Bokor National Park
The Bokor National Park is an extensive reserve that covers parts of four provinces of Cambodia. The park covers a total of XXXXXsquare kilometers, however the main attraction is the Colonial era Hill Station that was constructed by the French during the 1920s.
Nestled amongst the clouds the Bokor hill station was the ideal place to acclimatize to the Cambodian climate, and escape the heat of the plains. To read a review of the Bokor Palace Click Here.
Inauguration of Bokor Palace Casino
Artists impression of the New Casino
to be constructed on Bokor
During the years of conflict in Cambodia the hill station was abandoned and fell into a state of disrepair, and today the hill station feels more akin to a ghost town, leading to comparison with the HOTELXXXXXX, made famous in the shinning, and has been referred to as one of the “eeriest places in the world” For an
As of 2008, a concession was granted to redevelop the Hill station and construct a new hotel, casino and gradually all other amenities to establish a new hill station resort. To read an interview with Sok Kong, head of the Sokha Group click Here.
Although the road to the Hill station is under construction, trips to the top are still available, encompassing about a five hour trek through the jungle and utilizing construction vicheles for the rest of the journey. During Khmer national holidays the road is generally reopened and visitors are able to make their own to the top, or avail of one of the tours going up.
Road Up Bokor Circa 1950s
Sights and sounds
A the centre of the Hill station was Bokor Place and casino, there were also shops, a post office, a catholic church and the royal residence of King XXXXXXXXXX, (known as the black palace). The remains of these structures can still be found in varying states of disrepair. There is also still an active Buddhist wat (temple) and the Ranger station, which offers accommodation and cooking facilities.
Bokor’s moist evergreen forests shelter a wide variety of rare and threatened animals, including the Indian elephant, leopard, Asiatic black bear, Malayan sun bear, pileated gibbon, pig-tailed macaque, slow Loris, red muntjac deer, lesser mouse deer, pangolin, yellow-throated martin, small Asian mongoose and various species of civet, porcupine, squirrel and bat. Over 300 species of bird, including several types of hornbill, also live here. Don’t expect to see much wildlife, though – most of the animals are nocturnal and survive by staying in more remote parts of the park.
Caves Phnom Chourk