Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Photo Essay: Cute Kids in Laos and Cambodia


One of the joys of traveling Southeast Asia is the children.

In Laos and Cambodia, however, they were very special.  Little kids would run up to me and give me high fives.  Older kids would shyly come over to practice their English.  Whenever I rode my on a motorbike, kids of all ages would wave and yell greetings — it made me feel like a celebrity!

Here are some of my favorite photos of these adorable kids.

This little boy was running around Jaidee’s Bar in Vang Vieng — and spraying people with Windex!

This jungle baby, who now graces the back of my business cards, hung out in a tree at Angkor Wat.


These boys were mischievous, running around in the streets of Pakse, Laos.

One of my favorite things about Kampot, Cambodia, was that everyone was so friendly — especially the kids.  They saw me taking pictures of the river down the street and began jumping around and motioning for me to take their picture!

These little boys on the Bolaven Plateau of Laos gave me a tour of a waterfall.  Or half a tour, once I realized that I would have to hop across tiny rocks in a stream in order to get to the other side!  I couldn’t balance nearly as well as them.

A baby and a puppy…could you ask for any more cuteness?  This was in Don Det, Laos.

This little girl, whom I met at the party in the countryside outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia, quickly mastered the art of self-portraiture!

You may have come to Southeast Asia because of the beaches, or because of the culture, or because they’re two of the cheapest countries on the planet…but the kids will capture your heart.

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12 Responses to “Photo Essay: Cute Kids in Laos and Cambodia”
  1. Matthieu says:

    love Pakse!!
    can’t wait to go back to Asia in October… first time in Cambodia with our 2 year old, pretty sure she’ll have tons of little friends there!
    thanks for sharing your pics, they’re just too cute.

  2. Sabina says:

    I thought there were very cute kids in Cambodia too. Didn’t you love the way they would always say “hello” in their sing-songy voices?! And that second photo, of the girl hanging on the tree, is amazing!

  3. these are great pics, can’t help but smile too when I see these kids. Nomadic Samuel has a great series on smiling kids, you ought to check it out.

  4. You weren’t kidding. Cute kids for sure.
    I see a majority of peace signs… personally this is my go-to, however recently the thumbs-up has caught my fancy and i’m looking to start a movement. Just food for thought.

  5. Amanda says:

    Adorable. As we say in the newspaper industry, you can NEVER go wrong with a photo of a cute kid. And these ones certainly are cute!

  6. Children have always been the best thing to shoot! Great pics 😉

  7. Its funny how kids can look so cute in photos but you know that are the ones causing so much trouble. The first photo just looks like trouble waiting to happen! Kids oh how I missed those days no work just fun and friends.

  8. Bettina says:

    Oh my gosh I know the last girl! Her name is Nini and her family run Happy 11 backpackers in Phnom Penh! Haha! Small world! 🙂
    The baby and the puppy photo is ridiculously cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

  9. Great post, Kate. I loved both Laos and Cambodia. In Cambodia I spent some time at New Hope in Siem Reap and Friends in Phnom Penh. The kids here were just amazing. Such cute faces full of mischief and intrigue. Such a special place!
    The only place to rival Cambodia and Laos for this was Fiji. Have you been? If not, i’d recommend Waya Island.

    Love your blog and look forward to keeping busy reading your posts.

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