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Bokor Hill Station refers to a collection of French colonial buildings (hotel & casino, church, royal residence etc. ), constructed as a temperate mountain luxury resort and retreat for colonial residents in the early 1920s atop Bokor Mountain in Preah Monivong National Park, about 37 km (23 mi) west of Kampot in southern Cambodia. Abandoned for long periods of time, modern infrastructure has made […]
From an old Pathé movie of 1907. Buddhist ceremonies at the installation of a new abbot. At about 2:45 minutes in, there is a short scene of a Monk dressing. The method he uses to fold his robes is quite interesting. Not something I’ve seen in modern Cambodia anyways.
❝ I’ve visited Angkor Wat 8 times over the years. And it never ceases to amaze me. And dating back to the 12th century, I’m not the only one. Making it one of my favorite places in the world to photograph. Only Istanbul and Rome can rival it. On this most recent trip, I decided […]
The femme fatale A cocktail created in Cambodia’s legendary Hotel Le Royal, for the former first lady. Le Hotel Royal was originally opened in 1929 and like many Raffles properties in Asia, was a magnet for international dignitaries. Perhaps most famously, Jackie O visited the hotel and Elephant Bar in 1967 and ordered their famous […]
Half a century after United States B-52 bombers dropped more than 500,000 tonnes of explosives on Cambodia’s countryside, Washington wants the country to repay a $US500 million war debt. “They dropped bombs on our heads and then ask[ed] us to repay. When we do not repay, they tell the IMF not to lend us money,” […]
Heng Samrin, President of the National Assembly since 2006, voted today in Tbong Khmum. He played a crucial role in ridding the country of Pol Pot. Still, he prefers life in the shadows. At the end of 1979, after numerous cross-border incursions by the Khmer Rouge in places like Tay Ninh, which resulted in the deaths […]
Ghosts of Kampot Kampot is a city in southern Cambodia and the capital of Kampot Province. It is situated at the Praek Tuek Chhu river southeast of the Elephant Mountains and around 5 km (3 mi) from the Gulf of Thailand. Kampot was the capital of the Circonscription Résidentielle de Kampot under French rule and Cambodia’s most important sea port after the loss of the Mekong Delta […]
“On every side, in fantastic over-scale, the trunks of the silk-cotton trees soar skywards under a shadowy green canopy, their long spreading skirts trailing the ground and their endless roots coiling more like reptiles than plants.” — Maurice Glaize
Ghosts of Phnom Penh Phnom Penh is a city with a lot of ghosts in its history and so this particular ghost is a common sight in the burgeoning capital. Subsequently, the old gives way to the modern multi-storied buildings and history falls to shopping malls and condos.