It’s mango season in Kep, the old French colonial resort on Cambodia’s south-east coast, but the ripe yellow fruits lie uncollected in the garden of the villa behind the town’s park.
Despite its imposing gates, the building itself lies in ruins. Vines smother verandah steps, creepers blur the dramatic angles of concrete and terrazzo.
It’s one of hundreds of mansions in the modernist style scattered along this stretch of coast, built as holiday retreats for the wealthy from the capital Phnom Peng in the 1950s and 1960s. These were the glory years of this laid-back town.
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