Something inside me changes every time I travel. A new experience makes me appreciate life’s beauty and I feel so lucky given the chance to experience a new culture. The curiosity in me is satisfied when I learn about the history of the place and how the people coped up with the challenges thrown their way. We may come from different countries, different religions, different beliefs and cultures but we are all the same in a way – trying to find that one thing that makes our world a better place.
It was my first time to visit Cambodia and the tour guide on the boat suggested to watch the sunset on the floating restaurant at the floating village. I, together with the other tourists, waited for the sunset on the viewing deck while sipping beer. I was surprise at how big the sun looks on the sky. I was even more surprise when the huge sun was setting in the middle of the sky! Whoa! Talk about surprises! 🙂
This photo was taken by my sister at the Angkor Wat.
It took a heartbreak to rediscover my love for traveling. From traveling, I rekindled my interest for photography. From photography, I was inspired to blog. My blog is where I share my travel adventures, new experiences and collection of photographs. What better way to share your traveling experience than with photographs?
I have discovered a lot of things about myself while doing photography and traveling. I become open to other cultures and it totally changed my view of life. I also became a wise spender by buying only the things I need and saving the rest of my money for future travel plans. My love for photography and traveling has inspired me to follow my dream of living and working abroad. I am currently immersed in a new culture and I am loving every single bit of it. Life is an adventure so enjoy the journey. It makes the ride worthwhile. 🙂
People visit Siem Reap mainly to see the Angkor Wat. If you have a few hours to spare, tour guides will suggest you visit the Floating Village. It is located on the Tonlé Sap Lake which is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and is a major part of Cambodia’s water system.
The port where you can ride a boat going to the Floating Village.
After a 30 minute drive, you will reach the port area where you can pay for your ticket ($20) and board a boat (with a tour guide) going to the Floating Village. Everything floats on the village (well, that’s where they get the name :D). People use boats to move around. Well, some kids use a basin!
Floating Village: Children use the basin as an alternative to go around the village.
Floating Village: A Vietnamese mother and child trying to catch the attention of tourists.
The tour around the village takes about an hour or two and you get to observe how the people live around the area. Some residents would go near the boat with tourists and ask for a dollar. Some would bring their kids (for added drama) and some with a snake. You can have your picture taken with the snake and pay them a dollar.
Another sunset shot taken at the floating village
If you get the chance to visit the village in the afternoon, be patient and wait for the sunset because it looks beautiful
I was wandering around the city of Phnom Penh early in the morning. I was trying to squeeze in a bit of an exploration before heading to Siem Reap. The tuktuk driver went around some of the famous spots of the city. I asked the tuktuk to stop by the bay and took this photo of the sunrise. The decorative lamp post looks mysterious with the glowing sun shining behind it.
This picture was taken way back in 2010 at one of the temples in Phnom Penh. I was walking inside wandering aimlessly and looking for something interesting to capture. I noticed that one monk was curiously standing by the door and looking at me wandering around. I took some pictures of the statues outside and the monk looked at me again through the window.
I love bus rides. But what makes me sad is knowing that I am riding on the bus and I am missing a beautiful sunset. I was on a bus traveling from Saigon to Phnom Penh when I saw the sun setting and I could see it! I got excited and I waited for the right moment to capture the colors. At one point I was worried because I couldn’t see the sun anymore. Thankfully, there was a curve on the road and it gave me the vantage point to take this picture. The color seems so soft and gives a dramatic effect. Thanks to the bus window tint that served as my filter (hehe).