Friday Fix: a sobering walk down the river in Siem Reap. 

This is the seventh edition of my bi-weekly series, Friday Fix, a quick burst of inspiration to spur you (and me) on through our final day in the office. The idea of these photos is to give you a glimpse of some of the most incredible places I've ever found in a format you can digest in a coffee break, but maybe this one is more a dose of reality than wonder... 

Stilt houses, Siem Reap, Cambdia, South East Asia.

 

Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor temples, is a busy little town increasingly filled with tourists. To get a more realistic idea of life in Cambodia, simply wander down the river.

 

Precariously built stilt houses stand in the river providing homes for those too poor to afford more solid accommodation near the centre. Old ladies cook in pots over open fires and scratty chicks peck into the mud. I watched children playing and fishing in the same river where women were washing their clothes and I can only imagine what a lack of plumbing meant for the water quality.

 

Fishing and stilt houses, Siem Reap, river, Cambodia, Asia

 

If you hop between tourist spots it's relatively easy to forget Cambodia's problems, but I felt like the Khmer regime had left a scar on these people and wondered if they could ever fully recover. 

 

Siem Reap, river, Cambodia, Asia

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