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These Heart-Warming Pictures Of Children From Cambodia Will Make You Smile!

When in Phnom Penh our guide asked what we would like to see. Rather than choose the usual temples or local markets we asked to see the ‘Real People’ of Cambodia (people who are not involved in the tourism industry in any way). We expected rice field workers or farmers and were therefore slightly surprised when our tuk-tuk pulled up at the local slums. In a matter of minutes, we had children flocking around us and adults inviting us into their homes as if we were long lost friends.

These people have no material items, no money and little food yet not a single person asked us for money. All they wanted was to have a new friend and to have someone take an interest in them. The children knew a little English and loved to practice what they had learned (I think I was asked my name, age and where I am from about 200 times!). We found that the best method of communication was via the camera – we would take their photo and show them on the screen (typically ending up in fits of laughter). We would then let them take our picture and laugh at how they managed to chop our heads off in each shot.

These photos are just a few taken from the day, and it was never our intention to use the children as photographic subjects. The photos are purely just a memento of the most under-privileged yet happiest children we could ever wish to meet.

These Heart-Warming Pictures Of Children From Cambodia Will Make You Smile!

These Heart-Warming Pictures Of Children From Cambodia Will Make You Smile!

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We travel to a country and most often end up visiting the famous tourist spots.

We travel to a country and most often end up visiting the famous tourist spots.

I wanted to see some real people when I traveled to Cambodia.

I wanted to see some real people when I traveled to Cambodia.

Rather than going to the local markets or famous temples, I asked my guide to take me to a place where I can meet real people of Cambodia.

Rather than going to the local markets or famous temples, I asked my guide to take me to a place where I can meet real people of Cambodia.

He took us to the local slums.

He took us to the local slums.

They had no food or money.

They had no food or money.

They just smiled and wanted us to be friends with them.

They just smiled and wanted us to be friends with them.

They knew a bit of English and tried to speak in bits and pieces.

They knew a bit of English and tried to speak in bits and pieces.

They are some of the most humble people, I have ever met!

They are some of the most humble people, I have ever met!

Interacting with them was indeed an experience of a lifetime!

Interacting with them was indeed an experience of a lifetime!

A lady peeked over to see who is there.

A lady peeked over to see who is there.

They are the happiest people on earth!

They are the happiest people on earth!

Even if they don't have enough money in their pockets, smiles don't leave their faces.

Even if they don't have enough money in their pockets, smiles don't leave their faces.

They live as a family and never complain.

They live as a family and never complain.

Their innocence will win your heart!

Their innocence will win your heart!

Kids are the most precious gifts.

Kids are the most precious gifts.

Exploring the streets of Cambodia.

Exploring the streets of Cambodia.

Just look at this cute and pretty girl!

Just look at this cute and pretty girl!

I think eyes can say a lot!

I think eyes can say a lot!

They posed happily for pictures.

They posed happily for pictures.

And smiled through each one of them!

And smiled through each one of them!

Heart-Touching!

Heart-Touching!

All the children we met were sweet and friendly.

All the children we met were sweet and friendly.

Go Carefree!

Go Carefree!

They live with so many hopes in their eyes.

They live with so many hopes in their eyes.

They want to rise up in the sky!

They want to rise up in the sky!

Every child is special.

Every child is special.

I loved each and every moment of my trip and will never forget the children I met.

I loved each and every moment of my trip and will never forget the children I met.

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