Tom Vater

Tom Vater

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Posts tagged French colony

Little Europe – The proto-colonies of West Bengal in The Nikkei Asian Review

Last story of 2017, first story of 2018, with Laure Siegel. The show stays on the road and the road takes me wherever. Home is anywhere I lay my head. In this instance, north of Kolkata, the world’s most beautiful city, along the banks for the river Hooghly.  Really enjoyed researching this one and am […]

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 […]

From the Archives: The Bokor Palace, Cambodia – Asia’s Spookiest Building?

Tom Vater visits the spooky Bokor Palace Casino – Cambodia’s equivalent of the Overlook Hotel – and finds that the country’s crumbling colonial heritage is haunted by the ghosts of war.

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