The kids of South East Asia

There’s no doubt that kids everywhere are cute, but for some reason the miniature citizens of South East Asia seem to be especially photogenic.   Whether they’re peering inquisitively at the stranger in their midst, playing with their friends at the side of a dusty road or just splashing around happily at bath time in the river, there’s something about them that make me reach for my camera every time.

Here’s a selection of shots of those pint-sized people from my travels through the region.

Roadside stall, Vietnam

This little guy at a roadside stall in Vietnam could not have been any happier about the piece of food that he’d just pinched off the table.  His mother, however, didn’t seem quite so thrilled…

Wrestling girls, Cambodia

These two little girls in Cambodia interrupted their wrestling match on the kitchen floor for just long enough to have their photo taken.  A second later the competition was on again in earnest.

Intrigued kids, Vietnam

Stopping for a beer at this ‘bar’ near Hoi An, these two kids were absolutely fascinated by my mate.  Or possibly the smell of his sandals.  It was kinda hard to tell, but either way they couldn’t keep their eyes off him.

Swimming in the Mekong

En route from Can Tho to Phnom Penh my boat passed this little family on the banks of the Mekong.  Conditions were basic to say the least, but the unbridled joy on these kid’s faces couldn’t help but bring a smile to my face.

Lunch time, Svay Rieng

Lunch time at the shelter I was volunteering at in Cambodia was an important affair, so I didn’t want to interrupt this kid enjoying his lunch.  He spotted me, though – but it didn’t seem to put him off his meal for long…

Hustled on the streets of Saigon

This tiny hustler on the streets of Saigon had all the tricks in the book.  Switching from unbearably cute to having a mouth that would embarrass a sailor in the blink of an eye, there was no way that he was going to let my mate Wes away without buying something from him that night.

Wistful look, Laos

This little girl was just sitting by herself beside my guesthouse in Laos, watching her brothers splash around in the Mekong a few feet below.  There’s something about her expression that just makes my heart melt whenever I see this photo.


Where are the cutest kids that you’ve come across on your travels?

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