Casino Rouge

Exploring the ruin of the French colonial era Bokor Casino Hotel in Cambodia recently. The Casino was fought over by the invading/liberating Vietnamese army and the murderous Khmer Rouge from 1979 onwards. Due to it's strategic place and size on Bokor plateau it was invaluable to either side to gain an advantage over the other. … Continue reading Casino Rouge

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Church : Time

Exploring the abandoned former French colonial era church on Bokor Mountain in Cambodia recently. In 1978┬áthe Vietnamese invaded Cambodia, toppling the murderous Khmer Rouge in a matter of weeks. There was however a stalemate for a time on Bokor (and other locations) as the Vietnamese and the Khmer Rouge battled it out- fighting between the … Continue reading Church : Time

West Coast ghost town

Once a thriving railway township, Rewanui was abandoned in 1985 when the railway branch was closed. The town was taken care of and preserved by its caretaker until in 1988 where a huge landslide following a flood destroyed most of the buildings and bridges that remained, tragically killing the sole occupant of the town. After … Continue reading West Coast ghost town

New Zealand’s forgotten miniature village

In a small rural town of North Island New Zealand lives this little forgotten wall and village. Once a labour of love for the pastor of the church who has now passed on, this little village and its figurines continue to decay without repair or anyone to take care of them.  

Nokor

Not your usual urbex video, but exploring ruins nonetheless. This is the strange fusion temple complex of┬áBanteay Prey Nokor in Cambodia that we visited late last year. Situated in countryside near the town of Kompong Cham, the original 11th century Mahayana Buddhist shrine has been added onto over the centuries and incorporated into a bewildering … Continue reading Nokor

In Tandom

The tanning of leather for footwear production in New Zealand was, until the mid 1980's, protected by tariffs which raised the price of imported footwear. Global trade pressure prevailed, however, and the 1990's saw New Zealand tanneries shift to selling at international leather fairs, with China and the United States becoming the most significant markets. … Continue reading In Tandom

Kingdom’s gone!

This derelict and forgotten film set was never actually used for filming as the movie was mothballed after running out of money. The set still stands waiting for its film crew and producers to perhaps one day return. Exploring this abandoned movie set in the middle of rural New Zealand countryside was quite the experience, … Continue reading Kingdom’s gone!