One of my all-time favorite merchants is a man named Mr. Bunnarith, who runs a tiny iced coffee stall (“Best Iced Coffee in Phnom Penh”) in Phnom Penh’s Russian Market. Back in 2010, while I was living in Cambodia, I photographed him and presented him with a laminated image, which has been dangling from his shop ever since (Photo 1, in Mr. Bunnarith’s right hand). During a 2017 visit, I photographed him again and included a testimonial on the back of the printed/laminated photo (Photos 1 and 2). This morning, I received an unsolicited note from a tourist living in Bangkok about her experience at the stall (Photo 3). I receive emails like that 2-3 times per year and they light me up.
If you’re reading this and have any plans to travel to PP, add Mr. Bumnarith’s iced coffee — which remains the best iced coffee I have ever had — to your list. And, tell him I say hello.