An incredible Kampot day tour exploring the hauntingly beautiful Bokor National Park.
Abandoned during both World War II and the Khmer Rouge period, Bokor National Park, or Preah Monivong National Park, is a ghost town of French architecture. Just a few of the sites to be admired include ruins of the Black Palace, the old Catholic church and an abandoned colonial French hotel.
My visit to Bokor National Park
Due to the scorching May temperatures we opted for a small group tour. We booked the $12 USD ‘Butterfly’ Bokor National Park tour through out Kampot hotel, Two Moons. The tour was the perfect way to see all of the sites of Bokor mountain with the added bonus of a sunset river cruise. We sat on top of a boat and watched vivid sunset behind Bokor mountain.
It was an epic day and one of many highlights from our time in Cambodia.
Helpful tips for visiting Bokor National Park
- Boker mountain is best visited from near by Kampot. Tours can also be organised from Sihanoukville however this will add approximately 4 hours of travel time, making for quite a long day.
- Entry to the national park is 2,000 riel per vehicle. There’s a checkpoint at the top of the hill so be sure to keep your ticket stub.
- I suggest packing a light long sleeve as it can get a little cool at the top of the mountain.
- While these may be obvious points, pack water and check your camera is fully charged and ready the night before (my battery was fully depleted after taking two shots for Le Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino).
The sights of Bokor National Park
- Le Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino was built in 1925 and never actually a casino. First abandoned by the French in late 1940s and again in 1972 when the Khmer Rouge took over.
- The old Catholic church is an eery, abandoned site. Behind the church there is a narrow path which offers an amazing view looking back at the church and surrounding hill side.
- The Black Palace is an ornate cottage on the cliffs edge, King Sihanouk holiday home.
- Popokvil Waterfall a spectacular sight in the wet season and more of a trickle in the dry season.
- Lok Yeay Mao Monument is a 29 meters tall monument considered the protector of travelers and hunters.
- Wat Sampov Pram a small stone pagoda built in 1924 by King Monivong with panoramic views behind.
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