Just another country? Not at all, yes a smaller country geographically but it has so much of past glory and present challenges. The past and present are immense weights but the future looks, to us, very positive.
PAST (The former greatest civilisation in the world):
How many sunrises has Angkor Wat seen? This was ours, Siem Reap
The seldom visited eastern gate of Angkor Wat, A new day all to ourselves, Siem Reap
Such detail for such scale in the great city of Angkor, Siem Reap
The Angkor temple of Preah Khan, still guarded by lions , Siem Reap
Great power wrestles with great power at Ta Prohm in the city of Angkor Thom, Siem Reap
Steve feeling a 12th century sunrise at Angkor Wat, Siem Reap
Stone erodes but life continues as it has for centuries at Angkor Wat, Siem Reap
Who needs artworks? Preah Khan temple is alive with colour in Angkor after 900 years, Siem Reap
Kilometres of corridoors more like artworks give passage through Angkor Wat, Siem Reap
Not just forts, Angkor city is a study in design, light and aesthetics , Siem Reap
PRESENT (A nation rising from significant challenges):
Victims of recent tragedy at the hands of the Khmer Rouge in Choeng Ek (the killing fields), Phnom Penh
No escape for victims or the minds of visitors at the S21 prison, Phnom Penh
Modern Cambodia is not just the gritty poor country you think, Phnom Penh
An abandoned church still serves a purpose on the eerie Bokor mountain, Kampot
FUTURE (Past grandeur and recent tragedy gives way to a bright future):
The future leaders in the present appreciating the past, Siem Reap
Sea breeze call us to from home in a paradise so far from what you think of Cambodia, Koh Rong Sanloem
The caribbean, Thailand, Fiji, Greek islands. Add Cambodia to that list, Koh Rong Sanloem
Tropical storms rage and pass but paradise remains eternal, Koh Rong Sanloem
Rich earth colours the raging waters of Bokor Mountain, Kampot
Leaving past grandeur and recent tragedy behind as the sun sets on another hopeful day, Koh Rong Sanloem
Life doesn’t always need to bow to convenience as Cambodia shows us all a great lesson, Koh Rong Sanloem
Beautiful photos! You’re right – I wish I was there right now.
Thanks for the comment. Yes Cambodia is far more than most see it as. Fantastic country. So when are you booking your ticket? 😉
Hmm.. I’m planning for Europe end of summer. So maybe after that?
Definitely, and with Vietnam right next door…can I suggest you go to both? Food in Vietnam along with photographic subjects are also incredible.
Oh my. There are no words. The history lesson alone is very sobering. Cambodia for me has been the most grounding of countries. I know that Peru and many others have been life lessons but Cambodia………… How do you come home and resume a ‘normal’ life. Since reading these blogs i seem to be noticing more and more the pettiness, the selfishness the all about me that surrounds. Sad.
Forward now. Enjoy.
Wow, what a comment. Yeah it was petty full on. Such a varied country and simply no one whinged or did anything but smile and get on with things. It’s a huge life lesson too, we are so privileged.
Glad you’re enjoying, tell stan to read and not just look at the pretty pictures
Thanks Liam. Did you have a favourite photo?
The Tomb Raider style tree one.
Cool, yes Ta Prohn was incredible. Couldn’t tell whether the trees were holding up the building or the other way around.
Gorgeous photos! I love going to Cambodia and learning so much about the history, I knew very little of it before. I think Cambodia can often be forgotten against some of the other Asian countries, but I loved it! 🙂
Absolutely agree. There’s something about the lesser known countries that really shines of you care to look. It’s outstanding and such a treat to visit.