Cambodia Cruisin!

Well, took a quick detour on the European travel to Cambodia! An offer to travel across Cambodia by bicycle with 12 friends was too good to pass up and definitely lived up to my expectations.  The tour, mainly on back roads, consisted of approximately 60-80km a day with a Cambodian guide and two support vehicles, a great way to travel.

 

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Ice cold beer after a dusty trail!

While the scenery and temples were magnificent, it was the people that really stood out for me.  I can still hear the children shouting “Hello” and running out to wave to us. We always made a point to respond with a hearty Hello and a wave back as we were impressed by their enthusiasm to try out some English.

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Kids sneaking away from class to see the foreigners!

 

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A few of the kids from a small village out to see the strange visitors!

 

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Some shy girls walking home from school with their portable shade branch.

 

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A young girl patiently waiting for her mother to finish working the salt fields.

 

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Ok so this one was not so excited to see us!

 

The adults were equally kind throughout the country. I was amazed how some of the people had so little yet they seemed so happy, really should be a lesson to all us in the commercialized western countries and our desire to reach happiness through purchases of material goods.

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Four fishermen pausing to see the boat full of foreigners on the Tonle Sap river.

 

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Two women and a man that were in the Temple came out to see the strangely dressed foreigners.

A blog post about the people of Cambodia wouldn’t be complete without a couple of shots of the Buddhist Monks that you would see throughout the country. The Monks wearing their orange robes always stood out in a mystical way and I would always stare and wonder about their lives. They were also very gracious and unassuming.

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Two Buddhist Monks on a hiking trail to visit a waterfall.

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4 Buddhist Monks relaxing in the shade near a temple.

 

Great people in a great country. In the next blog post, I’ll focus more on the scenery and temples, again spectacular in this beautiful land.  Stay tuned!

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10 Comments

  1. Chantal December 17, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

    Lovely pictures!

    • laurentfox December 18, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

      Thanks very much Chantal! Great experience!

  2. Robert Thompson December 17, 2015 at 6:03 pm #

    Great pics!

    • laurentfox December 18, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

      Thanks much Bob, and thanks for the refund! Woohooo, Santa is alive!

  3. Marilyn December 18, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    What a great focus on the Cambodian people, both young and old, in their daily lives,

    • laurentfox December 18, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

      Thanks Marilyn, they were great, young and old!

  4. Alec December 18, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    Laurent,

    You have managed to capture the essence of these Cambodian people. Goes to show that, as children, we have the capacity for genuine smiles… before the ‘forces’ have a go at ‘educating’ us. Wonderfully captured! To get people to relax like this… a photographer’s skill! Always a treat to open up these ‘travel reports’! Cheers

    • laurentfox December 18, 2015 at 7:24 pm #

      Thanks Alec! The kids were great, so friendly and pure good, especially the more we got out into the back road villages. I don’t normally photograph people but this place really called for it! Cheers

      PS-your house is looking great!

  5. Nancy Litwiller December 18, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

    You have captured the very essence of that area. The pictures of the children and the monks really transported me back in time as we lived in Vientiane for a year and traveled about as much as possible. The fishermen reminded me of the Mekong River near Vientiane

    • laurentfox December 18, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

      Thanks Nancy,
      It was a delight meeting all the people, such real kindness that they exhibited. The fishermen were on the Tonle Sap river which merges with the Mekong, maybe the fishermen go all the way to there and up to Vientiane! A very interesting and beautiful part of the world!

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