Through the following photos, I hope to show how urbanization in some parts of Asia shape the lifestyle of its dwellers, from transportation to cultural preservation.
Rural scenes of Cambodia embrace the lone national highway. There are endless scenes of ricefields, water buffaloes, and small houses with ceramic bird figurines on their roofs. Few villages sit far apart from each other. Aside from the greenery, there are a lot of times that signs of life seem to be nowhere in sight. Greenery sprawls as far as the eyes can see. No buildings and few cars along the road; industrial mess has not yet tainted the pristine environment outside the city of Phnom Penh.
After 3 days in Siem Reap, I thought I’ll be able to breathe again the city air in Phnom Penh, but it turned out that I’m still in for more doses of archeological adventure.
Phnom Penh is not the usual city (at least based on the standards of someone who grew up in it). For a country that uses dollars and imposes less tax on imports resulting to an unbelievable frequency of luxurious 4x4s, such as Lexus, I see along the roads, there are no high-rise buildings (someone told me that the highest probably has 8 floors only; but projects for taller ones are on their way) no McDonalds and Starbucks, no airconditioned malls, and other mediocre signs of capitalism and globalization.