Melbourne wood machinist Darryl Soutaris went to Cambodia for the first time in late September and became caught up in the worst floods to hit the country in more than a decade.
Nearly 250 people have been killed in the past two months of flooding in Cambodia, while rising floodwaters are also wreaking havoc on neighbouring Thailand.
Here Darryl shares his photos from Siem Reap in Cambodia's north and tells ABC News Online about what he saw.
When we got there, it rained for two to three days straight and then the water level slowly rose throughout the city - it was about three feet deep all over the town. Most of the businesses and the market were completely flooded.
I got a bit nervous because I've never been in a flood before but the people just seemed so relaxed and comfortable, and they were all still smiling - it made me feel that there was not a lot to worry about, it was very comforting.
The people seemed to be coping with it pretty well. They seem to take it a bit more in their stride. They just get on with it really. There were kids swimming in the street. I think they get limited flooding most years, but obviously this year is a lot worse.
It has such a rich history. You can see a lot of effects of Pol Pot and the genocide, they're still pulling out landmines. When you're walking around the streets, you hardly see people over the age of 40. It's surreal to walk around and not see many elderly or middle-aged people, mostly children.
The guy in the wheelchair was just wheeling up the street and I asked him if he needed help - it's not often you see a guy with no legs in a wheelchair in knee-deep water. He said he was fine and then talked to us for half-an-hour and then just wheeled off up the street. He didn't seem too concerned about the flooding - he was getting around fine. He seemed like he had no problems at all, just dealing with it.
Then later that night we ran into him again in the street outside our hotel. He was playing with his son - they were splashing each other with water. He introduced me to his son, which was really nice. A surreal experience and an image that will remain with me for the rest of my life.
The hotel we stayed at had a resort across the road as well. Because it's low tourist season, they were not entirely full. So the manager moved all of the people out of the hotel into the resort and then he let all the staff bring their family into the hotel because a lot of them lived in parts of the city were the flooding was worse. I thought it was really good the manager did that.
People have a different mindset, not just in Cambodia, but in developing countries. They just get on with it more and they are more used to hardship. They are happy as long as their family is fit and healthy and they've got food. If anything else happens, they don't make a big deal out of it. Whereas in Australia, everyone would be worried about water in the car and on their carpet and ruining their shoes. People just worry about trivial things in comparison - crap more or less.
I'd love to go back to Cambodia - just not in monsoon season.http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-14/floo...ictures/3571430