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Roaming Phnom Penh – Day One – study in contrasts

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Room at The Quay

Room at The Quay

Phnom Penh (and Cambodia) is a contrast in opposites.  To attract tourists and businessmen, investors have poured lots of money into the service industry and as a result, some of the hotels in Cambodia are as good as hotels anywhere.  As the photo of a room at The Quay shows, the accommodations can be quite comfortable and elegant.

On the flip side, just walk around block from the hotel and you are faced with the other part of Cambodia, people struggling to make a living.

This contrast is more stark from my perspective.  Three weeks ago, I was in Tokyo, a city whose development and social concerns are a far cry from Phnom Penh.  Various NGO’s (non-governmental agencies) are try to make a difference working with the Cambodia government.  There has been progress, but it is fast enough?

In the following photos, the old woman is selling brushes, while the children are selling basil.

Trying to make a sell

Trying to make a sell



Basil anyone?

Basil anyone?


Written by leolaksi

November 17, 2008 at 6:30 am

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  1. Brilliant photographs.
    Full of life.
    Was fun to read your narrative 🙂

    Aditya Rao

    November 17, 2008 at 11:43 am

  2. Second photo of the old woman – though she just earned some money from selling the product but her visage told us another story. she still seemed to be anxious 😦


    November 17, 2008 at 5:29 pm

  3. It was very hot and she looked very tired. I can’t imagine doing this for an hour and she probably does this everyday. She did look desperate.


    November 17, 2008 at 5:43 pm

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