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Sunday, August 13, 2006 

Old Market, Siem Reap

A short holiday was in order and the Sanguines packed their bags and headed for Siem Reap, Cambodia. And instead of showing you the over-photographed Angkor temples, I thought of featuring some other sights of this growing city instead. The Old Market (Phsar Chas) was but a short hop from our hotel and the promise of bargains had Mrs Sanguine all excited. I of course tagged along with my trusty Canon.

Dried meats often feature in Khmer cuisine and especially popular are the many different types of dried fish. Trei ngeat can be found in salads and porridge and I found it to be more flavorful than the dried fish used in chinese cooking.

I was quite surprised to find tortoises being sold openly in the market. They are quite popular and considered a delicacy of sorts. Cambodia farms tortoises and exports them worldwide, sometimes illegally. This poor creature seems to be looking for a way out.

Yellow noodles, found in most asian markets.

I always enjoy visiting wet markets when I travel. This one especially reminded me of the times when my grandmother dragged me off to Joo Chiat Market when I was a kid. Grimy floors, dark interior, vegetables laid out all over the floor, flies, blood... it was almost like being a child once again.

More images from our Cambodian trip to come when I get around to editing them. Still in a holiday mood...

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What type of Canon do you have?
I just ordered a PowerShot S3 IS, but it hasn't arrived yet :o(

You have some wonderful photographs!

Thanks for visiting Ken. My main axe is a Canon 1D Mk II. Have fun with your S3 when it finally arrives!

Welcome back !
Always wondering if it is worth going to Angkor (together with 50.000? other tourists each day).

Oh yuck, icky dirty market!!!

sven - the tourists certainly came in hordes, we were out there at 5.30am for the sunrise and so were every other tourist in siem reap at that time.

lmd - you have to look past all that grime and seek out the many photo opportunities to appreciate it more.

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