We arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia on May 26, after a hair-raising minivan journey from the Thai island of Koh Chang. Almost as soon as you cross the border, visitors can note the change in surroundings. Cambodia is markedly different from Thailand, and seems to still be suffering economically and psychologically after the US bombardment and ensuing Khmer Rouge regime of destruction. The Cambodian people we engaged with were warm, gentle and very welcoming.
We got a three day pass to the World Heritage Angkor Temple complex and arranged for our tuk tuk driver, Sky, to meet us each morning. At our home-stay hostel we met Kite and D.O.G., both local tuk tuk drivers saving their money in order to get married, and Roberta ("Robbie"), an Italian teaching English on the outskirts of Bangkok. We spent the next few days revelling in the awe of being amongst ancient civilisations' temples, filming, listening to Estère and Jordan Rakei's re-mixed track, and spending our evenings with our new friends. On one day, we took a break from the Angkor complex and ventured an hour's drive away to Kbal Spean where we experienced living history, with people paying divine tribute at river bedrock carvings created thousands of years ago. We swam underneath towering waterfalls, had takeaway Cambodian BBQ (including chicken feet - a first for us), and went out dancing at the legendary 'Pub Street'. Here are some of our photographs from our time filming for AIRBORNE \\ in Siem Reap before we journeyed on to Phnom Pehn.
FOR AIRBORNE \\ we had asked all of our artists to provide a key word and/or colours that represented their track for us to consider when filming. Estere gave us the word "Flicker" and the colours gold and maroon. Click the AIRBORNE \\ image for our music video postcard from Cambodia.
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