The Roads And Waters Less Travelled: Highlights of Cambodia

My experience in Cambodia was incredibly meaningful. In three words Cambodia people are: compassionate, smiling, generous. Of course, not all people I could describe in this way, but my impression was that the people had sincerity in their heart when I arrived.

It was such a humbling experience to be able to interact with different people along my journey.

I had the chance to visit 6 provinces in 3 weeks and see many different aspects of history, landscape, and culture. I traveled almost entirely by local transportation, which was challenging but I learned a lot from this experience!

Here are my top moments of the journey:

1. Smiling Cambodian Faces

Language persists as a barrier, but sometimes a smile is enough to communicate a feeling.

2. Floating Village in Tonle Sap Lake of Kampong Chhnang Province

It was my first time to experience an entire village supported on the water. The school, health clinic, markets... were all on rafts. The homes were a combination of a home and a boat. It was a fascinating experience to observe such a different way of life.

Sunset at the floating village
Grandmother and son return home at the floating village

3. Landscape of Ratanakiri Province

Both the biodiversity and natural resources are under threat in Cambodia. In a project post, I shared about the threat of climate change and how Cambodia is considered one of the most vulnerable countries to rapidly changing environments. With this in mind, I felt even more grateful to witness a vast space of wilderness in Ratanakiri Province located in the north-east of the country bordering Laos and Vietnam. There are also many different ethnic groups living in the province, most dwelling in the jungle and on the hills in separate villages.

Sunset in Ratanakiri Province
Ratanakiri village

Visiting EU-supported projects gave me a chance to meet with local people and understand the different ways that the projects help to create a better future for individual, families, and communities. Over the course of the next week, I will share more stories about the people I met during the project visits.

Stay tuned! And as always, thank you for reading.

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