Changing Skyline

Sihanoukville Travel Blog

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The old 'growing' skyline
 

Sihanoukville is freshening its overall appearance to compete with Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in becoming a major Cambodian tourist destination. A newly repaved section of Ekareach Street has been fitted with two traffic signals, painted crosswalks (use at your own risk), and huge directional signboards that hint at some kind of massive interchange just around the corner.

 

Old buildings are being cleaned up, refurbished, or painted and new ones being constructed. All of the structures seem to be tall and narrow and maintain the French Colonial styling that the city has had since its founding in the 1950s.

 

Construction methods are crude and simple, employing an enormous work force.

Modern look
Progress is slow but steady. While large trucks maneuver dusty streets, grinding in low gears, to haul cement, sand, or tons of red brick, others load from those side-street yards selling lumber, re-bar, or sheets of glass and steel. Motorbikes too haul trailers loaded with wood and materials to building sites all over town and man-powered carts deliver furniture.

 

Rickety bamboo scaffolding supports bricklayers, carpenters, and painters. Buckets of building materials are hoisted to the upper floors by ropes and pulleys, some by motors and cables. Sparks from welder's torches fall from the sky as framework for metal roofing is assembled. Carpenters and cabinet makers work long hours to provide a steady flow of products being carted off to the scattered sites. The buzz of their saws and planers can be heard throughout one neighborhood - driven by crude gasoline engines or aged electric motors with wobbling rubber belts.

Andy99 says:
A busy place!
Posted on: Dec 23, 2008
acowboy says:
great photos....
Posted on: Dec 20, 2008
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The old growing skyline
The old 'growing' skyline
Modern look
Modern look
Growing skyline
Growing skyline
Fresh look
Fresh look
Building materials
Building materials
Lumber yard
Lumber yard
Motorbike load
Motorbike load
Cabinet maker
Cabinet maker
Carpenters
Carpenters
Landscapers
Landscapers