I first travelled to Cambodia in 1999 and it was the first place after visiting countless countries as a travel photographer to truly capture my heart. I have been returning to Cambodia ever since this first visit and I am still truly in love with the country.
The reason I originally travelled to Cambodia was of course to visit the vast and sublime Angkor Wat complex.
However it was the friendly and charming nature of the Cambodian people that so quickly stole my heart.
During my early visits travel around the country was incredibly slow going. Quite often I would find myself clinging on to the back of a motorbike for hours on end as the bike balanced on the banks between paddy fields, slowly picking its way to a far destination promising unique treasures such as deities carved in river beds on sacred mountains.
Nowadays the roads and transport have greatly improved, opening up more of this rustic and unspoilt country.
Despite the improvements to roads, it is still very rare to see other tourists anywhere but the hot spots around Angkor. The bulk of the country remains undeveloped with red dust tracks
and rice paddies peppered with the tall spikes of sugar palms.
Combined with the traditional wooden Khmer houses that rest on stilts and the occasional passing ox-cart
this landscape is rich with photographic gems offering a literal plethora of amazing locations for photography.
The coast of Cambodia boasts amazing sunrises and sunsets
and small towns like Kep, famous for the crab market, are places to head for at sunset to see the days fresh catch hauled back to shore.
I have been taking photographic groups to Cambodia since 2012 and one thing that I hear being said again and again is “I can’t believe we are the only ones here”.
Cambodia still feels fresh and vibrant in comparison to its tourist weary neighbours and moves at a gentle slower pace.
For the discerning travel and landscape photographer Cambodia has it all and in my opinion is Asia’s best kept photographic secret.
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