A selection of pictures I took in Cambodia, Iran, Vietnam, Myanmar, Nepal, Spain, Japan, Laos, Indonesia and Malaysia over the last 5 years.


March 31, 2014 - Siem Reap. Tourists visit the Bayon Temple. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
March 31, 2014 – Siem Reap. Tourists visit the Bayon Temple. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 13, 2012 - Shwe Nyaung (Myanmar). Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung Monastery is located just a few kilometers outside Shwe Nyaung, the main touristic city in the Inle Lake’s region.The temple, built entirely of teak, provides education to a large number of very young monks and is famous for its oval windows. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 13, 2012 – Nyuang Shwe (Myanmar). Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung Monastery is located just a few kilometers outside Nyuang Shwe, the main touristic city in the Inle Lake’s region.The temple, built entirely of teak, provides education to a large number of very young monks and is famous for its oval windows. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
July 29, 2014 - Mondulkiri (Cambodia). A Phnong family sits around the fire inside a traditional house in Busra village. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
July 29, 2014 – Mondulkiri (Cambodia). A Phnong family sits around the fire inside a traditional house in Busra village. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 13, 2012 - Kampong Phluk (Cambodia). A girl enjoys the heavy rain in the small village of Kampong Phluk, a few km outside Siem Reap. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 13, 2012 – Kampong Phluk (Cambodia). A girl enjoys the heavy rain in the small village of Kampong Phluk, a few km outside Siem Reap. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
December 29, 2014 - Hong Kong. The Hong Kong skyline from The Peak. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
December 29, 2014 – Hong Kong. The Hong Kong skyline from The Peak. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 42, 2011 - Mondulkiri (Cambodia). A man controls the fire on his field. People in this village are indigenous but nowadays they seem to have lost most of their ancient traditions, as they have adopted many Western customs, such as the way they dress and, above all, the fact that they are now burning the forests that surround their village in order to plant potatoes and rubber trees. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 42, 2011 – Mondulkiri (Cambodia). A man controls the fire on his field. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 22, 2013 - Yangon (Myanmar). Young Buddhist nuns board the ferry crossing the Hlaing river over to downton Yangon. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 22, 2013 – Yangon (Myanmar). Young Buddhist nuns board the ferry crossing the Hlaing river over to downton Yangon. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 13, 2014 - Tehran (Iran). Female polo players are awarded after winning the 83rd Federation of the International Polo Ambassadors’ Cup, organised in a field located in the south of Tehran. Among the participants, Morgan Ru (wearing a yellow cap), the first American woman to play polo in Iran. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 13, 2014 – Tehran (Iran). Female polo players are awarded after winning the 83rd Federation of the International Polo Ambassadors’ Cup, organised in a field located in the south of Tehran. Among the participants, Morgan Ru (wearing a yellow cap), the first American woman to play polo in Iran. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 2, 2012 - Yangon (Myanmar). Passengers on the ferry crossing the Yangon river. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 2, 2012 – Yangon (Myanmar). Passengers on the ferry crossing the Yangon river. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
August 05, 2012 - Saigon (Vietnam). Young people outisde a coffe in Saigon. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
August 05, 2012 – Saigon (Vietnam). Young people outisde a coffe in Saigon. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 30, 2012 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). A boxer is prepared minutes before the beginning of a match. Every weekends, CTN studio hosts the matches of Neak Pradals (Cambodian Boxers), the most important sport event for the people of Phnom Penh. Its roots are very ancient, but unlike Muay Thai, this sport hasn't any international recognition. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 30, 2012 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). A boxer is prepared minutes before the beginning of a match. Every weekends, CTN studio hosts the matches of Neak Pradals (Cambodian Boxers), the most important sport event for the people of Phnom Penh. Its roots are very ancient, but unlike Muay Thai, this sport hasn’t any international recognition. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
june 14, 2010 - New York City. A group of nurses walks in the streets of Manhattan. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
june 14, 2010 – New York City. A group of nurses walks in the streets of Manhattan. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
July 3, 2012 - Dubai (UAE). A girl sits on a moving walkway inside Dubai’s international airport. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
July 3, 2012 – Dubai (UAE). A girl sits on a moving walkway inside Dubai’s international airport. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
January 07, 2010 - Takayama (Japan). Snow over the local cemetery in Takayama. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
January 07, 2010 – Takayama (Japan). Snow over the local cemetery in Takayama. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 08, 2014 - Urmia, Iran. Iranian youths take pictures of the surface of Urmia lake with their smartphones. Despite slow mobile internet connections, Iran has seen a considerable increase of consumers purchasing smartphones. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 08, 2014 – Urmia, Iran. Iranian youths take pictures of the surface of Urmia lake with their smartphones. Despite slow mobile internet connections, Iran has seen a considerable increase of consumers purchasing smartphones. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
August 10, 2012 - Tra Vinh (VIetman). A violent storm over the centre of Tra Vinh, in the Mekong Delta region. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
August 10, 2012 – Tra Vinh (VIetman). A violent storm over the centre of Tra Vinh, in the Mekong Delta region. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
August 31, 2012 - Yangon (Myanmar). Passengers on a public bus. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
August 31, 2012 – Yangon (Myanmar). Passengers on a public bus. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 20, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Buddhist monks in front of the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu - also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 20, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Buddhist monks in front of the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu – also known as Bodnath, is the biggest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
December 02, 2011 - Laxe (La Coruña). The small port of Laxe bases its economy on percebes’ harvesting and other fishing-related activities. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
December 02, 2011 – Laxe (La Coruña). The small port of Laxe bases its economy on percebes’ harvesting and other fishing-related activities. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 21, 2014 - Yazd (Iran). Customers in a fast food restaurant react after Argentina scored a goal against Iran in the last minutes of their first match of the 2014 World Cup. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 21, 2014 – Yazd (Iran). Customers in a fast food restaurant react after Argentina scored a goal against Iran in the last minutes of their first match of the 2014 World Cup. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 6, 2012 - Pyin U Lwin (Myanmar). Passengers wait for the train to Hsipaw. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 6, 2012 – Pyin U Lwin (Myanmar). Passengers wait for the train to Hsipaw. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 16, 2012 - Yangon (Myanmar). Several times a month the “Theinbyu Sports Hall” in Yangon hosts matches of "Lethwei", the burmese boxe (entry fees from 5 USD). Dates to at least the 11th century, was used by Burmese monks to defend themselves and by warriors to protect the king. It is now a way for young men from Myanmar’s impoverished countryside to fight their way to a better life. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 16, 2012 – Yangon (Myanmar). Several times a month the “Theinbyu Sports Hall” in Yangon hosts matches of “Lethwei”, the burmese boxe (entry fees from 5 USD). Dates to at least the 11th century, was used by Burmese monks to defend themselves and by warriors to protect the king. It is now a way for young men from Myanmar’s impoverished countryside to fight their way to a better life. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
August 05, 2012 - Saigon (Vietnam). An army officer guards the entrance of a governamental building. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
August 05, 2012 – Saigon (Vietnam). An army officer guards the entrance of a governamental building. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
August 09, 2012, Thra Vin (Vietnam). The local market of Tra Vinh, a province home to over 140 Khmer pagodas. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
August 09, 2012, Thra Vin (Vietnam). The local market of Tra Vinh, a province home to over 140 Khmer pagodas. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
October 20, 2012 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). About 3500 monks come from all over Cambodia to pray and to pay respect to the former king Sihanouk on the fourth day of commemoration of his death in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
October 20, 2012 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). About 3500 monks come from all over Cambodia to pray and to pay respect to the former king Sihanouk on the fourth day of commemoration of his death in front of the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 22, 2012 - Battambang (Cambodia). "Phare Ponleu Selpak"PPS is a Cambodian association using arts to answer children psycho social needs. One of the most important program is the circus school, that provides teaching in the major disciplines as juggling, acrobatics, aerial acts, clowning, balancing, dancing. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 22, 2012 – Battambang (Cambodia). “Phare Ponleu Selpak”PPS is a Cambodian association using arts to answer children psycho social needs. One of the most important program is the circus school, that provides teaching in the major disciplines as juggling, acrobatics, aerial acts, clowning, balancing, dancing. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
August 12, 2012, Soc Trang (Vietnam). A Khmer Krom's devotee helps monks to prepare the Wat Mahatup Pagoda for a ceremony. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
August 12, 2012, Soc Trang (Vietnam). A Khmer Krom’s devotee helps monks to prepare the Wat Mahatup Pagoda for a ceremony. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
January 27, 2013 - Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). A devotee in a state of trance during the Thaipusam Festival. Devotees are brought into a trance, whereupon they can apparently be lanced and skewered without feeling pain. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
January 27, 2013 – Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). A devotee in a state of trance during the Thaipusam Festival. Devotees are brought into a trance, whereupon they can apparently be lanced and skewered without feeling pain. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
August 15, 2012 - Chau Doc (Vietnam). A view of the Cham cemetery of Chau Doc. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
August 15, 2012 – Chau Doc (Vietnam). A view of the Cham cemetery of Chau Doc. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 20, 2014 - Meo Vac (Vietnam). The Ma Pi Leng Pass between Dong Van and Meo Vac, is considered one the most spectacular road in Vietnam. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 20, 2014 – Meo Vac (Vietnam). The Ma Pi Leng Pass between Dong Van and Meo Vac, is considered one the most spectacular road in Vietnam. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 6, 2012 - Hsipaw (Myanmar). A train passes over the Goteik Viaduct on its 8 hours journey between Pyin U Lwin and Hsipaw. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 6, 2012 – Hsipaw (Myanmar). A train passes over the Goteik Viaduct on its 8 hours journey between Pyin U Lwin and Hsipaw. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
July 28, 2014 - Mondulkiri (Cambodia). Reflections in a rice field. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
July 28, 2014 – Mondulkiri (Cambodia). Reflections in a rice field. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
April 9, 2014 - Koh Preah (Cambodia). Fishermen at work in front of Koh Preah. © Thomas Cristofoletti for WWF-UK
April 9, 2014 – Koh Preah (Cambodia). Fishermen at work in front of Koh Preah. © Thomas Cristofoletti for WWF-UK
June 11, 2014 - Qom, Iran. A kid swims in a fountain close to the holy shrine of Qom, in central Iran. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 11, 2014 – Qom, Iran. A kid swims in a fountain close to the holy shrine of Qom, in central Iran. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
February 1st, 2014 - Kampot (Cambodia). A woman collects pepper inside the Starling Pepper plantation in Kampot. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
February 1st, 2014 – Kampot (Cambodia). A woman collects pepper inside the Starling Pepper plantation in Kampot. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
August 04, 2013 - Si Phan Don (Laos). A fisherman fights against the ferocious current of the Khone Phapheng falls, in order to clean a "Ly Trap" - a traditional bamboo made trap - from debries. Traps need continuous maintenance as sticks, small branches and grass get entangled, which would deprive the fishermen of their catch – and their only income. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
August 04, 2013 – Si Phan Don (Laos). A fisherman fights against the ferocious current of the Khone Phapheng falls, in order to clean a “Ly Trap” – a traditional bamboo made trap – from debries. Traps need continuous maintenance as sticks, small branches and grass get entangled, which would deprive the fishermen of their catch – and their only income. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
December 15, 2011 - Laxe (La Coruña). Juan and Joaquin, two of younger and skilled percebeiros, try to escape from a unexpected wave. Despite the bad condition of the sea, they decided to go out and harvest anyway. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
December 15, 2011 – Laxe (La Coruña). Juan and Joaquin, two of younger and skilled percebeiros, try to escape from a unexpected wave. Despite the bad condition of the sea, they decided to go out and harvest anyway. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
October 04, 2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
October 04, 2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
November 4, 2013 - Areng Valley (Koh Kong). A monk during a tree-blessing ceremony in a forest nearby Pra Lay Village. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 4, 2013 – Areng Valley (Koh Kong). A monk during a tree-blessing ceremony in a forest nearby Pra Lay Village. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
February 14, 2014 - Phnom Penh. Young people enter Lux Cinema for the afternoon screening of a khmer commedy movie. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
February 14, 2014 – Phnom Penh. Young people enter Lux Cinema for the afternoon screening of a khmer commedy movie. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
April 4, 2014 - Phnom Penh. A man walks over a structure inside Kids City. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
April 4, 2014 – Phnom Penh. A man walks over a structure inside Kids City. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
April 4, 2014 - Phnom Penh. A family of tourist walks pass by the Royal Palace. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
April 4, 2014 – Phnom Penh. A family of tourist walks pass by the Royal Palace. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
July 29, 2014 - Mondulkiri (Cambodia). A Phnong mother with her baby pose inside a traditional house in Busra village. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
July 29, 2014 – Mondulkiri (Cambodia). A Phnong mother with her baby pose inside a traditional house in Busra village. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). A family prepares the body of a loved one for an open-air cremation at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu - locals believe that the deceased person sin's are cleaned away submerging his feet in the Bagmati river. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 22, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). A family prepares the body of a loved one for an open-air cremation at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu – locals believe that the deceased person sin’s are cleaned away submerging his feet in the Bagmati river. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
October 26, 2013 - Kampong Chhnang. Garment factory workers come back home in Span Dieg village, 40km north of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
October 26, 2013 – Kampong Chhnang. Garment factory workers come back home in Span Dieg village, 40km north of Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 8, 2014 - Urmia (Iran). A sheperd with his sheeps around Urmia lake. Today, the lake is a shadow of its former self. Decades of poor water management, aggressive agricultural policies and drought have rendered it almost completely dried up. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 8, 2014 – Urmia (Iran). A sheperd with his sheeps around Urmia lake. Today, the lake is a shadow of its former self. Decades of poor water management, aggressive agricultural policies and drought have rendered it almost completely dried up. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 22, 2014 - Meo Vac (Vietnam). Locals harvest a rice field in the outskirts of Tam Son. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 22, 2014 – Meo Vac (Vietnam). Locals harvest a rice field in the outskirts of Tam Son. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 2, 2014 - Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Cambodian youths take a selfie on the roof of the recently built Aeon mall. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 2, 2014 – Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Cambodian youths take a selfie on the roof of the recently built Aeon mall. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 29, 2013 - Lvea village, Prey Veng. A boy rides a water buffalo back home. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 29, 2013 – Lvea village, Prey Veng. A boy rides a water buffalo back home. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 - Kathmandu (Nepal). Buddhist monks play football in the courtyard of a monastery nearby Swayambunath Stupa in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
November 21, 2014 – Kathmandu (Nepal). Buddhist monks play football in the courtyard of a monastery nearby Swayambunath Stupa in Kathmandu. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 12, 2014 - Tehran (Iran). A woman walks in front of a light decoration installed to celebrate the birthday of Imam Mahdi. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 12, 2014 – Tehran (Iran). A woman walks in front of a light decoration installed to celebrate the birthday of Imam Mahdi. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
December 29, 2014 - Hong Kong. Rush hour in the metro of Hong Kong. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
December 29, 2014 – Hong Kong. Rush hour in the metro of Hong Kong. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
February 05, 2011 - Hanoi (Vietnam). An army officer waits the train at Hanoi station. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
February 05, 2011 – Hanoi (Vietnam). An army officer waits the train at Hanoi station. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
April 19, 2014 - Jakarta (Indonesia). Catching an early flight at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
April 19, 2014 – Jakarta (Indonesia). Catching an early flight at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 19, 2014 - Don Vang (Vietnam). A girl waits in a hairdresser in the center of Don Vang. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
September 19, 2014 – Don Vang (Vietnam). A girl waits in a hairdresser in the center of Don Vang. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 22, 2014 - Yazd (Iran). Locals gathered at Jame Mosque of Yazd. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
June 22, 2014 – Yazd (Iran). Locals gathered at Jame Mosque of Yazd. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
January 07, 2010 - Takayama (Japan). A truck in a snoewd parking in Takayama. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
January 07, 2010 – Takayama (Japan). A truck in a snoewd parking in Takayama. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
December 18, 2011 - Laxe (La Coruña). A view of the sealight of Laxe. © Thomas Cristofoletti
December 18, 2011 – Laxe (La Coruña). A view of the sealight of Laxe. © Thomas Cristofoletti