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. Continue reading →
Dear friends, I am saddened to report that Teacher Ren, 24, Manager of the Hotel Sections at the Don Bosco Technical School Kep, passed away this morning at 02:00 AM of March 2, 2014 at Kep Commune. Teacher Soon of the front office section survived the tragic accident. They were returning with other teachers to Don Bosco, four of them in two motorbikes. Teacher Henglay and Teacher Sela were at the other motorbike. It seems they were going on a high speed. Teacher Soon was driving when his motorbike left the road in a bend meeting a tree. Teacher Soon was ejected several meters while Teacher Ren suffered the biggest impact and was found near the motorbike. Continue reading →
Kep Governor Khen Satha gives the certificate to Lyheng, Front Office senior graduating. At the center Fr. Albeiro Rodas, Don Bosco Technical School Kep’s Rector.
Kep Province — CAMBODIA – Friday, September 06, 2013. The governor of Kep Province, Mr. Ken Satha, presided the first graduation day of the new Don Bosco Technical School in this Cambodian region, 164 kilometers south of Phnom Penh over the Gulf of Thailand and near the Vietnamese border. The technical school opened in October 2011 to attend young people from Kep, Kampot and Takeo provinces and began with a group of 40 in the sections of social communication and hotel skills to lost only 4. The group that left at the end of June for training, has been engaged in different jobs especially in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville in hotels, radio stations, television channels and web development companies. Continue reading →
A passage in the adventure way offered by Max. You can notice the hungry crocodile waiting for somebody to fall from the pole. Photo courtesy actionmaxasie.webs.com/
Kep is a tropical paradise, but if you don’t have a program, you can end in a sort of tropical paradisaical island in the middle of the Pacific just contemplating the wonderful dawns and sets all the time and checking your emails. You need to contact definitively the locals and we can divide them in three groups: fishermen, farmers and, the third group: owners of hotels and restaurants, foreigners many of them with strong links to Cambodia. French people seem to be the predominant tribe in town. Well, one of this locals is Didier Rexach, but he is already known as just Max, though the nickname came from the name of his Action Max Asie company. He has already experience in organizing races and adventures for example in Luang Prabang (Laos.) Continue reading →
An old edification in Bokorville, another former French village at the top of the Bokor Mountain, today a place of reconstruction with big development plants. Photo Al Rodas 04.16.2010.
The upcoming Kep Expo Project is speaking very good about preservation of historical remnants in Kep Province and Cambodia. In this short documentary by Radio Australia we can see that there are people who worry about the protection of the national historical heritage. For me it would not be exaggerated to request the inclusion of Kep Town and Bokorville, as well as many other French colonial places around the country, as Unesco World Heritage Sites and there are many reasons why. But in order to do so, it is needed an urgent plan of protection before some other groups of people without any historical conscience and the hurry for dollars, will end with the demolition of most colonial old villas of Kep. One thing we have to understand is that the Cambodian past does not end in the Angkorean period. Contrary to it, there are several remnants before and after the Angkor period that fit the complete historical picture of Cambodia. Continue reading →
The Kep Imman and other members of the Cham Village mosque of Kep, lead an act of blessing to the new Don Bosco technical school where some Cham young people will learn a skill for a best future.
Kep City. Although Don Bosco was an Italian Catholic priest of the 19th century, it is also true that several of his schools around the planet are located in the cultural environment of other faiths and thus many of the Don Bosco students. In Cambodian, a Buddhist country that follows Theravada doctrines, Shunni Muslims made the main minority in a proportion of 1.25 percent of the national population. The Islam is followed in Cambodia by the Cham ethnic group, the descendants of the ancient Malay kingdom of Champa, located at the center of modern Vietnam. During the Khhmer Rouge regime there was a particular persecution against the Cham minority. Today there are Cham communities in most of Cambodian provinces. Along the sea, from Sihanoukville to Kep, Cham towns can be distinguished by their traditional mosques. Yesterday the Cham religious authorities of Kep Province visited the new Don Bosco Vocational Center to lead a blessing according to their traditions. The reason is that some students of the Center belong to the Cham communities of Kep.