… We still went through with our visit of the country and discovery of Cambodia. We spent a while on the islands (which made us feel extremely old, mainly on Koh Ta Kiev) before heading to the usual tourist spots. Angkor was as beautiful as we were expecting it to be but Kampot was probably our favourite spot. A lovely place to relax and enjoy our beautiful surroundings.
As usual, selecting only a few photos was not easy (I can’t imagine when I’ll have to do this for China, it’s going to be a nightmare) and I had to cut out quite a few thing but you can see the rest of our photos in our folders dedicated to Cambodia.
You cannot really make a selection of photos from this land without a few shots of Angkor. But I believe the local wildlife, the nature and mainly the people’s way of life can also have to make it in this list. But maybe that’s just me and my obsession with locals.
Island life, wildlife, Angkor temples, salt harvest and daily life are all a part of this list. So are sunsets and sunrises because… well… you always need one, it’s hard to avoid those colours. So enjoy a few photos of Cambodia.
Waking up early to observe a sunrise on Angkor Wat is an absolute must-do in Cambodia. Sadly this means dealing with many people and a good shot on a busy day is hard work. Mosquito bites are also something you need to be prepared for (bring on the mosquito repellent or get your legs bitten) but the view will make up for all the wait and the crowds. We got there really early and waited a while, hoping for something a bit less… busy, but when people tell you that it will be busy well… it will. Be ready for an early start and don’t expect a cozy experience!
Kampot isn’t only famous for its pepper but also for this salt. The clear water gives lovely mirror images and the work is an interesting thing to witness. Hard working, those people carry and gather the salt all day under the bright sun.
One of my favourite shot in Cambodia. This photo was taken while on the back of a tuk-tuk going around the fields near Kampot. That lady gave me the time to take a shot of her while working in the fields. Hard working, she represents, I believe, the strength of her country.
Ha monkeys… Who doesn’t like those small furry beasts. Their expressions are always strong and this one wasn’t an exception. The pleasure on his face while eating this apple made my day and, with a bit of luck, also made it on to the camera. Strangely you can see quite a few animals around Kampot, the zoo there is a bit of an enigma: the owners are constantly changing between responsible NGOs and very bad owners. If you want to go please bring food for the animals.
Cambodia also has some lovely islands. While I prefer the ones in Thailand like the lovely Koh Wai ,the Cambodian islands are worth a few days to relax and enjoy yourself. Koh Ta Kiev has a beautiful scenery and some lovely beaches. While hotels are constantly changing, this island gives you an introduction to the Robinson Crusoe life.
What do you know Angkor for? The nature and buildings entangled together. There is a feeling of nature taking over and reclaiming it’s own place. Ta Phrom is the perfect spot to witness such strength.
If you make it in Kampot you will certainly hear of a ghost town nearby. While some of this town is now being renovated the church stayed untouched. And even if it has been abandoned and tagged it seems to still be used by a few people that decided to leave an old bible and a rosary on the alter.
If you make it to Kampot you should be heading South and spend a day or two in Kep, a town famous for its fresh seafood. You might find those small dry shrimps that are used to add taste to a few dishes.
And since we started with a sunrise, let’s finish this selection with a sunset. Kampot’s lake is one of the best places to go and relax for a while. Enjoy a coconut while watching a sunset, it’s one great way to get away from everything and might explain why so many expats are setting business in this town.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this new selection. Cambodia is a place that surely will mark you one way or the other. And while it is not in our top 10, it still was a hell of an experience and you would have to be very difficult to not enjoy discovering Angkor for the first time.
Tell us about your experience with Cambodia. Did you enjoy your visit? What were your thought on this country? Which of these photos was your favourite?
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