Cambodia

Posted by on Nov 4, 2011

Hanging with Hom, a 28 year old monk at Angkor Wat The Tomb Raider tree at Ta Prohm Sunset at Angkor Wat The North Gate of Angkor Thom Looking back to the Bayon A Little Merchant at Ta Som A Yoni inside a chamber at Preah Khan The ‘Elephant Trunk’ tree at Preah Khan Entrance to Ta Prohm Drifting along the Tonle Sap People of the Tonle Sap A day in the life of the floating villages, Lake Tonle Sap Strolling through the lotus field A Cambodian siesta Tree at Preah Khan Southern end of Preah Khan Corridor to nowhere A carving of Uma at Preah Khan Annie on a temple wall at Preah Khan Annie beneath a tree at Preah Khan River of a thousand Lingas, Kbal Spean Waterfall at Kbal Spean The Bayon, Angkor Face framed by a window at Bayon, Angkor Looking out into the jungle at Bayon, Angkor An eternal gaze at the Bayon, Angkor Tuol Sleng (S-21) Prison, Phnom Penh The ‘Magic Tree’ at Chuong Ek Killing Fields Inside the memorial at the Chuong Ek Killing Fields Decorations for the Rugby World Cup, Sihanoukville A full house for the Rugby World Cup at ‘The Big Easy’, Sihanoukville The friendly bar staff at Monkey Republic, Sihanoukville Sun Bathing at Victory Beach Inside the Antonov-24 at the Airport Restaurant Shack along Ochheuteal Beach Sunset at Serendipity Beach

Photographs from the the heart of the majestic Khmer empire to the raw and relatively untouched beauty of the Sihanoukville coastline. Siem Reap was mesmering with its scale and grandeur of Angkorian stone structures and their symbiotic co-existance with the encroaching jungle surrounds. Settings that I was fortunate to have enhanced by foliage made vivid by the monsoon season rains and recent floods. A world of contrast from the more sombre recent history of the capital Phnom Penh and the harrowing events that shadowed Tuol Sleng (S-21) Prison and the ‘Killing Fields’ of Chuong Ek. Somewhere in the middle (or to the South to be geographically correct) is the backpacker cross-road of Sihanoukville. Gateway to the pristine beauty of the Cambodian islands and a ‘rough around the edges’ place for travellers to recoup, relax, and let their hair down for a couple days … or weeks.

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