Despite rapid growth in tourism and commercial industry, there are still parts of Cambodia untouched by this development.
Miti Ruangkritya, born in Thailand in 1981, was named among the Selected Winners and Honourable Mentions in the UK’s Magenta Flash Forward – Emerging Photographers awards in 2011 & 2012, and won the Silver Medal at the Prix de la Photographie in 2012.
Siem Reap is one of Cambodia’s fastest-growing cities, filled with bustling hotels, shops and markets. But along its outer edge, away from the tourist attractions and hectic commercial districts, lie natural, dry, unkempt grasslands, still untouched by development.
Scrubland and lakes lie along the sides of Plov Lek 60 Road. At its end, the road abruptly turns into a field. Early each day, local people gather on the road to exercise. As dusk falls, traders set up stalls and impromptu restaurants along its pavement. Local people come out to picnic, date or just enjoy the scenery.
Text and photographs by Miti Ruangkritya
A young couple enjoy a picnic besides Plov Lek 60 Road on the outskirts of Siem Reap.
Every evening, pop-up restaurants appear along the side of the road.
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