Bokor National Park

To all you human geographers out there, I did some urban exploration. Tourism based urban exploring.

Bokor National Park houses an abandoned casino and hotel,a long with restaurants, servants quarters, a villa and a water tower all built by the French in the early 1920s. After having done some research of things to do around Kampot, Cambodia, I really wanted to do some exploring and being a human geography graduate places like this really do excite me.

But upon arrival I didn’t know whether to be angry or disappointed.

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The entire place was gutted and washed and so the bare concrete was the only facade left. Expecting rusting pipe work, broken doors and pealing wallpaper, we found ourselves in a shell of a building where tours operated to. However, I was not too easily dissuaded from exploring and found that actually they had decided to leave one thing alone… the floor tiles. The only thing to go on that hinted back to a by gone era of wealth, card games and parties for the French to utilise when escaping the heat.

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Over 900 people died building the road from the sea to the top of the mountain. Yet the correlation between death and Bokor Hotel and casino does not end there. It was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and park rangers refuse to go anywhere near it at night, claiming the ghosts of past atrocities can be heard walking through the rooms.

The place has recently been bought by a South Korean company, whose plans are to re-inject the place with the wealth it once knew, including a casino. The road leading up to it has been re-laid without a pot hole in sight. A space so infested with history, it's a shame it first became a tourist attraction, which brought with it picnic tables and food outlets and second it's going to be decorated over, smothered.

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3 thoughts on “Bokor National Park

  1. Wow! I am looking forward to seeing this to its former majestic look! I wasn’t able to visit this though. If you plan to visit the Philippines, just let me know. I’ve got tips too. Or you can just visit my travel website if you like. Cheers!

    • As a matter of fact, we do plan to go to the Philippines! I’d love to hear some about some different and interesting places and anything about food!! 😀

      Thank you for your comment.

      • That would be awesome, Emma! I am in the process of redoing my website to provide free destination guides to fellow travelers. The website was hacked a couple of years back and left me with blank pages so I needed to start from scratch. But will definitely fill it a day at a time. 😉

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