The coastal region of Kampot is sparsely populated and the warm sea waters of the Gulf of Thailand is pure and unpolluted. Here rural Cambodians eke out a living out of fishing or subsistance farming.
Cambodians are warm friendly people who like to smile and, unlike the Vietnamese, they love to pose for the camera. I stopped to take a couple of photo's of a Cambodian family and their miserable children. I peeked inside of what looked like a storeroom. In fact, it was a storeroom - a huge salt store.
I love salt. I've never had a meal with too much salt. I've cooked a few where the people could not eat it because there was too much salt.
Then they offered my some big white crystals from a bag. A little more salty with a wee bit of an aftertaste. And they kept repeating - 'proy, proy'. The next day I returned with presents for my newly adopted Khmer family and in return got a few bags of this wonderful salt. Had to pay a couple of dollars though. I was also lucky to find them harvesting salt so I could take a few pics. Salt is very photogenic and I took photos until I ran out of battery power.