Travel Photo Thursday: Cambodia and Food

This is week two of Cambodia pictures at A Traveler’s Library. Cambodia was one of my favorite destinations ever. Partly because I had waited so long to go there. Partly because during the 1970′s I thought it would be impossible to ever get there. So when I had a chance in 1999, I was thrilled. We only went to Siem Riep and to several of the temples nearby, plus a drive to the floating village of Tonle Sap, but it was an amazing experience. If you have the chance, GO. And although you’ll think you are going for Angkor Wat, remember that is only one of dozens and dozens of temples. Take my word for it, don’t miss Banteay Srei, the Woman’s Temple–a glowing golden delight (but we’ll see some of that next week.)

This week we are in and around Siem Riep. First the downtown market, which was right next to our hotel, The Ta Phrom. I got up before breakfast and wandered through the market. Other than the gag-inducing meat section, it was a delight. But how much can you identify?

Veggies at market, Siem Riep

Veggies at market, Siem Riep

More veggies at Siem Riep Market

More veggies at Siem Riep Market

 

Coconut seller, market in Siem Riep

Coconut seller, market in Siem Riep

 

Siem Riep Market

Siem Riep Market

Not all markets are on dry land.

Grocery Store at Floating Village on Tonle Sap

Grocery Store at Floating Village on Tonle Sap

When people ask me where I ate the best food in my travels, I always immediately think of an army base in Taiwan where as part of a visiting governmental group I feasted on so many courses that I lost track after the 12th or so.  But I loved the food in Cambodia because it was so fresh, so centered on things that grew just outside the door, and so subtly seasoned.  We were being cautious about not eating fresh fruit and I was devastated when the hotel dining room brought us a complimentary plate of fruit–a heaping platter of tropical fruits, all beautifully sliced.  There was no way to adequately explain to them why I was not eating their terrific gift. But the fish dishes and the fantastic cominations of vegetables.  And our guide told us one night at a restaurant that we should try the elephant feet. Hmmm, we said dubiously. But we believed in eating what the locals ate, so elephant feet it was.  Turns out that was a name for a vegetable dish. Glad we took the chance.

These photos are part of my contribution to Travel Photo Thursday. To see more from other travelers, go to Budget Traveler’s Sandbox. Come back next week for a look at Khmer art.

All of these photos are scans of prints from 1999, so they are not as pristine as later digital shots. But nevertheless, they are mine, and you should not copy them. Thanks.

A freelance writer who loves to travel. When she is not traveling she is reading about travel. When she is not reading or traveling, she is sharing with the readers of A Traveler’s Library, recreating her family’s past at Ancestors In Aprons. She writes frequently for Reel Life With Jane and other websites. Also co-author of a biography, Quincy Tahoma, The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist. Contact Vera Marie by e-mail.

Vera Marie Badertscher – who has written posts on A Traveler's Library.


About Vera Marie Badertscher

A freelance writer who loves to travel. When she is not traveling she is reading about travel. When she is not reading or traveling, she is sharing with the readers of A Traveler's Library, recreating her family's past at Ancestors In Aprons. She writes frequently for Reel Life With Jane and other websites. Also co-author of a biography, Quincy Tahoma, The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist. Contact Vera Marie by e-mail.

15 thoughts on “Travel Photo Thursday: Cambodia and Food

  1. I love markets, however, I’ve never been to a floating one – very unique! I love the pic of the coconut seller too.

  2. Food is probably the other best thing about travel, especially when it’s fresh and done well. Cambodia was not on my list but you’ve made me interested now.

  3. I really enjoyed seeing your beautiful photos of the markets in Cambodia. I sometimes find trying new foods while traveling scary, so good for you for trying the \

  4. Cambodia is definitely on our list. I loved the scan photos too. Film gives photos such a beautiful and timeless feel that is getting lost in digital. And that food sure looks amazing at the market. Markets are my favorite part of travel!

    1. I hope all you folks who are hoping to go to Cambodia will actually get there. Next week I’m going to show some of the art work in the temples, which was what REALLY blew me away.

    1. Sabrina: The entire village was floating. I have some other pictures of houses with little flower gardens on the back, and we saw the jail, the school house, etc. On one floating house (somewhat different than a houseboat, because these look like actual buildings built on a boat) we saw all the neighborhood kids gathered to watch something on TV–probably the only TV in the floating village–with a satellite receiver, of course.

  5. Love the floating market and the sound of all that fresh produce. I think I’d be carrying a pocket knife so I could dig into some of the fresh fruit on my own.

    1. Yeah, we really enjoyed the fresh fruit that we could cut ourselves, but were wary of those that were cut up somewhere else and served to us in pieces.

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