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Here is a selection of second takes from the Water Festival, the crumbs that don’t fit.

The complete set with all the better photographs was uploaded on my wbsite at THIS LINK.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Longboats gathering for their last race on the final day of the three-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Longboats gathering for their last race on the final day of the three-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 03/11/2014: Villagers letting a longboat which will particiapate at races during the first Water Festival in Phnom Penh since 2010 to water.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 03/11/2014: Villagers letting a longboat which will particiapate at races during the first Water Festival in Phnom Penh since 2010 to water.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 03/11/2014: Religious opening ceremony at the riverside pagoda for the first Water Festival held in Phnom Penh since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 03/11/2014: Religious opening ceremony at the riverside pagoda for the first Water Festival held in Phnom Penh since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/11/2014: Contestants waiting to receive presents from their sponsor on the eve of the 3-day long Water Festival, held for the first time since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/11/2014: Contestants waiting to receive presents from their sponsor on the eve of the 3-day long Water Festival, held for the first time since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/11/2014: Contestants carrying the gifts their team received from their sponsor on the eve of the 3-day long Water Festival, held for the first time since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/11/2014: Contestants carrying the gifts their team received from their sponsor on the eve of the 3-day long Water Festival, held for the first time since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/11/2014: Carrying the cauldrons to prepare the meals of the contestants on the eve of the 3-day long Water Festival, held for the first time since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/11/2014: Carrying the cauldrons to prepare the meals of the contestants on the eve of the 3-day long Water Festival, held for the first time since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/11/2014: Contestants on the eve of the 3-day long Water Festival, held for the first time since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/11/2014: Contestants on the eve of the 3-day long Water Festival, held for the first time since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Distribution of 'khrama' donated by the sponsor of a longboat rower's team competing on the first of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Distribution of 'khrama' donated by the sponsor of a longboat rower's team competing on the first of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Longboat rower's team dancing and chanting before competing on the first of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Longboat rower's team dancing and chanting before competing on the first of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Drums accompanying competitors for the longboat races on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Drums accompanying competitors for the longboat races on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Brahman priests from the Royal Palace on their way for the religious ceremony on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Brahman priests from the Royal Palace on their way for the religious ceremony on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Rowers taking part in the longboat races on the second day of the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Rowers taking part in the longboat races on the second day of the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Commercial fair on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Commercial fair on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Commercial fair on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Commercial fair on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Promoting a chocolate drink at the commercial fair on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Promoting a chocolate drink at the commercial fair on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Tired longboat rower on the third and last day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Tired longboat rower on the third and last day of the Water Festival.

So the Cambodian countryside finally made it to Sisowath Quay to attend the longboat races on the Tonle Sap for this 2014 edition of the Water Festival. Attendance was definitely higher than previous days although it didn’t reach the one from 2010. And certainly not the attendance of 1991 (see the last photograph of this set).

More photographs from the 1991 Water Festival HERE.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Longboats gathering for their last race on the final day of the three-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Longboats gathering for their last race on the final day of the three-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Longboats gathering for their last race on the final day of the three-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Longboats gathering for their last race on the final day of the three-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Rowers taking part in the longboat races enjoying corn on the cob during a break on the final day of the three-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Rowers taking part in the longboat races enjoying corn on the cob during a break on the final day of the three-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Styrofoam pollution in the Tonle sap on the final day of the three-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Styrofoam pollution in the Tonle sap on the final day of the three-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Longboats gathering for their last race on the final day of the three-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Longboats gathering for their last race on the final day of the three-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Longboats gathering for their last race on the final day of the three-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Longboats gathering for their last race on the final day of the three-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Public attending the longboat races on the final day of the three-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Public attending the longboat races on the final day of the three-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 20/11/1991: A crowd watches the first Water Festival boat races on the Tonle Sap River to be held after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 20/11/1991: A crowd watches the first Water Festival boat races on the Tonle Sap River to be held after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Last day of the Water Festival. Grey skies in the morning. There was heavy rain during the night. The longboat races continue.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Kid watching the longboat races on the Tonle Sap on the third and last day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Kid watching the longboat races on the Tonle Sap on the third and last day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Distribution of caps offered by a sponsor to the rowers of a longboat competing in the races on the third and last day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Distribution of caps offered by a sponsor to the rowers of a longboat competing in the races on the third and last day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Longboat taking part in the races on the Tonle Sap on the third and last day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Longboat taking part in the races on the Tonle Sap on the third and last day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Rowers boarding a longboat taking part in the races on the Tonle Sap on the third and last day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Rowers boarding a longboat taking part in the races on the Tonle Sap on the third and last day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Rowers boarding a longboat taking part in the races on the Tonle Sap on the third and last day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Rowers boarding a longboat taking part in the races on the Tonle Sap on the third and last day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Rowers boarding a longboat taking part in the races on the Tonle Sap on the third and last day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Rowers boarding a longboat taking part in the races on the Tonle Sap on the third and last day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Longboat taking part in the races on the Tonle Sap on the third and last day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 7/11/2014: Longboat taking part in the races on the Tonle Sap on the third and last day of the Water Festival.

Water Festival is not only about racing, about religion, about the Tonle Sap reversing its course at the end of the rainy season, about fertility. It is also about business… About selling stuff, from hair gel, to motorcycle tyres, soft drinks, SIM cards, undrinkable alcoholic beverages, fried bugs or straw hats…

It is also about seeing the illuminated barges float by on the river (could be a dream if it wasn’t for the sound of the diesel engines), about strolling on Sisowath Quay with the family, about running for cover for a sudden downpour and missing the fireworks.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Promoting a chocolate drink at the commercial fair on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Promoting a chocolate drink at the commercial fair on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Promoting an insect spray on one side and beef soup on the other side of an alley at the commercial fair on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Promoting an insect spray on one side and beef soup on the other side of an alley at the commercial fair on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Child resting on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Child resting on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Selling hair gel at the commercial fair on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Selling hair gel at the commercial fair on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Promoting a soft drink at the commercial fair on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Promoting a soft drink at the commercial fair on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Promoting a chocolate drink at the commercial fair on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Promoting a chocolate drink at the commercial fair on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Resting between the legs of a sculpted elephant on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Resting between the legs of a sculpted elephant on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Rowers from a longboat getting their 10,000 Riel ($US 2,5) after their race on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Rowers from a longboat getting their 10,000 Riel ($US 2,5) after their race on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: People taking a souvenir photograph in front of a display honouring the 10th anniversary of King Sihamoni's crowning on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: People taking a souvenir photograph in front of a display honouring the 10th anniversary of King Sihamoni's crowning on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: People taking a souvenir photograph in front of a display honouring the 10th anniversary of King Sihamoni's crowning on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: People taking a souvenir photograph in front of a display honouring the 10th anniversary of King Sihamoni's crowning on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: People taking a selfie in front of a display honouring the 10th anniversary of King Sihamoni's crowning on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: People taking a selfie in front of a display honouring the 10th anniversary of King Sihamoni's crowning on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: People watching the illuminated barges float by on the Tonle Sap on the second day of the Water Festival.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: People watching the illuminated barges float by on the Tonle Sap on the second day of the Water Festival.

A little over 200 longboats instead of more than 400 in 2010. A much smaller crowd compared to 4 years ago. Are the spirits of the nearly 350 people killed during a stampede on a bridge to Koh Pich during the 2010 edition of the Water Festival hovering around?

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Street children sleeping on a publicity banner in the morning of the second day of the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Street children sleeping on a publicity banner in the morning of the second day of the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Second day of the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Second day of the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Rowers taking part in the longboat races on the second day of the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Rowers taking part in the longboat races on the second day of the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Brooms of a team in charge of cleaning the streets on the second day of the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Brooms of a team in charge of cleaning the streets on the second day of the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Christians proselytising with rowers on the second day of the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Christians proselytising with rowers on the second day of the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Children carrying firewood to cook the meals for the longboat rowers on the second day of the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/11/2014: Children carrying firewood to cook the meals for the longboat rowers on the second day of the first Water Festival since 2010.

The races are for real. The crowd is rather unimpressive… Two million announced? Where are they?

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: King Norodom Sihamoni arriving at the Royal Podium to attend the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: King Norodom Sihamoni arriving at the Royal Podium to attend the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Drums accompanying competitors for the longboat races on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Drums accompanying competitors for the longboat races on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Competitors for the longboat races on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Competitors for the longboat races on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Competitors for the longboat races on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Competitors for the longboat races on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Men pissing in the Tonle Sap on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Men pissing in the Tonle Sap on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Child collecting plastic bottles to be recycled from the polluted Tonle Sap river on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Child collecting plastic bottles to be recycled from the polluted Tonle Sap river on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Longboats preparing for races on the Tonle Sap reflected in the window of a tug boat on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Longboats preparing for races on the Tonle Sap reflected in the window of a tug boat on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Child collecting tin cans to be recycled from the polluted Tonle Sap river on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Child collecting tin cans to be recycled from the polluted Tonle Sap river on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Longboat leader waiting for his race on the polluted Tonle Sap river on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Longboat leader waiting for his race on the polluted Tonle Sap river on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Brahman priests from the Royal Palace on their way for the religious ceremony on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Brahman priests from the Royal Palace on their way for the religious ceremony on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Bun Rany, First Lady, Hun Sen, Prime Minister and Heng Samrin, President of the National Assembly of Cambodia, wait for the arrival of King Norodom Sihamoni on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Bun Rany, First Lady, Hun Sen, Prime Minister and Heng Samrin, President of the National Assembly of Cambodia, wait for the arrival of King Norodom Sihamoni on the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Bodyguards securing the arrival of King Norodom Sihamoni's car at the Royal Podium to attend the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Bodyguards securing the arrival of King Norodom Sihamoni's car at the Royal Podium to attend the first day of the longboat races during the first Water Festival since 2010.

Chroy Changvar is a buzz. Water Festival is getting into cruising mode.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Competitor for the longboat races gets a coin-rub treatment on the first of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Competitor for the longboat races gets a coin-rub treatment on the first of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: First of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: First of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Longboat rower's team dancing and chanting before competing on the first of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Longboat rower's team dancing and chanting before competing on the first of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: First of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: First of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Longboat rower's team eating before competing on the first of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Longboat rower's team eating before competing on the first of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: First of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: First of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Offerings with cigarettes at the bow of a longboat competing in the races on the first of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Offerings with cigarettes at the bow of a longboat competing in the races on the first of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: First of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: First of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Longboat rower's team eating before competing on the first of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/11/2014: Longboat rower's team eating before competing on the first of the 3-day Water Festival which didn't take place since 2010.

Competitors for the longboat races to be held during the first Water Festival since 2010 are fine-tuning their boat and their body. The rowers are all there. The public not yet.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/11/2014: Contestants on the eve of the 3-day long Water Festival, held for the first time since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/11/2014: Contestants on the eve of the 3-day long Water Festival, held for the first time since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/11/2014: Contestant preparing a longboat on the eve of the 3-day long Water Festival, held for the first time since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/11/2014: Contestant preparing a longboat on the eve of the 3-day long Water Festival, held for the first time since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/11/2014: Supporters carrying rice to feed the rowers on the eve of the 3-day long Water Festival, held for the first time since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/11/2014: Supporters carrying rice to feed the rowers on the eve of the 3-day long Water Festival, held for the first time since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/11/2014: Squatters in a pagoda which hosts contestants on the eve of the 3-day long Water Festival, held for the first time since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/11/2014: Squatters in a pagoda which hosts contestants on the eve of the 3-day long Water Festival, held for the first time since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/11/2014: Contestants on the eve of the 3-day long Water Festival, held for the first time since 2010.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 4/11/2014: Contestants on the eve of the 3-day long Water Festival, held for the first time since 2010.