Bokor Hill Station22 avr. 2015
Exploration by motorbike. We went to Bokor Hill Station, situated 42 km west of Kampot. The road to go up there was amazing, one of the best we had in Asia so far.
Bokor Hill Station is a French ghost town built as a resort by colonial French settlers to offer an escape from the heat, humidity and general insalubrity of Phnom Penh. Nine hundred lives were lost in nine months during the construction of the resort in this remote mountain location. It was abandoned first by the French in late 1940s, during the First Indochina War, and then for good in 1972, as Khmer Rouge took over the area. Since 2008, a society is trying to redevelop the area, repairing the old hotel and casino and building new buildings like a brand new resort and casino open since 2012. But nobody seems to go there...
so, we visited a few abandoned houses, the church and the Bokor Palace Hotel & Casino. We were a bit disappointed by the casino which looked more like a new building under construction than an abandonned one. The views over the sea are beautiful. Then, we came back to Kampot in the early afternoon, had lunch and went exploring the other side of the town to see some salt marsh. As it was stormy, it was not so hot this afternoon, which was really nice :-)