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Phnom Penh’s colonial heritage is being “resuscitated”. Old stately residences and former hotels are receiving guests once more. The owners tend to be a motley lot: French, Australian, Filipino, Indian… but it is the French who are most visible as the new guests, they and the Americans.

I often find it uncomfortable traveling in former colonies and witnessing the off-handed way in which the former “masters,” or their descendants more likely now, tend to treat the hotel staff, be it in Africa or Asia. Maybe I am too thin skinned, coming myself from a country which has enjoyed independence for only about a hundred years in almost a millennium and a half of its existence.

Anyway, getting back to the photo, the hotel which has echoes of the Art Deco era is a refuge from the hustle and bustle of P.P. Its high whitewashed walls enclose a beautiful garden that features a large swimming pool, luxurious palms, a large shady tree and of course the two storey hotel with its outdoor bar and restaurant. The rooms are very spacious, the bathrooms also. The furniture, plumbing and light fixtures all have a patina of times gone by. A little bit tired but trying hard to look chic, trying to relive the days of yore when the well heeled frequented such places. It’s been open for just two years- I wish it luck. The country needs the tourist dollar and some TLC.

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  • Copyright: Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2936 W: 103 N: 5061] (22710)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-10-04
  • Categories: Artwork
  • Exposure: f/5.0, 1/80 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-10-19 4:57
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