Ruined villas of Kep’s glorious heydays
Established in 1908, Kep was originally built as a retreat for the French colonialists. For sixty years it thrived as the Khmer’s favorite coastal holiday resort, with its heydays in the 50s and 60s until it fell into ruin – especially after the Khmer Rouge when locals in need of money and food started to dismantle the old villas which you can still visit today.
Some have already been renovated, such as Knai Bang Chatt and Villa Romonea, but most of them are still breathing memories of a different past.
In 2007 a French photographer, Pierre-Yves Brunaud made a serie on the old Kep villas and their inhabitants today.
In 2011, Belgian graffiti artist ROA spray painted 3 giant insects on 3 villas. Ask the tuk-tuk drivers, they can point out the locations.