Bokor Hill Station (South Cambodia) - Motorycle Trip Report

Discussion in 'Cambodia Road Trip Reports' started by belgarathc, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. belgarathc

    belgarathc Ol'Timer

    Hi,

    This trip was taken during the wet season in South Cambodia and it's just a short 2 day ride. Hope you like the photos. :)

    Route: Phnom Penh -> Bokor Hill Station -> Phnom Penh
    Distance: ~300km
    Reference: Lonely Planet Cambodia
    Bike: Honda Degree from Lucky! Lucky! at US$6 per day
    Comments: Bokor hill station is very eerie, with all the abandoned buildings and mist. Very fun ride up the hill, a scrambler is a must.
    More Details: Click -> Bokor Hill Station (South Cambodia) trip report

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    Map of Cambodia and route taken

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    Highway 3 - Road to Kampot

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    Narrow road up Bokor Hill

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    Something behind the mist?

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    Bokor Casino

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    And the cold wind blows..

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    Not the best path for a motorcycle

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    Abandoned church on Bokor Hill
     
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  3. sargent

    sargent Member

    Hi Bel, How's the track or road up Bokor hill was in a very bad state about 2 years ago, there was some post on the forum about upgrading the road up Bokor would apperciate any input.
     
  4. belgarathc

    belgarathc Ol'Timer

    Sorry sargent, I also took this trip 2 years ago. I did a quick search and it seems that they are widening the roads and rebuilding the hotel. One guy reported that the road is open during public holidays.
     
  5. sargent

    sargent Member

    Hi Bel,
    Thank You for the update and your reply was superfast.
     
  6. cdrw

    cdrw Ol'Timer

    ...'2-years ago'...well that explains it

    Bokor has been _closed_ to tourists all year, with the one exception that I'm aware of - they opened the road and allowed Khmer's (only) on the mountain during Khmer New Year, last April.

    I rode up Bokor about 5-6 years ago and spent the night, as the fog became so bad I couldn't find the road down. Visibility was less that 50-feet! The park ranger and his family were the only others atop the mountain. Candles were available to light the dormitory area; the ranger had a small elecctric generator which only lighted his home. A very mysterious place and an unforgettable visit.

    They are widening and paving the once horrid road, which has been decaying for decades. They are building an upscale hotel (maybe a few?), a casino and sights for tourists. There was a rumor that they may also have a tram going up the mountain, but that's only rumor. I think it's the Japanese that are doing the project??? Bokor will never be the same!
     
  7. bill

    bill Ol'Timer

    ...'2-years ago'...well that explains it

    Bokor has been _closed_ to tourists all year, with the one exception that I'm aware of - they opened the road and allowed Khmer's (only) on the mountain during Khmer New Year, last April.

    I rode up Bokor about 5-6 years ago and spent the night, as the fog became so bad I couldn't find the road down. Visibility was less that 50-feet! The park ranger and his family were the only others atop the mountain. Candles were available to light the dormitory area; the ranger had a small elecctric generator which only lighted his home. A very mysterious place and an unforgettable visit.

    They are widening and paving the once horrid road, which has been decaying for decades. They are building an upscale hotel (maybe a few?), a casino and sights for tourists. There was a rumor that they may also have a tram going up the mountain, but that's only rumor. I think it's the Japanese that are doing the project??? Bokor will never be the same!
    Sok Kong (Hun Sen buddy) is doing it through his Sokimex/Sokha hotels company

    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_ ... 5Ae01.html

    They're also building a golf course at the base of the mountain

    http://www.elephantguide.com/cambodia-t ... d-p-2.html
     

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