An Afternoon Stroll Through Phnom Penh (a photo blog by Tyler Palma)

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Today I took an afternoon stroll through downtown Phnom Penh and these are some of the shots I took over the course of just a couple of hours…

Man on his bike
Man on his bike
This man was just as content as could be, joking with his neighbors and relaxing on his motorbike. My favorite shot of the day.

Boy and his mom
Boy and his mom
This boy and his mother were incredibly nice and more than happy to let me take their picture, at least after a few friendly words and a couple of smiles.
Four to a scooter
Four to a scooter
See four (and sometimes 5 or 6) to a scooter never ceases to amaze me! This family couldn’t help but laugh at the simple foreigner taking their picture.
Streetside Haircut
Streetside Haircut
In Phnom Penh things are done just a little bit differently. Here, the local barber is hard at work on a busy street corner. I love it!
Bar on Wheels
Bar on Wheels
Another example of why I love Phnom Penh. These little restaurants and bars and cafes on wheels are everywhere. They motor around the city and set up shop. If you are thirsty in Phnom Penh you never need to look very far.
Friendly Monk
Friendly Monk
This monk was eager to practice his English. Check out the woman in the hammock!
Baby Gangnam Style
Baby Gangnam Style
There’s nothing quite as cute as the children of South East Asia. I would take one home as a souvenir if I could.
Cyclo Driver
Cyclo Driver
Another of my favorite shots from today. Cyclo drivers lead a harder life than most but the vast majority are as friendly as anybody I’ve met anywhere. Including this guy, who ending up wheeling me across down.
Sacred Laundry
Sacred Laundry
Stupas may be sacred but there’s no denying that they make excellent places to hang one’s laundry.
Money to Burn
Money to Burn
This is money to burn (literally). As is so commonly seen in Vietnam, local vendors sell fake money to burn in the belief that it will be delivered to their ancestors in the afterlife.
Streetfood
Streetfood
Some people are understandably squeamish when it comes to street food in South East Asia but this is one of the few places where you get to see the kitchen and can make sure that everything you order is fresh and thoroughly cooked. Also, the street food is almost always delicious! (though even I give the duck fetus a miss!)
Man and his Vegetables
Man and his Vegetables
What could be better to finish up with than this man with his beautifully displayed stall of vegetables. Although given all the motorbike traffic, I think that I’d be pretty sure to give them a thorough wash when I got home!

This blog doesn’t even begin to capture the magic of a real afternoon stroll through Phnom Penh but I hope it gives a glimpse of what great wonders await in the ‘Pearl of Asia’ that is Phnom Penh.

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