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Exactly here there is one of those old French abandoned houses to see in Kep Province. When I have visitors to Kep, the tiniest and amazing Cambodian province, I bring them to Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island), the Crab Market, the hills, Kampong Trach District (although located in the Kampot territory), the Vietnamese border to Hatien and the Ramoh Caves (also in the limit with Kampot.) But there is something I enjoy to show: the old French abandoned houses.
Every visitor shows a great amazement on them. They are the rest of what was the old French town of Kep, the resort city during the colonial time. The trace of wide avenues and stylish fens around phantom buildings are everywhere, many of them covered by the vegetation. You can imagine the 40’s, 50’s and even 60’s around these decadent mansions, French music and a relaxing life in the quiet of what is today a National Park.
It is possible to access to most of the old houses. Prevention is recommended since the buildings can be old as more than 50 years and a long time of abandonment. The Khmer Rouge regime destroyed many of them and the region was isolated for decades, so there was not a process of maintenance over them. However, locals and tourist agencies are eager to show them.
Without exaggerating, all these old mansions should be declared a national heritage and even monuments of historical interest. Some business are already built over the last rests of them, while they could be repaired to become cultural centers or something like that.
I will count them this month and create a kind of registration, before they are demolished if it cannot be avoided.