Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Cambodian beggars

Poipet beggars
Combodia is not a rich country and full of kids wanting to eat. We have met kid beggars almost in every place where tourists visit. The more tourists - the wealthier the kids. Compare ones from the center of the border town Poipet and from Tonle Sap lake.
Tonle Sap girls
Notice the necklace probably made of gold in the first picture.

Tonle Sap lake
Boy in a basin swimming to a neighbor house, Vietnamise floating village on lake Tonle Sap. Sometimes they take a real python with them and beg for money from tourists.

Poipet local taxi. Guy at the back: To the airport, fast!

Dad riding his kids to school on a motorbike. No helmets found

Interesting thing in Combodia is local currency - Riel, which is not used almost at all. Instead of it you get prices in USD and Thai baht. It became so because of high inflation rate and lots of foreign tourists with US dollars.

Cambodian police
Real Cambodian policeman in Angkor town is selling his badge for 100 Thai baht ($3) and his entire uniform for $100 to tourists. They are allowed to do so because of low salary ($50 per month).

Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat Temple is the largest temple in the world. Lots of tourists, very hot and humid climate makes it hard to enjoy though.

Nobody wants to buy my pants!
Girl selling woman pants for $3. You have to cover your shoulders and knees if you want to enter the top floor of Angkor Wat temple. So they sell us pants.

Market right near the temples of Angkor
10 magnets for $3, pants and drums – this is all you need. Local girls riding a taxi.

Roots of banyan tree destroying the temple in Angkor
But if you remove them the construction will collapse. Some weird symbiosis.

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