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Cambodia – Street Photography

Colourful markets and vibrant street-life

Getting those picturesque photographs of Cambodia’s sublime landscapes or spectacular, atmospheric shots of jungle-clad temple ruins is a straightforward task. You’ll need someone to ensure you get to the right place at the right time then hope for a fortuitous monk to stroll past the stone carvings or an old ox-cart to lumber across the paddy-field and bingo.

Dawn at Angkor
Dawn at Angkor

What’s equally rewarding subject-wise but far less accessible to the casual passer-by are the fascinating images of the country’s vibrant street-life. Phnom Penh’s chaotic scenes, dingy, narrow back-streets and labyrinthine, sprawling markets can seem both overwhelming and often intimidating yet that’s exactly where you may just capture that special image.

Phnom Penh back-street. Cambodia Street Photography
Phnom Penh back-street. Cambodia Street Photography

Local guides with their regular itinerary of museums, palaces and temples won’t really suffice (and we’re referring to places they probably wouldn’t dare to show visitors anyway) so having an experienced photographer who knows these alleys inside and can communicate with the residents is the only way to do it.

Cambodia Street Photography
Cambodia Street Photography

Such scenes of local life – whether in urban or rural settings – are, to our minds, just as fascinating and worthwhile as those postcard shots of famous monuments and temples but – as we said – this is where you’ll need some expert assistance.

Elderly market vendors - Cambodia Street Photography
Elderly market vendors

Our Southeast Asia photography tours then are fully accompanied by long-term Asian hand Jeff Perigois and include Cambodian street photography sessions in his hometown of Phnom Penh on both our Images of Indochina and Images of Cambodia tours.

Cambodia Street Photography. Market scene
Market scene

Other photographic tour options include Thailand, where we’ll take you from the backstreets of Bangkok to remote hill-tribe villages in the scenic northern mountains; Laos, featuring the charming and of course highly photogenic UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang and a brand new destination for 2019 – Images of Sri Lanka.