The Cambodian coastal town of Kampot still has a healthy dose of French colonial-era architecture. Some have been restored and turned into boutique hotels, cozy restaurants and the like while others remain in a dilapidated state of disrepair. The centre of town, just behind the modernist-looking market, is the best hunting ground if you want to see these buildings for yourself and it is worth taking a stroll both early morning and late afternoon as the light on the buildings is often different at both times of the day.
Wandering around this sleepy Cambodian riverine town, it’s hard to believe that until the 1950s and the development of Sihanoukville as a deep sea harbour, Kampot was Cambodia’s main port. There is still fishing and a lovely thing to do just before sunset is to grab yourself a takeaway beer, head down to the waterfront promenade, find a bit of wall to sit on and watch the convoy of trawlers chug along the river and out to sea for a night of fishing. I suspect that watching them return in the early morning is an equally impressive sight but we’ve never got up early enough to find out!
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