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The Cambodian Sunset Ritual


I live about a 5 minute walk from the beach, and about a 20 minute walk from my favourite spot. You would think I would be down there all the time, but as I discovered last year, living and staying on the beach is not exactly the best environment for me to get work done. So now, I usually take once or twice a week to pop down and visit friends, go for a swim, and watch a sunset. 

In the photo, the thick layer of clouds just below the sun blocked it from me being able to see it set completely, but it's still spectacular nonetheless. Normally you would be able to see the outline of the island Koh Rong. The boat is a transportation boat from the beach to one of the 3 main islands, but I'm sure at some point it's been slept in or used for fishing. 

On Saturdays and Sundays, the beach is a busy place to be for foreigners and locals alike. Khmer workers generally have one day off a week, Sundays, and they make the most of it. Setting up big speakers, spots for cooking, coolers full of drinks and beer, and all get together on the open stretch of beach away from the restaurants to cook and eat and dance and swim with all of their clothes on. You'd never see a Khmer woman with a bikini on, that's for sure! While traveling throughout Southeast Asia, out of respect for their culture and modesty, I always wore a one-piece bathing suit with shorts on, and sometimes even a t-shirt over my bathing suit. 

Gathering for the sunset before dinner is a ritual that we all share. On the weekends, it marks the beginning of the night out or the end of a day off resting for the work week to come.

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