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Bokor Mountain

On our way back through Kampot, we decided to hire a bike again and visit Bokor Mountain Hill Station about 40km away at an altitude of 1,100m.

Bokor Hill Station was built by the French in the 1920's and used as a retreat to escape the heat of the plains below. It was originally a small resort town but was abandoned in the late 1940's leaving the buildings to become derelict. Its centrepiece was the grand Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino and there is also a Catholic Church up there.

Above: The derelict church. It's quite hard to see as it was overcast at the time the photo was taken.

Above: The derelict church. It's quite hard to see as it was overcast at the time the photo was taken.

In 2008, the whole site was leased out to a large petroleum company in Cambodia, Socimex, for 99 years and they have already started redeveloping it. One positive side to this, is that the road to the top is brand new so it was an easy ride up there. The negative side is that they have started renovating the Bokor Palace Hotel so it can no longer be seen in its original state. They have also built a brand-new hotel complex up there which looks completely out of place.

Above: The now replastered Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino.

Above: The now replastered Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino.

So there wasn't really much to see up there but the ride up and down was good fun and the views were fantastic.

Above: View from Bokor Mountain all the way to the Gulf of Thailand.

Above: View from Bokor Mountain all the way to the Gulf of Thailand.

Above: View from Bokor Mountain with Phu Quoc Island in the distance.

Above: View from Bokor Mountain with Phu Quoc Island in the distance.

Above: A huge statue of (what looks like a female?) Buddha which you can see on the way to the top of the mountain.

Above: A huge statue of (what looks like a female?) Buddha which you can see on the way to the top of the mountain.

We didn't spend too long there which left us enough time to go to Kep in the afternoon. Kep is a small fishing village about 20km from Kampot and is renowned for its crab market. We had lunch perched over the sea in a stilted, wooden shack (restaurant) whilst trying to teach the young waiter some English.

Posted by Rivercity 04:47 Archived in Cambodia

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Dear T&P,
thanks so much for the detailed travelogue and the fantastic pics! It is great to see all the places you have been. Good luck and hope you enjoy your next lot of adventures! Celia

02.09.2012 by Celia

It sure beats working ;)

02.09.2012 by Rich

I cant believe you have been gone for only 7 months it seems like much longer...keep up the blogs its great to hear what you have been up too - thinking of starting one for the cheltenham collective but im sure your not interested in me falling over! miss you guys lots of love and jealous coming from 8 andover road x

09.09.2012 by kate

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