Cambodia Archive

Remembering the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk, in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.

A King dies, a country mourns

Phnom Penh has been a subdued place for the past five days; a marked change from the noise and bustle that is usually a hallmark of the city. My apartment is a few hundred meters from the Royal Palace, and all roads …
Part of the ruins of an ancient building atop Phnom Chiso, with a view of flat plains of rice paddies below.

A temple in Cambodia: Phnom Chiso

Cambodia is best known for Angkor Wat, the vast temple built in the first half of the 12th century by King Suryavarman II to honor the Hindu goddess Vishnu (and, more than incidentally, himself too.) Angkor Wat, though, is by no means …
Sleeping in a cart used for collecting recyclables (probably not just a nap; many collectors do most of their work at night.)

Phnom Penh’s informal recyclers

Some of Phnom Penh’s poorest residents make a living pushing their carts around the city’s streets, gathering soda cans, plastic bottles, and anything else they can sell for recycling. This short video shows some of these hard-working people going about their daily …