As one of many traditional markets in Phnom Penh, the Russian Market is a must-see for tourists and is perfect for getting used to a truly different way of shopping for fresh food.
Elephants are a common sight in Cambodia and can even be seen walking down the roads in Siem Reap. Take a tour on one, but sometimes, they are more majestic seen walking down the roads. Watch the cars get out of their way.
One of the most emotional places I have ever been in, the Tol Sleung Genocide Prison was the prison sight of some of the worst tortures under the Khmer Rouge Regime. Led by Comrade Duch, an estimated 17,000 people were tortured and executed in many of these wooden holding cells.
Wherever one travels in the world, children are no different. In Cambodia, the kids were eager to have their pictures taken and after, they wanted to see what the photograph looked like. Some wanted small coins for their photographs, while for others, it became what I can see as an exciting experience.
Hello and welcome back to Traveling with Krushworth. Previously, you followed me through the aisles of the Russian Market. Now, enjoy my photographs where I tried to capture the beauty, history and impressive wealth of the Cambodian royal palace, situated in the heart of Phnom Penh.
After visiting the Cambodian National Museum, my family and I hopped aboard another tuk-tuk and traveled to the Royal Palace. There were hordes of annoying tourists and I was pushed out of the way because I was standing where someone wanted to take a picture. Lovely.
Just as we saw the kingly quarters of Norodom Sihamoni, the present king of Cambodia, we spent time looking at the impressive and ancient slupas or family crypts. Now, I’ll let the pictures do the talking as they are indeed worth more than 1,000 of my words.
Only having been in Phnom Penh for half a day, my family and I took a tuk-tuk to the Russian Market, which would be one of the first markets we would see on our trip through Cambodia. When stepping into the Russian market, sadly, there were no elderly ladies named Helga or Olga making borscht at the stalls; in fact, there was truly nothing Russian about the place.
The stalls were cramped, small and the isles were crowded. People sat on desks chopping eels, frying fish, cooking and selling anything you could ever imagine. As a photographer, I stayed in the market to get many different pictures. Not only was I able to get some stunning shots of everyday life in the capital, but I was also in the way like a good tourist.
Though my family and I have traveled before, it was different to be stared at because of our white skin colour. As well, the kids found us truly amusing and would come up to us and my dad who held the video camera.
When I traveled to Cambodia with my family, it was one of the most incredible places I have ever seen. The nation has seen brutal genocide within the last 30 years and still suffers from child sex tourism and land mines placed during the Vietnam War.
With that being said, the people are some of the friendliest, most hospitable I have met on my travels. As well, the temple complexes spread out over the entire country are magnificent and will be featured in my upcoming series on Cambodia.
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