Photo Gallery: Cambodia Water Festival 2013 Pt 1

The Cambodia Water Festival is a holiday occurring in Cambodia to mark the end of the rainy season. This year it was cancelled by the government due to lack of funds (and possibly, suspiciously, a drive to keep people from political organization). Despite this depressing news, people still had the time off from work and lots of people used it to travel back to their home villages or go on small holiday trips. The latter was true of me. I and four of my Cambodian friends took a trip to the coast. First we stayed in Kampot, visiting Bokor Mountain, which used to be a center for the elite before the Khmer Rouge. Let’s start, however, with some pictures of breakfast in Phnom Penh:

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Our guest house on the Kampot river, “River Lodge”:

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In Kampot I got to see my first Asian elephant outside of a zoo:

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From Epic Arts Cafe, a Kampot-based restaurant empowering people with hearing disabilities:

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The drive to Bokor:

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Playing with composition:

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Trash can made out of tires:

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Grandmother Mao:

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Strange animal statues in front of Mao:

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Beeuf:

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Below is the old French colonial hotel that Sihanouk and other rich Cambodians stayed in. It used to be colored a bright red. The entire place is more like a horror movie than anything else I’ve seen in Cambodia, and might be one of my favorite spaces I’ve visited as well:

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A strange church:

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The storm and the drive back down:

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