Pub Street

by Tim Rogers September. 30, 2016 2104 views

Siem Reap left me speechless. I worked out I've visited 31 countries, with 4 more to go this year alone. All of them had a wonderful influence on me in some way. But none fed my soul the way my couple of days in Cambodia. 

After two tiring but unforgettable days, it was my last night in Siem Reap. I'd done the temples...although that trite statement definitely underplays how jaw-droppingly, "oh my" inducing they are. I decided it was time to go see the town itself, have some local food and do what I do best; anonymously explore. 


I knew despite a lot of mod cons, Siem Reap is a city in a developing country that was once the scene of a genocide of utter horror. But the stories of the Khmer Rouge and their evil is centred around Pnohm Penh & I will get there one day. Siem Reap has embraced its role as a tourist Mecca. So it was a mixture of modern and local. The centre of the city was positively buzzing. There were traditional style markets mixed with ones selling more modern styles of clothes and souvenirs for the thousands like me. There was traditional food mixed with cuisine to make the traveler feel at home. I ended up in a Khmer Cuisine (it said so outside) eating BBQ crocodile and chicken dish made for a thousand years by the old peasant people. And there was Pub Street. It doesn't need an explanation but it sure was hectic. The mix of old and new some world ramblers might have considered it garish and harsh. Two much light and elements of the west. To me the west used to be my home and although it wasn't true traditional Cambodian culture, it certainly felt different to my homes  in Australia, France and any western country I've visited. I have no other point of reference. The bubbling, noisy, hectic streets of Central Siem Reap are Cambodia 2016 to me.

The night, the vibe, the images seemed to demand a mixture of colour and black and white photos. I still not comfortable with street photography. I think I look like a poorly disguised undercover cop when I pull out my camera. But I had to capture the images of Siem Reap and Pub Street at night. I might have felt a little self conscience taking these snaps but the rest of time, the east and west in Central Siem Reap could have easily been home. 




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Andy Lumb 4 years, 11 months ago

I absolutely loved my time in that part of the world, such a beautiful people, too. Great photos, even if you're not too comfortable with street photography!

4 years, 11 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers Replied to Andy Lumb 4 years, 11 months ago

Any time I saw someone mid 40 or older I couldn't help be amazed. They survived the genocide. I was sitting next to an older gentleman at one point thinking to myself "now this guy is tough"

Thanks for the comments

4 years, 11 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 4 years, 11 months ago

It's almost like being there

4 years, 11 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers Replied to Antonio Gil 4 years, 11 months ago

Amazing place to be. Thanks for your comments

4 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 4 years, 11 months ago

Wow! Exciting series!
The images & your wonderful account are perfectly paired...

4 years, 11 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers Replied to Jay Boggess 4 years, 11 months ago

Thanks mate, need the words and the pics I think 😀

4 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Tim Rogers 4 years, 11 months ago

Nice to have both!
A "twofer", as they say!

4 years, 11 months ago Edited
Ram Ya 4 years, 11 months ago

Couldn't be more right about this "The night, the vibe, the images seemed to demand a mixture of colour and black and white photos."
Loved reading the post and seeing this place through your lens. Thanks, Tim.

4 years, 11 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers Replied to Ram Ya 4 years, 11 months ago

If you get the chance, it's must see! I'm going back to Cambodia and Laos as soon as I can

4 years, 11 months ago Edited
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