City on Stilts

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Our third day in Cambodia was probably my favorite. We hired a local tuk tuk driver for the day and explored the Cambodian countryside. We asked him to take us to his favorite places and where he thought we should visit. It was so nice to go somewhere with no tourists. It was incredible to see how the locals lived and to see their pure joy.

The tuk tuk driver took us to a gorgeousΒ temple and and showed us some of the most incredible views of the countryside. If you visit Siem Reap, I highly recommend hiring a local for the day and asking him to take you to all of hisΒ favorite places.

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Our driver’s name was Mr. Han and we adored him. As we drove, he told us stories about his life and the history of Cambodia. He also encouraged us to intentionally look for anyone over the age of 50. It was heartbreaking when we realized just how few people from the older generation remained after the Civil War. We learned the average age in Cambodia is a mere 22 years old.

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^^ please notice the man driving his bike between the cows ^^img4324-8img4324-13 img4324-1400001659 00001655 00001660 00001679 00001657 img4324-27 img4324-24 img4324-20 img4324-28 img4324-13 img4324-12 img4324-11img4324-13 img4324-12

^^ the one water source in the village ^^img4324-11 img4324-10 00001653 00001665 img4324-19 00001649 img4324-10 img4324-900001667 img4324-5 img4324-14

Find more about our trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia here

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16 Comments

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    Mimi Gonzales
    October 17, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Life up-close there in Cambodia is sooo… serene. I love the city itself and the way people move about in their daily lives. I can’t help but notice how there’s such a big similarity to the communities found here in the Philippines. Nonetheless, it is a beautiful place with deep culture and wonderful kinds of people :)

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    Bryn Bradsher
    October 17, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I can’t believe the average age is 22! That’s so heartbreaking! It looks like such a beautiful place and so full of culture! xo Bryn http://www.waketonroad.com

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    Allie
    October 17, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    That is heart breaking! Would love to visit this one day!

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    Amber of A Mused Blog
    October 17, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    I have always wanted to visit Cambodia. The average age of 22 is heartbreaking. There’s an entire generation gap. You took some really spectacular lifestyle shots. Gave a wonderful feel to your travels.

    Amber
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    erin d
    October 17, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    That is heartbreaking….only 22. You took amazing lifestyle photos, I truly felt like I was there!

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    Danielle Alexandra
    October 17, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Wow! So sad-22. :( You did an amazing job at capturing your experience. xo
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    Nataly Kimball
    October 18, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Great photos, but that is so sad!

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    Shane Prather
    October 18, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I am so bummed I didn’t make it to Cambodia while in SE Asia! Your pics are gorgeous. But 22 wow, how sad.

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    Shani Ogden
    October 18, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    I loved looking at these pictures! I’ve never been to Asia but I’ve heard a lot about Cambodia and think it would be a really neat experience to visit.

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    Ashley Hargrove
    October 18, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    I am really hoping to make it there sometime next year. Looks like an amazing experience!

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    Brenda Mobebi
    October 19, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Wow, amazing how you see other parts of the world almost the same way some other in other parts live.. We have a float in village here in Lagos Nigeria and aside the different colour of skin, basically they live same life with that of those in Cambodia floating village..

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    Kimberly Clifton
    October 19, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    What a wonderful expierence! I’m sure these are memories that you will cherish for the rest of your life!

    Kim
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    Susannah
    October 19, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    What gorgeous pictures! It looks like you had an amazing, memorable trip! <3

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    Mikaela Rae Lewis
    October 19, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Love these photos! This trip looks AMAZING!

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    Kasey
    October 22, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Your trip looks so amazing, and these photos are amazing!

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    Cece Lam
    October 24, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    This is so beautiful! Looks like you had a good time :)

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