Bokor Hill Station, Kampot

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Colonial history stands out at Bokor Hill Station, a collection of buildings originally established as a luxurious mountainous retreat from the heat for Frenchmen. During its construction in the 1920s, 900 people died due to the weather and work conditions at this remote location. The Catholic church here dates back to its opening in 1925, while other structures, like the casino built in the 1960s, were added on later. This attraction has gone through periods of destruction and abandonment over time, as well as rejuvenation. Until the 1990s, it was the last stronghold of Cambodia's Communist party, Khmer Rouge, but has since been simply a tourist attraction. Put Bokor Hill Station and other Kampot attractions into our Kampot road trip site , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We found this building in November 2016. It was possible to enter for free and get on the highest terrace! This colossal building with cement has been abandoned for many years. No one could give us an idea of period. With the time she took a patina by the extremely wet climate and a kind of small greenish lichen covered all his ghostly carcass. But in December 2017 major work is undertaken. What is their nature, and mystery. Workers were jump tiles of the access stairs. It is likely that this old hotel/casino will finally take the service! I sincerely hope that it will be always possible to admire the beautiful landscape of the side of his upper terrace!
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  • The view from the top of the hill is great. Other than that this place is covered in ugly hotels, construction and uninteresting old buildings. The nearby waterfall is very nice and makes the ride up ...  more »
  • The hotel is no longer abandoned-restoration works are underway. At the moment the visit is impractical, don't see anything interesting-only construction.
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  • Stunning and somewhat eerie place with really interesting history! Make sure you check out the cliff views! Note - without fail, almost every afternoon the place becomes surrounded in fog / cloud so if you want crisp photos, head up early!
  • Best seen on a rented moped as the hill station is several spaced out places build by the French but now abandoned, plus one Buddhist temple at the top and one on the way up. Due to the low traffic this is one of the easier places to ride a moped with mostly all the turns given accurate warning signs of their bend gradients, BUT BE WARNED one or two very sharp bends do not have signs so don't rely on the signs alone. The main attraction are the views over the mountain rather than the buildings, which are largely abandoned 1920s french. Unless you're seriously interested in architecture your response will be "meh, kinda cool".
  • Stunning Drive up the hill and spooky old houses up there - Most has been said, so I just mention the new or extra important information. The entry fee (parking fee) for a scooter is 2000 Riel / 0,5 Cent. The road up the hill is just stunning. I highly recommend to do it on your own by scooter (if you have been driving scooter before). The new casino is a shame, but therefore you have that perfect road. There is just one point, on the other side of the old casino, where you can buy new petrol for scooters and its 50% above average price. From kampot it takes you at least an hour to get to the old casino, have that in mind especially for the way back, when it's getting dark. Last but not least, the old casino can just be viewed from outside the building, because it's closed for renovation. Have fun and enjoy this very special place!
  • Such a cool location and beautiful ride up the mountain. The road is in really good condition and is not steep, so it's an easy ride! We left the top just before sunset and the ride down was incredible.
  • Great photo opportunities when the weather is right, unfortunately is often in the clouds so would recommend checking weather before going

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Where to stay in Kampot

The conveniently named Guesthouse Street provides a good place for budget-conscious travelers to look in Kampot. Located to the south of a main roundabout, the road offers plenty of guesthouses with both private and shared rooms; these establishments cater to international travelers, many with welcoming cafes just next door. Following the river north and south of the main town leads to other accommodations, including resorts of luxury private bungalows, and some eco-friendly lodges with well-maintained grounds and particularly friendly staff.
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