Kep – Cambodia´s Seaside Revival – in The Asia Wall Street Journal
Together with photographer Luke Duggleby, I visited Kep, a small town on Cambodia´s south eastern coast.
First populated by French colonial administrators at the beginning of the 20th century, Kep became something like Cambodia´s St. Tropez in the 1960s, with rock bands playing on the beach and King Norodom Sihanouk cavorting and partying as if there´d been no tomorrow.
As it turned out, there wasn´t, and, with the arrival of the Khmer Rouge in the early 70s, Kep closed down and eventually became a ghost town, lingering in a state of suspended animation, from which it is only now recovering.
Two of the above images are historical photos – of the Bokor Casino and Kep´s main road, probably before WWII.
Read more in the Wall Street Journal Asia.