Cambodia Photo Guidebook

Welcome to the Cambodia Photo Guidebook. Enjoy exploring the beauty of Cambodia.

Explore by Province: Banteay Meanchey • Battambang • Kampong Cham • Kampong Chhnang • Kampong Speu • Kampong Thom • Kampot • Kandal • Kep • Koh Kong • Kratie • Mondulkiri • Oddar Meanchey • Pailin • Phnom Penh • Preah Sihanouk • Preah Vihear • Pursat • Prey Veng • Ratanakiri • Siem Reap • Stung Treng • Svay Rieng • Takeo • Tboung Khmom

Latest from Cambodia:

Kampong Phluk, ‘floating’ village

Kampong Phluk ‘floating’ village.

A Khmer women of Kampong Phluk village sailing with her young daughter, Cambodia by Courtney Esson
© Courtney Esson 2019

Courtney Esson shares her photographs and reflection on the lives of the people of Kampong Phluk, ‘the floating village’, Cambodia.”To create a connection to the lifestyle of local people, I prefer to travel out of the cities and into rural towns to get a taste of local flavor. In the village of Kampong Phluk, locals live in wooden houses built on high stilts along the rivers. Locals learn to operate colorful boats at a young age to adapt to living on floodplains. Taking a boat through the village offers an insight into the hardships and adversity locals face daily.” (more…)

Khmer Monks in Phnom Kulen National Park

Khmer Monks in Phnom Kulen National Park

Phnom Kulen National Park is inhabited by the Khmer Monks, Courtney Esson a British photographer captures their daily lives in the mountain.
© Courtney Esson 2019
A young Khmer Monk cools off in a waterfall in Phnom Kulen National Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia. The moment is captured by British Photographer, Courtney Esson.
© Courtney Esson 2019

Courtney Esson tells us about her travels and observation of the Khmer Monks living in Phnom Kulen National Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia:

“It’s no surprise that some of my most influential images of South East Asia come from the people of Cambodia, a culture of welcoming, open, and humble people. Khmer monks occupy their own social class and are highly respected. They live privately, studying, working, and housing together in pagodas and abide by a monastic way of life. Brightly clad in orange robes, they create a fascinating subject, unmistakable among the country’s’ religious monuments. Within the sacred mountain of Phnom Kulen they join the multitude of tourists and locals come to enjoy nature, but in a secluded corner by a waterfall. The monks cool off in the water away from tourists, social engagement with women, something that requires careful attention, and locals maintain their highly regarded views.

Here I felt as though I had been allowed to witness something wonderfully intimate. The moments of genuine, pure emotion I was able to capture reflected my thoughts of the Khmer people. Despite a history of hardship, there was always an environment of sincerity and warmth that came to define my experience and make Cambodia one of my favorite travel destinations. These images were not taken to shock or impress but reflect an authentic, candid moment of identified and genuine emotion.” (more…)