Koh Rong is about to get Phu Quoced
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Last week’s news letter featured Sihanoukville Part I, and Part II was mean to be this week. Instead, I got sidetracked by Koh Rong in Sihanoukville Province. This sleepy island has been on the developers drawing board for years, and it looks like things are going to ramp up soon. Nothing much can be done until a road is built around the island, and the road is now nearly finished.
[Road building on Koh Rong.]
I knew this island was going to be developed, but I didn’t realise by how much until I saw the development maps around the island. Most of the coast is given over to future resorts, of which one section is dedicated for casinos. Not just one casino, but a whole area (as if there aren’t enough casinos in nearby Sihanoukville). To feed this mega tourist project there is a new airport planned in the middle of the island. It looks like Koh Rong is getting inspiration from nearby Phu Quoc in VIetnam.
Meanwhile, in Kampot (where I am now) there is a 36+ storey two-tower development being built in the historic old town area. There is no information about this project (no sales page and I can’t find any website of the listed developers) so I have made a page to collect more information. I call these pages “lightning rod pages”. By being the only page about it on the internet I hope to gather more information about it. I’m also looking for photos of the buildings that were demolished.
[Thai Boon Roong Kampot Building.]
Kampot was looking to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, but there is no chance of that happening if the city allows a whole city block to be demolished to build an apartment tower.
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