This is our final post about our trip to Southeast Asia. Over the first ten posts, we covered all the main events. But there is so much more that we experienced that we needed one final post.

Bat Cave

We went to a bat cave. Not inside the cave, but on the side of a hill near the cave entrance. Every day in the late afternoon these bats wake up and decide to go out for dinner. Where shall we go tonight? Let’s eat French at Maison Chauve Souris. Hundreds of thousands of bats fly out of the cave and into the dusky skies. As we watched we could see patterns emerge. What do you see?

I see The Mark of  Zorro. (photo by Kathryn Dannay)


I’m always fascinated by an interesting face or pair of hands. It is fun trying to capture the essence of a person or their culture through their face and hands. Every once in awhile you get lucky. Over our 18 day trip, we got lucky a few times. One such time, we were walking to a local family-owned brick factory in Battambang, Cambodia, where we bumped into a boy with mud on his face (a big disgrace, thanks Queen) and something in his hand. As we approached we realized he had snakes in his hands (which is nothing like ants in your pants). He had been foraging in a local creek, looking for dinner. He was gracious enough to allow us some photos, for a buck. Then just as we were about to leave, he reached into his pockets and pulled out things as only a boy will do. Forget ants in his pants, he had creek creatures in his pockets.

I’m pretty sure these snakes are not poisonous. (photo by Jeff Dannay)

I think I’m getting a hands fetish. (photo by Jeff Dannay)


On one of our last nights of our trip, we walked through a market in Siem Reap. This is a market mostly devoid of tourists, making for more interesting street photography. After 18 days, we no longer considered ourselves tourists, even though we walked around with big cameras with even bigger lenses. Food is usually the highlight of these markets. Not this time. It was a bunch of trampolines with caged children jumping with joy.

I love the pigtails flopping in the air. (photo by Kathryn Dannay)

Floating Village

Our previous visit to Cambodia was only for a couple of days. We spent those days visiting and photographing as many temples as possible. One place we really wanted to visit was a floating village, but we ran out of time. This visit we made sure we visited Kompong Phluk village, perhaps, the best floating village in Siem Reap. To get there it was a bit of drive followed by a 45 minute boat ride. Most times of the year the village can be accessed via car. But, during the rainy season the road into the village is covered in water, deep enough for boats. There are two things that are must-dos at the village. First, we take a small boat through the floating forest.

Paddling through the forest was a eerie feeling. (photo by Jeff Dannay)

Then, we take a boat down the main street, or is it Main Street? As we traveled down the waterway, storm clouds came in, making the scene surreal. The bigger the threat of storm, the more the children came out to play.

Clouds make the photo, producing very saturated colors. (photo by Jeff Dannay)

No matter how stormy it was, the kids came out to play. (photo by Kathryn Dannay)

Strange Things

We did a lot of driving. We never got behind the wheel, which would be taking our lives in our hands. Instead we were chauffeured around in a mini-van, a tuk-tuk, and a bamboo train by able drivers. There was a lot of time to stare out the window and enjoy our surroundings.  And, boy were they strange.

This cobbled together vehicle seemed to work just fine. (iPhone photo by Jeff Dannay)

These little piggies are on the way to market. They are not coming all the way home. (iPhone photo by Jeff Dannay)

Our Tuk Tuk driver was a real cool dude. (photo by Jeff Dannay)

We ate quite well during our trip. Whenever there was a nice restaurant, we dined there. One place even catered to cameras.

This restaurant caters to cameras, the waiter pulled up a chair for Jeff’s Nikon. (photo by Alessandro Vannucci)

We hope you enjoyed our visit as much as we did. And remember, it’s all about the light.