Bokor National Park

Bokor National Park has the main attraction is the old French hill station at 1,080m which can be visited as a day trip from Kampot or Sihanoukville. Bokor Hill Station was built by the French in the 1920s to be used as a retreat from the heat of the plains, a pre-air conditioning strategy familiar in all of Asia. The Old French Palace is a hauntingly beautiful colonial building constructed by French settlers in 1917 and completed in 1925 for the French social elites who were living in Cambodia and needed an escape from the humidity and heat of Phnom Penh. In the 1950s and 60s, the Old French Palace was used as a casino during the time of Prince Sihanouk. It is frequently used as a movie location, the most famous being City of Ghosts, starring Matt Dillon.

Beside the main attraction on Bokor Mountain, there are some secondary sites for you to visit

Ruins of The Black Palace or “Damnak Sla Khmao” (Situated 10 km from the hill station) was King Sihanouk‘s residence. It was built by brick and black wood in 1936. The doors and windows were all gone but the villa is still in good shape. You will find amazing view of the cliff behind and also beautiful sunset at the late afternoon.

The Old Catholic church was built by the French in the early 1920s as part of the French township on Bokor Mountain. The church ‘s interior is surprisingly well kept. Here at the cliff behind, it is known for beautiful and romantic sunset.

Le Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino is a historical hotel built by colonial French and opened in 1925.

Popokvil Waterfall: Popokvil means “swirling clouds” which is totally appropriate as most of the time the mists do whorl just above the waterfalls. The best time to visit is during the rainy season (May to October) when the waterfalls are at their most beautiful.

Lok Yeay Mao Monument: The huge Lok Yeay Mao monument was constructed in 2010 with 29 meters high, sitting in meditation posture and facing to the coastal area. Lok Yeay Mao is considered a protector spirit of travelers, fishermen and hunters.

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