Cambodia: Tonlé Sap Lake


Way back in September of 2014 my father came to visit while I was living in Shanghai, China. He was going to be with me for two weeks so we decided to take a trip somewhere else in Asia for a few days. We settled on Cambodia, specifically Siem Reap, mostly because I have wanted to see Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples for a very long time. This post and the ensuing series will chronicle that trip and the amazing things we saw and, of course, photographed.

I should start by saying that, unlike most of my adventures, this time I had some help figuring out what to do. The problem with sort of spur of the moment decisions to travel to a country that you've never been to is that you've never been there... and don't really know all the things you need to know vis-à-vis getting around, getting to places, speaking the language, finding food etc. So, I did some research and found Peace of Angkor Tours. We decided to hire these guys to take us around not only Siem Reap but also Tonlé Sap Lake and some of the temples well outside of the city. This was a fantastic decision and I fully recommend it for any photographers traveling to the area. Having someone who is familiar with the area and the conditions and can get you to the right places at the right times can make all the difference. Big shout out to Elliot and Dave for sure!

Our first day we did not actually visit any temples. This day we were going to head to Tonlé Sap Lake. But, before we got to the lake we made a stop at a roadside market to shoot people going about their daily lives. If there is one thing I can say about Cambodians, it is that they love to smile.

Woman and baby at market, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Man frying up breakfast at market, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Cooking at the market, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Pigs, Siem Reap, Cambodia

These little piggies went to market (see what I did there?).

Boys watching tv, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Woman at the market, Siem Reap, Cambodia