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12/1/2008--Kep, Cambodia....From the early 20th century through the 1960s, Kep was Cambodia's premier beach town, drawing weekend holiday-makers to its picturesque shores and sporting the ocean side villas of the privileged class. Nowadays, the old villas are in ruins (Seen here) , many of the owners killed by the Khmer Rouge. and the town is known more for its oceanfront seafood stalls than for its beaches, which are narrow and stony, offering just a few slivers of sand. For the moment at least, Kep has a real ?out of the way? feel to it - jungled mountains, empty beaches and few tourist services. The main road winds along the oceanfront, through the crab market and past small beaches and ritzy villas now crumbling in disrepair. Kep's current raison d'etre is fresh seafood, especially crab. No trip to Kep is complete without at least one seaside picnic...©2008 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.