Cambodia is in a state of transition, from a rural economy to a modern one based on tourism and manufacturing. Whilst cars are becoming more common-place, as are markets selling imported consumer goods to locals, it is clear how much of life still revolves around traditional agriculture, like rice-growing, and - especially interestingly - transitional technologies like the motorbike. Yet within this fast-changing world, old habits and traditions die hard: carved stone buddhas for newly-built Buddhist temples; leaving shoes at the bottom of the hotel stairs as one would at the ground floor of a traditional stilt house; carting goods around on a bullock cart; serving cane juice pressed in a semi-modern mechanical way.

At the same time, there are some intriguing juxtapositions: a modern-built road bridge across the river adjacent to traditional Chinese floating fishermen's houses; chickens running loose on a tourist beach, and masses of unruly power cables at the road-side of quickly growing cities.

Much of this, one feels, whilst new, won't last and a more 'western' order will begin to impose itself at some point.

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