Kep Trade Fair 2015

Cambodian pop star Keo Veasna, one of the artists invited to the 2015 version of the Kep Fare Trade. 

The long weekend made by the Cambodian Independence Day on Monday, 9th of November, has a lot of fun in Kep Province this year with its already traditional Trade Fair, possibly the 8th version, though the number is not written in the promotions. The event marks also the beginning of the Tourist High Season in Cambodia (November – May), that is a very important time for those Cambodian regions included as travelers’ destinations like Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Kep, Kampot, Koh Kong and the natural environments of Ratanakiri and Mondolkiri.

The Cambodian Independence Day has a deeply meaning in Kep, because the town was a French foundation at the beginning of the 20th century and used by the Colonial elite as a holidays’ area. The Province, now the smallest of Cambodia, keeps its own version of the Phnom Penh’s Independence Monument. 

After the Independence, Kep continues being a favorite place of the capital’s booming Cambodia under the guidance of Prince Norodom Sihanouk. The wartime made Kep a ghost town for more than 3 decades, until the Peace process brought hopes to the country.

Today, the local government is developing its infrastructure, while the region is full of hotels and guesthouses. The traditional fisher, fruits, salt and rice Province is becoming an international tourist destination with many things to offer and stressing its vocation for environment protection. Sadly, no everyone is working to keep Kep as a natural and peaceful environment. Recently, the Cambodia Daily reported on illegal fishing that is destroying the sea fauna and flora without any control. As a National Park, the sea, where the crabs have their delicate environment, could be included within the boundaries of that National Park with special attention for fishing and improving the lives of the families living from it.

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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39xwdGtVXI) and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (http://www.colombia.co/en/culture/colombians-that-are-making-this-a-better-world.html).

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