This is a creative place. The great Angkor temples, with their twisting cotton trees and multi-hued sandstone buildings are said to be presided over by Vishnu, god of creation. Look out for the many Apsaras, or angels, carved dancing and almost disappearing in the rock face, surrounded by half ruined temples stacked like fallen dominoes. In Phnom Penh there is a thriving art scene, too, revolving around the Java Arts Café.
And then there are the joyous sunsets, frivolously yellowish gold, like the earth of Cambodia. Perhaps it is simply the beauty of the place that makes everyone smile.
HUTS OFF THE COAST OF KOH RONG
A WATERMELON SELLER AT THE MARKET ON STILTS NEAR TONLE SAP LAKE
KIDS PLAY IN THE RUINS OF ANGKOR WAT
A VILLAGE ON STILTS NEAR TONLE SAP LAKE
NOVICE MONKS PLAY WITH THEIR PHONES IN THE ANGKOR TEMPLES
SUNSET ON THE COAST OF CAMBODIA
A TEMPLE AT SUNSET
A BUDDHIST WATER BLESSING AT THE HOTEL RESIDENCE D’ANGKOR, SIEM REAP
A STREET STALL IN PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
FISHING BOATS OFF THE COAST OF SIHANOUKVILLE
A GORGEOUS VIEW OF THE COAST IN SIHANOUKVILLE