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Story: Arriving in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, a rush of colour immediately flashes before your eyes. Whole families balance steadily on motorcycles, weaving through the traffic. Monks wander past, their vibrant orange clothes illuminated in the strong summer sun, while another claims a moment of tranquillity on the bank of the Mekong River.

Moving to the north of the country, we reach Cambodia’s most popular tourist destination, Siam Reap. People huddle around a still lake as the deep-blue sky begins to pale and the looming figure of Angkor Wat is revealed. As the sun rises, the extent of these ruins can truly be seen, set within a forest, tree trunks entangled with their stone bricks.

Not far from Angkor Wat lies Southeast Asia’s largest Lake, Tonlé Sap. Its waters are populated with life; multicoloured villages standing on stilts poke out of the water housing schools, homes and crocodile houses.

Drifting along the country’s bumpy roads to its southern edge, we reach the tranquil town of Kep. Sitting on the coastline, water is a fundamental part of life here. From the seafood market, farmers can be seen dragging in cages of freshly caught crab. As the day draws to a close, the sea and sky simultaneously turn a luminescent pink, and the silhouettes of children playing stand in dark contrast to the horizon.

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