The result of a recent visit to lovely Kampot and Kep, Cambodia. Kampot And Kep are both beautiful places to visit. They're a little out of the way and well worth a visit. The ruin in the video is, according to some historians, the oldest standing building in Cambodia. The beach house is a deserted palace build by then King Sihanouk, but never inhabited by him.
Short video of our trip to Cambodia on March 2010.
Shoot with the Canon 5D MKII.
For more info about our trip go to:
Os presentamos la sexta entrega de vídeos de viaje, esta vez desde los magníficos palacios de la resurgida perla de oriente, dejando atrás los horrores de los Jemer rojos para llegar al imponente Angkor Wat, enfrentándonos a las miradas de los rostros de piedra de Bayón, adentrándonos en el corazón de los templos en ruinas devorados por el tiempo y la vegetación, descubriendo los budas y vishnus que permanecen escondidos en las sombras más profundas, hasta llegar a la jungla en busca de los miles de lingas esculpidos en el cauce del río en Kbal Spean.
This is the fourth out of five Episodes about a trip to SouthEast Asia in Fall 2010. Stefan, Clemens and I were travelling in a Landrover through Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia for 2 months.
Watch the trailer here: vimeo.com/22714098
Watch Episode 1 - MALAYSIA here: vimeo.com/29906947
Watch Episode 2 - THAILAND here: vimeo.com/32269712
Watch Episode 3 - LAOS here: vimeo.com/33352753
Watch Episode 5 - THAILAND / REPRISE here: vimeo.com/34895829
Filmed by Vincent Urban & Clemens Krüger
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Tamron SP AF 11-18mm f4.5-5.6
Edited by Vincent Urban
Moonface - "Marimba & Shit-Drums"
Episode 4 Info:
The events are shuffled around in this episode. We first went to Phnom Penh and then visited Kampong Phulk and Angkor Wat, before continuing on to Thailand.
0:01 - Kampong Phulk
This is a village built on the shore of a huge lake surrounded by a magical mangrove area. People live together with their domestic animals in their houses surrounded by water. If they want to visit their neighbors for a drink, they need to use a boat.
1:07 - On The Road
Cambodia is a very poor country and finding someone that spoke English was very rare. However, almost everywhere we went, we instantly got surrounded by people. They didn't really talk to us, but loved watching everything we do.
01:41 - Angkor
The old temples of the Khmer empire. An exeptionally beautiful experience. But because of this, also incredibly popular among tourists from all over the world. We wanted to feature both sides in this clip.
3:31 - Phnom Penh
Cambodias capital isn't exactly a pretty city. Signs of the struggle this country has been going through (and still is) are found everywhere. Our experience there was rather wild, but very interesting.
Chapter II: CAMBODIA
We arrived in Phnom Penh by boat through the Mekong River and we spent about 8 days going up the country till Battambang, via Siem Reap.
Cambodia is fantastic and really varied: we moved from completely uncivilized areas to touristic places full of charm, like the archaeological site of Angkor, structures that leave you totally breathless.
This is 'my' Cambodia.
I was fortunate enough to spend 2 weeks in Cambodia, if you haven't yet been, go. I had an amazing time and would highly recommend visiting.
Shot in HD on a Lumix GH1 with stock lens 14-140mm - (used for about 90% of the shots) and Nikkor 50mm f1.4.
Music by Bonobo - Recurring
For those that are planning to go, here are my top 8 Cambodia travel tips (which are probably not unique to Cambodia):
* The level of English was higher than I expected, but try to learn a few words in Khmer (Cambodian), even if it's only 'hello' and 'thank you', it goes a long way.
* If you intend to buy a Lonely Planet before you come out -don't bother. There are lots of people (usually landmine victims) that sell them, they'll be more grateful that you buy a book from them than Amazon will ever be.
* Even though there is some good stuff in the Lonely Planet, don't live by it, use it as a basic template. Remember that it's only 1-2 people's opinion. Check out sites like TripAdvisor.com and WikiTravel.org also restaurants and cafes will have free guides which are more up to date and written by people that live there.
* Give the 'The Killing Fields' film a miss, it gives little explanation of what happened. Read Survival in The Killing Fields by Ngor Haing it's an amazing but horrific first hand account of what happened in Cambodia.
* Bring small pocket change (pence/cents), you can dish them out to the kid sellers when you're not interested in buying their bracelets or books. Their money is in note form, so they hardly see coins and the kids went nuts for them.
* It is generally safe but it's not unheard of that drive-by bag snatching occurs. Make sure your bag strap is around your torso and the bag in front of you, as opposed to on your shoulder by your side. I happen to witness one a few metres in front of me and the bag was snatched off a girl's shoulder as smooth as silk.
* It does get tiresome and annoying that amputees constantly approach you to sell you postcards and books, but appreciate the fact that they're earning their keep as opposed to the able-bodied beggars here at home.
* Remember to use your eyeballs, appreciate being there in the moment. Break the routine of thinking about composing shots and angles, leave the camera at the hotel for a day. The sad reality is that you'll probably spend more time looking at the scenery on a computer screen than you will with your eyeballs.