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Posts tagged Kampot

Return to Bokor Mountain, Cambodia

   I’ve just been back to Bokor Hill Sation, one of Cambodia‘s most beautiful and haunted spots. Rising a thousand meter above the kingdom’s southeastern coast, Bokor has been developed three times. In the 1920s, the French cleared some of the jungle on the way up, built a road with the help of 9000 kulis […]

ZZ-TV – Cambodia Calling!

I was in Phnom Penh, Cambodia this week and had the opportunity to do some recording with The Mincers. Singer Zoe Zac and her merry punksters recently rolled in from Hobart, Tasmania to play a string of dates in Southeast Asia. Zoe organized two days studio time with producer Professor Kinski and we recorded two […]

Kampot Pepper in Geographical

Published in November’s issue of Geographical Magazine, magazine of the Royal Geographical Society, was Bangkok based photographer’s Luke Duggleby‘s feature  on the reviving of Cambodia’s pepper industry after it was destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. I traveled to Kampot with Luke to write the story. One of Cambodia’s best known exports prior to the Khmer […]

My favorite Building – The Bokor Casino

Do Not Sleep Here “Today, you dead,” the Cambodian soldier hisses into Matt Dillon’s face and throws the American actor to the ground of a dilapidated room. Seconds later, James Caan and a group of gangsters shoot it out on a patchy lawn in front of a dark, imposing building, while doom-laden fog drifts up […]

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 […]

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