Cambodia is known for its gorgeous natural beauty as well as its rich culture. It’s also known for its unimaginable tragedy of Khmer Rouge Genocide. I had the fortune to visit Cambodia in the spring of 2015. Here’s a collage of my photos and their short descriptions from that trip.
Water kicked up from the rotory motor behind a dinghy.
It’s important to have dry timber for the kitchen.
Palaces of Phnom Penh, Cambodia
As water level recede in the winter, fish is becoming more concentrated into smaller ponds. These fisherman are having decent catch, but will there be more fish to catch next year?
Choeung Ek: A heartbreaking place where almost 9000 bodies were found buried in mass graves. One of the best known sites of Khmer Rouge, in which millions innocent people were killed for a political cause. The genocide wiped out 25% of entire Cambodian population. The entire world stood still and watched this happen without intervention.
Steep stairs are not for faint-hearted or physically fragile
Giant Banyan tree next to a dilapidated temple
A pano picture of dilapidated temple
Teenagers being rowdy in Ta Prohm temple
A tourist walking by many stacked gates. I stood back and snapped pictures as people file through in front of the gates.
Villagers travel between houses on little motorized dinghy
Sunrise on Angkor Wat
Human bones are still seen scattered on the ground in Choeung Ek. It is truly haunting to be there.
A couple filtering for snails or fish in a pond
A giant wasp hive in Angkor Wat
This Banyan tree took hold of the entire temple and left the gate open to still allow people to pass through. But for how much longer?
National Museum of Cambodia with beautiful architecture.
A pano of another temple
An enormous Banyan tree and its tortuous roots.
Interesting kid holding up a large snake while riding back on a dinghy. It turns out taking a picture of him required some money.
Angkor Wat at sun rise
An intricately carved face on a tower in a temple in Siem Reap.
from inside the walls of Angkor Wat
An artist’s rendition of fallen walls and overgrown vegetation in Angkor Wat
An enormous Banyan Tree took over the broke walls of Ta Prohm
A man picking up plastic bottles along the shore of Tonle Sap
Top of Bakheng temple at sunrise
Three towers on the top of temple platform.
A baby monkey sharing a green mango with mom
Entry way to Angkor Wat
These roots penetrate wall to ambitiously support the weight of the tree trunk. The wall will eventually collapse and bring the tree down with it.
I became obsessed with photographing these Banyan trees
A buddha well decorated by worshipers
A gate that marked one of the entrances to Angkor Wat. It’s is so narrow that two normal sedans side by side cannot go through at the same time. It becomes a real bottleneck at peak tourist hours.
Take your kid to work day.
Drying fish on a bamboo platform
hmm… I don’t think it’s all a tan.
Women selling fruit to foreign tourists like me. They are pretty successful in this hot and humid weather. It’s only the spring. What is summer like here?
Tonle Sap Lake Floating village
Sunrise over Bakheng temple where the crowd is thin and my viewpoint is high.
A Banyan tree so large that it is literally destroying the edifice under its roots.
Sunset on Angkor Wat
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum: used to be an extermination camp used by Khmer Rouge.
One of many enormous face carvings in the temples of Siem Reap.
Ta Prohm temple is perhaps one of the most well known in Angkor Wat. In my mind, it became mainstream in the western world by Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider movie.
Looking down at Angkor Wat from Bakheng temple at sunrise
According to our boat captain, these people are often not registered with the government. They are in a sense truly free. Perhaps not quite the freedom we are looking for.
These kids are pretty expert navigators on this water.
Exploring the halls of old temples.
Fisherman looking for fish in a muddy pond.
One of many beautiful structures scattered in Siem Reap.
Tuol Sleng genocide museum: A former high school where approximate 20,000 were imprisoned, tortured and killed during Khmer Rouge.
More steep steps: it’s not a place to be distracted.
Faces up high on the towers.
An intricate tunnel/hall mostly exposed to sunlight by a caved in roof.
Men fixing up their boats.
A fisherman expertly casting his net in Tonle Sap Lake
My friend, Danielle, looking up at me from the bottom of the stairs.