Travel Photo Contest – Ray Chong
It all started off innocently with the purchase of a travel magazine; my weakness is the-path-less-traveled feature, particularly if it involves a coastal destination. One thing led to another and two months after that fateful day, I found myself in Sihanoukville (Cambodia), on the Gulf of Thailand. I made this image at the Ream National Park, on the outskirts of Sihanoukville. At the time that the area was designated a national park (some 17 years ago), several hundred fisher families called the river and estuary home. Today, a sturdy few remain, surviving on whatever the sea and land provide. In a country barely starting to recover from the devastation of the Khmer Rouge, life is, needless to say, a struggle. Yet wherever we went, this was typical of the kind of welcome that we received.