Founded as a seaside retreat for the French elite in 1908 and a favoured haunt of Cambodian high-rollers during the 1960s, today tourists are being drawn back to Kep (Krong Kep, also spelled Kaeb). Some travellers find Kep a tad soulless because it lacks a centre. Others are oddly charmed by its torpid pace.
Bokor Hill Station
The once abandoned French retreat of Bokor Hill Station, inside the 1581-sq-km Bokor National Park is famed for its refreshingly cool climate and creepy derelict buildings that had their hey-day during the 1920s and 1930s. On cold, foggy days it can get pretty spooky up here as mists drop visibility to nothing and the wind keens through abandoned buildings.