Lately I had the chance to travel to Cambodia and I spent ten days in the capital city Phnom Penh. Cambodia is a poor country with a very difficult past and its economy is struggling. I saw people living in the streets on the most basic level that I have ever seen on all my trips. One thing that I noticed that there a barber shops everywhere in the city and no matter how little money these people living in the streets have – you will hardly find anyone who doesn't have a decent haircut.


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Another thing that I noticed and that partly explains why I feel so comfortable in this country: when these barbers have their time off they can just leave their stuff behind and nobody will be stealing anything – even though people are so poor. It seems they have a great sense of community.

I’ll be going back to Cambodia soon and I think this time I’ll switch to the active side of things and get myself a haircut in the streets of Phnom Penh.

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William Dreyer 9 months ago

He can even do the classic helmet cut, totally prepared.

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PurpleUnicorn 9 months ago

I have a picture very like this of my husband having a haircut in Vietnam.

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Full Name 9 months ago

Wooden box covered in vinyl flooring (or probably old enough to be linoleum). Who else is feeling like a baller right now?

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Cristiana Foster 9 months ago

I lived in Cambodia for 3 years. 10 years have passed since I left that country and nothing seems to have changed. I love your pictures...

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Rosa Kim 9 months ago

I actually kinda enjoy the fact that they get to work outside although it would be hell during winter

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Janina Prado 9 months ago

this is really pretty.

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Janina Prado 9 months ago

I love the chair. I've never seen that type of design before.

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Janina Prado 9 months ago

I'm curious if this gentleman made his table. if so - right on.

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Janina Prado 9 months ago

this is super cute and very colorful.

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Nikki D 9 months ago

Wow, their mirrors are always so clean! Puts mine to shame.

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Dr. Pink Unicorn 9 months ago

The reflection caught in the mirror is beautiful

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Sara Kate MacFarland 9 months ago

Poignant.

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