Photo of the week
Here is another excerpt from Cambodia. This time I wanted to focus on the people and what they do every day. One of the often overlooked aspects of tourism are the people working within the industry that make it happen in through their work in the background. An example is the housekeeping staff at our hotel who made our stay much better through the little things like arranging the flowers in our room in a very pleasing way.
There are the workers who maintain the monuments and historically important sites through their hard work, and in Cambodia often in very hot and humid days.
Other times tourist engage directly with the people such as at markets with vendors willing to learn some and often good English to sell their wares. We had an opportunity to go see a market for locals in Siem Reap where we walked through the wet market with a variety of fish from the nearby Tonle Sap Lake along with all sorts of other dry goods.
It was interesting to see how the markets were actually different, with some of them selling speciality items such as the hand cut wooden mats that people were working on.
We experienced very friendly people everywhere we went in Siem Reap. Even some of the beggar people stopped and had a chat with us before asking for money.
Religion is a very important part of life in Cambodia with monks and nuns present at most temples in various roles, both as visitors and caretakers. Below are three images from various temples around Siem Reap.
Just as interesting as seeing these pious people was to see everyday people going about their daily lives. From riding scooters to praying. Travelling to different countries really drives home for me how similar people really are. We all do similar things just with local adaptations to suit the particular location or situation.