Cambodia: Part Nine

Happy New Year!

(Belated) New Year wishes from Cambodia! This post will be very light on text, because I am absolutely knackered after a solid two weeks of travelling through very varied climates. In fact, I still can’t remember how to sleep for more than 30 minutes at a time…

Koh Kong

Koh Kong Bridge by night. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 61.2 s, f/4, ISO 200.
Koh Kong Bridge by night. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 61.2 s, f/4, ISO 200.
A fishing boat in dock. Note the very sturdy and well constructed jetty. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/500 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.
A fishing boat in dock. Note the very sturdy and well constructed jetty. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/500 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.

Koh Kong is a coastal town on the Thai border. There are a few islands around the city, though only two (from what I recall) are accessible by road.

The waterfront at night. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 8.7 s, f/2, ISO 200.
The waterfront at night. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 8.7 s, f/2, ISO 200.
Fishing vessels near the waterfront market area at Koh Kong. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/400 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.
Fishing vessels near the waterfront market area at Koh Kong. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/400 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.
Heading away in a hurry after doing business at the waterfront market in the morning. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/40 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.
Heading away in a hurry after doing business at the waterfront market in the morning. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/40 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.

The major attraction of Koh Kong is the mangrove swamp, which is maintained as an eco-tourism site by the locals. Boat trips are available through the mangroves, taking in an old village on the water, and also offering views of the Gulf of Thailand from a small island.

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Cleaning fresh squid in the water near the jetty. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/125 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.
The old village in the mangroves, near the Gulf of Thailand. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/1000 s, f/8, ISO 200.
The old village in the mangroves, near the Gulf of Thailand. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/1000 s, f/8, ISO 200.
The Gulf of Thailand, from a small island at the end of the mangroves. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/640 s, f/8, ISO 200.
The Gulf of Thailand, from a small island at the end of the mangroves. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/640 s, f/8, ISO 200.
Boat station in the mangroves, Koh Kong. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/60 s, f/4, ISO 200.
Boat station in the mangroves, Koh Kong. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/60 s, f/4, ISO 200.

The islands off the mainland are bustling with life, containing many small villages, markets and fishing ports.

Market on an island in Koh Kong. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/100 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.
Market on an island in Koh Kong. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/100 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.
Market on an island in Koh Kong. Olympus PEn Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/5 s, f/2.8, ISO 200.
Market on an island in Koh Kong. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/5 s, f/2.8, ISO 200.
Looking under the palm trees to a spit in Thailand. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 60 mm Macro. 1/500 s, f/8, ISO 200.
Looking under the palm trees to a spit in Thailand. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 60 mm Macro. 1/500 s, f/8, ISO 200.
Fishing boats off an island in Koh Kong. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with olympus 60 mm Macro. 1/2500 s, f/2.8, ISO 200.
Fishing boats off an island in Koh Kong. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with olympus 60 mm Macro. 1/2500 s, f/2.8, ISO 200.
A floating village on an island in Koh Kong. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 60 mm Macro. 1/800 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.
A floating village on an island in Koh Kong. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 60 mm Macro. 1/800 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.
Under the palm trees by the (seemingly defunct) Koh Kong Safari Park. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 60 mm Macro. 1/125 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.
Under the palm trees by the (seemingly defunct) Koh Kong Safari Park. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 60 mm Macro. 1/125 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.
Fire ants on a palm tree. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 60 mm Macro. 1/640 s, f/2.8, ISO 1600.
Fire ants on a palm tree. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 60 mm Macro. 1/640 s, f/2.8, ISO 1600.

“Cambodian Butlins”

This is not Cambodian Butlins. This is a rest stop on the road between phnom Penh and Koh Kong. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/3200 s, f/4, ISO 200.
This is not Cambodian Butlins. This is a rest stop on the road between phnom Penh and Koh Kong. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/3200 s, f/4, ISO 200.

In a moment of moronic brilliance, I forgot to write down the name of this place when I visited. Hence, it shall be known as “Cambodian Butlins” for the purposes of this post (or until I can find its actual name). Considering access is by one of two rather rough dirt roads, it was an immensely popular holiday destination for Cambodians. Incredibly hot, though.

Eateries at Cambodian Butlins. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/200 s, f/8, ISO 200.
Eateries at Cambodian Butlins. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/200 s, f/8, ISO 200.
A man cooling off in the middle of the stream at Cambodian Butlins. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/125 s, f/8, ISO 200.
A man cooling off in the middle of the stream at Cambodian Butlins. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/125 s, f/8, ISO 200.
The larger swimming area at Cambodian Butlins. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/640 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.
The larger swimming area at Cambodian Butlins. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/640 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.
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