Abandoned buildings in Kampot and Kep

We stayed on the coast of Cambodia for a week; a few days in Kampot, a few days in Kep, then back to Kampot. It’s a beautiful area with plenty to see. There are mountains, beaches, national parks, and caves, but best of all, abandoned buildings!

From Kampot, we took a motorbike up the mountain to Bokor Hill Station, a group of abandoned buildings built by the French from 1921 onwards. I had been longing to see these buildings ever since I learnt of their existence. Wikipedia calls Bokor a ghost town, but that’s a bit of a stretch for a handful of buildings scattered over a fairly wide area. The most significant buildings are the old casino and the church.

The old casino is a massive structure that looms large over the surrounding landscape. The exterior has been rendered recently, so it has lost a bit of its crumbling charm, but it is still a breathtakingly beautiful building. Inside, I was struck by the light and airy feel of the rooms. The space that I imagine was to be the main casino floor is grand, but on a scale that allows it to retain a bit of intimacy at the same time. The sweeping stairways have a lightness about them that is surprising and unexpected in a concrete structure.

Below are some photos of the casino.

Photos of the other buildings to follow soon – I will put them into this Flickr album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/124733761@N03/sets/72157647828507516/

Old casino, Bokor Hill Station, Cambodia Exterior

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Here is Jeremy owning our pink rented motorbike while thinking ‘Not another old, empty building. When will this end? Does she really need to go inside every single one of them?’