Bokor National Parc – Travel Diary Cambodia
Travel Diary Cambodia
Bokor National Parc, Kampot
An hour and half ride off Kampot town and you are up in the hills of the Bokor National Parc, overlooking Kampot town and its surrounding countryside, up to the sea.
The mountain range hosts the remaining of an ancient primary forest which create a very nice micro-climate over Kampot region and a luxuriant landscape.
On top of the Bokor, you still find a few colonial pre-war buildings, the remaining of a ghost city coexisting with some new modern casinos and hotel complexes.
The history of the place is caracterised by a mix of pleasure and horror.
In the early 1920s of the French colony, under King Sihanouk, it quickly became a luxury retreat for the French elite and the wealthy cambodians, to escape from the heat of the Capital City Phnom Penh, located at some 3 hours driving. The Bokor Hill Station included the Resort Hotel, the Casino, the Church as well as the Royal Residency of the King and his family.
Later on in the 1970s, it became the infamous residence and entrenchment of the Khmer Rouges taking control over the country and holding tight until the 1990s, whereas being officially defeated in 1979.
For the Landscape Photographer, the history amateur or simply the traveller, the best period to go there is during the dry season to get clear views on the landscape, nice hikes and even a bath in the Popokville waterfalls.