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'''Bokor National Park''' is in [[Cambodia]].
 
'''Bokor National Park''' is in [[Cambodia]].
 
[[Image:Bokor_Palace_Hotel.JPG|right|Ruins of Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino]]  
 
[[Image:Bokor_Palace_Hotel.JPG|right|Ruins of Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino]]  
==Understand==
 
The main attraction in Bokor National Park is the old French hill station at 1000m which can be visited as a day trip from [[Kampot]] or [[Sihanoukville]].
 
  
===History===
 
Bokor hill station was built by the French in the 1920s to be used as a retreat from the heat of the plains, a pre-air conditionning strategy familiar in all of Asia.
 
  
===Landscape===
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===Understand===
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The main attraction in Bokor National Park is the old French hill station at 1,080m which can be visited as a day trip from [[Kampot]] or [[Sihanoukville]].
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===History===
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Bokor Hill Station was built by the French in the 1920s to be used as a retreat from the heat of the plains, a pre-air conditionning strategy familiar in all of Asia.
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The Old French Palace is a hauntingly beautiful colonial building constructed by French settlers in 1917 and completed in 1925 for the French social elites who were living in Cambodia and needed an escape from the humidity and heat of Phnom Penh. In the 1950s and 60s, the Old French Palace was used as a casino during the time of Prince Sihanouk. It is frequently used as a movie location, the most famous being City of Ghosts, starring Matt Dillon.
  
 
===Flora and fauna===
 
===Flora and fauna===
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===Climate===
 
===Climate===
 
Nice cool mountain air during the day but it can get cold at night so bring warm clothes when staying overnight.
 
Nice cool mountain air during the day but it can get cold at night so bring warm clothes when staying overnight.
 
 
*** CLOSED *** As of February 2008 the road up the hill is closed to traffic, possibly for 2 - 3 years, while a new road is constructed and a casino resort is built. 2 day treks up & down with an overnight stay can be arranged. Despite this, not only has the road now improved, access is still often available especially on or near major Khmer festivals.The only way to find out, is to ask in Kampot, as the situation can change from day to day.
 
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
 
The turn off to the park is located 8km from [[Kampot]] and 95km from [[Sihanoukville]] on National Route #3. The main entrance and park headquarters are about 1 km from the main road. From there it is another 32km uphill to reach the summit.
 
The turn off to the park is located 8km from [[Kampot]] and 95km from [[Sihanoukville]] on National Route #3. The main entrance and park headquarters are about 1 km from the main road. From there it is another 32km uphill to reach the summit.
  
As of October 2008, the road to Bokor is officially closed due to ongoing reconstruction (or construction). Therefore independent access seems to be impossible. However, it is still possible to arrange a trip through local travel agents. Apparently there is some bribery of local officials involved. This is also the reason for a sharp increase in prices of such trips to ca. 40 USD per person (for a one-day trip in a 4WD).
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As of October 2008, the road to Bokor was officially closed due to   construction of a new road by the Sokimex,however in 2012 the road was finished & now it takes just 1 hour to arrive from Kampot.It is still possible to arrange a trip through local travel agents for around 8 US$/including lunch.
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Trekking tours for US$18-$20 can be booked in town, including lunch.
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As in August 2012,there's a direct A.C bus from the "Thansur Bokor Highland Office" in Phnom Penh that takes just 4 hours & costs US$ 10/Pax at 7:30 A.M & 13:30 P.M.
  
==Fees/Permits==
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The same direct A.C bus goes from the "Thansur Bokor Highland Resort",in Bokor Hill Station, to Phnom Penh at 8:30 A.M & 18:00 P.M.
  
20,000 riel (USD5) per person, payable at the park headquarters.
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This is the address of the office in Phnom Penh:-
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Corner street 154 and 13(Near Kandal Market) Sangkat Chey Chumneas Khan Daun Penh,Phnom Penh
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Tel:-097-819-7777 / 097-729-6666
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Website:- www.thansurbokor.com
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==Fees/Permits==
  
If you book through a tour agent it will now cost US$40, not US$10 as quoted by Lonely Planet and other guides. This is due to a recent sharp increase in the entrance fee for the park
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The park has no entrance fee.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
The road up to the hill station is in terrible shape so prepare for a bumpy ride. It is possible to do the trip on a 125cc motor scooter but this is quite a back-breaking option. Large dirt bikes are also available for rent in Kampot which would be the better option for people that have experience riding them.
 
  
Alternatively rent a car or scooter with a driver. The locals know the road very well and will manage the trip to the top in about 2 hours.
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As of August 2012, the road up the hill station has been completely finished to be built for a new 5-star (and a 3-star?) hotel being constructed on the top of the Hill station. Trekking tours for US$18-$20 can be booked in town, including lunch. It is not actually a trekking tour but just an hour one-way trek upwards after 20-30 minutes travelling up from the entrance. It is noted that it might not be possible to travel up yourself but only with guide as of July 2011. The starting price for the package inclusive of sunset boat ride (which cost about US$5) is US$8.
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Alternatively hire a taxi for US$50-60 for a 1 day trip.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
Ruins of The Black Palace, Church, and Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino
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Ruins of The Black Palace( Situated 10 km from the hill station)
  
Waterfall (only in the rainy season)  
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The Catholic church
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The Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino
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Popokvil Waterfall (only in the rainy season)
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Wat Sampeau Moi Roi= A pagoda built in built in 1924 that affords tremendous views over the jungle to the coastline below, including Vietnam's Phu Quoc Island.
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Unfortunately the shell of the old Bokor Post Office has been demolished in 2010.
  
 
Fantastic views of the surrounding area.
 
Fantastic views of the surrounding area.
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There is the visit to the Popokvil waterfalls. You can get there by car, followed by a short walk. While generally they tend not to have much water, this situation is augmented shortly after rain and during the monsoon.
 
There is the visit to the Popokvil waterfalls. You can get there by car, followed by a short walk. While generally they tend not to have much water, this situation is augmented shortly after rain and during the monsoon.
 
A website on Bokor Mountain can be found at [http://kampot.sihanoukville-cambodia.com/  The Bokor Website]
 
 
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
 
Behind the Bokor Palace hotel, there is some stall set up that offer basic food and cold drink during the days.  
 
Behind the Bokor Palace hotel, there is some stall set up that offer basic food and cold drink during the days.  
  
Inside the Ranger Station, you are allow to cook some simple meal as long as you pay for the US$5 lodging. Do remember to bring your own food as buying from the ranger store offer limited and expensive option.
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There is a new 4 star Hotel called the "Thansur Bokor Highland Resort" ,1 km downhill the Catholic church, offering rooms from US$40 to US$65 during weekdays and US$50 to US$75 during weekends & public holidays, for standard rooms with A.C & cable T.V.The hotel has a huge restaurant with buffet & of course a casino for gamblers.Thansur Bokor Highland Resort has more than a dozen dining areas with enticing cuisines at every price range all in one convenient location at 1080 meters above sea level.They can partake in Khmer cuisine, Chinese fare, Japanese delicacies, Western favorites, Asian buffet delights, noodles of Asia, International buffet, pastries, gourmet sandwiches and grill, just to name a few.
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Tel:-0336868001
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Website:- www.thansurbokor.com
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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The "Thansur Bokor Highland Resort" offers an extensive choice of liquors,through prices are still higher than most places in Cambodia as everything is transported from Phnom Penh & Kampot.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
The Ranger Station offer some simple dorm room for a price at US$5 per person. There is however 1 double bed room also.
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For now the only place to stay in the hill station is the newly constructed "Thansur Bokor Highland Resort" ,1 km downhill the Catholic church, offering rooms from US$40 to US$65 during weekdays and US$50 to US$75 during weekends & public holidays, for standard rooms with A.C & cable T.V.The hotel has a restaurant with buffet & of course a casino for gamblers.
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===Camping===
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Tel:-0336868001
  
===Backcountry===
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Website:- www.thansurbokor.com
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The Ranger station has been closed for visitors from 2009,as it's used for overnighting by the construction workers.
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
Mines are not common but it is still advised you stay on existing paths.
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Mines are not common and have been cleared from the top of the hill twice (as of March 2011) (but it is still advised you stay on existing paths)
  
 
Tigers are very rare but still avoid trekking into the bush at dusk and at night when they are most active.
 
Tigers are very rare but still avoid trekking into the bush at dusk and at night when they are most active.
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The park is huge with many trails which are not marked or maintained. Hire a ranger if you have any doubts about your route.
 
The park is huge with many trails which are not marked or maintained. Hire a ranger if you have any doubts about your route.
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==Get out==
 
==Get out==
Only one way out. The same bad road you used going up.
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You can either hitch a ride to Kampot for around US$4-5 or take a direct A.C bus from the "Thansur Bokor Highland Resort" to Phnom Penh at 8:30 P.M & 18:30 P.M.The cost is US$10 and the A.C bus takes around 4 hours to reach Phnom Penh,where they can drop you anywhere you want around the city.
  
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Revision as of 14:47, 3 October 2012

Bokor National Park is in Cambodia.

Ruins of Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino












Contents

Understand

The main attraction in Bokor National Park is the old French hill station at 1,080m which can be visited as a day trip from Kampot or Sihanoukville.

History

Bokor Hill Station was built by the French in the 1920s to be used as a retreat from the heat of the plains, a pre-air conditionning strategy familiar in all of Asia. The Old French Palace is a hauntingly beautiful colonial building constructed by French settlers in 1917 and completed in 1925 for the French social elites who were living in Cambodia and needed an escape from the humidity and heat of Phnom Penh. In the 1950s and 60s, the Old French Palace was used as a casino during the time of Prince Sihanouk. It is frequently used as a movie location, the most famous being City of Ghosts, starring Matt Dillon.

Flora and fauna

Wild Elephant and Tiger.

Climate

Nice cool mountain air during the day but it can get cold at night so bring warm clothes when staying overnight.

Get in

The turn off to the park is located 8km from Kampot and 95km from Sihanoukville on National Route #3. The main entrance and park headquarters are about 1 km from the main road. From there it is another 32km uphill to reach the summit.

As of October 2008, the road to Bokor was officially closed due to construction of a new road by the Sokimex,however in 2012 the road was finished & now it takes just 1 hour to arrive from Kampot.It is still possible to arrange a trip through local travel agents for around 8 US$/including lunch. Trekking tours for US$18-$20 can be booked in town, including lunch. As in August 2012,there's a direct A.C bus from the "Thansur Bokor Highland Office" in Phnom Penh that takes just 4 hours & costs US$ 10/Pax at 7:30 A.M & 13:30 P.M.

The same direct A.C bus goes from the "Thansur Bokor Highland Resort",in Bokor Hill Station, to Phnom Penh at 8:30 A.M & 18:00 P.M.

This is the address of the office in Phnom Penh:- Corner street 154 and 13(Near Kandal Market) Sangkat Chey Chumneas Khan Daun Penh,Phnom Penh

Tel:-097-819-7777 / 097-729-6666

Website:- www.thansurbokor.com

Fees/Permits

The park has no entrance fee.

Get around

As of August 2012, the road up the hill station has been completely finished to be built for a new 5-star (and a 3-star?) hotel being constructed on the top of the Hill station. Trekking tours for US$18-$20 can be booked in town, including lunch. It is not actually a trekking tour but just an hour one-way trek upwards after 20-30 minutes travelling up from the entrance. It is noted that it might not be possible to travel up yourself but only with guide as of July 2011. The starting price for the package inclusive of sunset boat ride (which cost about US$5) is US$8. Alternatively hire a taxi for US$50-60 for a 1 day trip.

See

Ruins of The Black Palace( Situated 10 km from the hill station)

The Catholic church

The Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino

Popokvil Waterfall (only in the rainy season)

Wat Sampeau Moi Roi= A pagoda built in built in 1924 that affords tremendous views over the jungle to the coastline below, including Vietnam's Phu Quoc Island.

Unfortunately the shell of the old Bokor Post Office has been demolished in 2010.

Fantastic views of the surrounding area.

Do

There are several walking tracks ranging in duration from 2 hours to 8 hours. Beware though that none of the tracks are currently maintained so it is best to hire a ranger for your own safety.

There is the visit to the Popokvil waterfalls. You can get there by car, followed by a short walk. While generally they tend not to have much water, this situation is augmented shortly after rain and during the monsoon.

Eat

Behind the Bokor Palace hotel, there is some stall set up that offer basic food and cold drink during the days.

There is a new 4 star Hotel called the "Thansur Bokor Highland Resort" ,1 km downhill the Catholic church, offering rooms from US$40 to US$65 during weekdays and US$50 to US$75 during weekends & public holidays, for standard rooms with A.C & cable T.V.The hotel has a huge restaurant with buffet & of course a casino for gamblers.Thansur Bokor Highland Resort has more than a dozen dining areas with enticing cuisines at every price range all in one convenient location at 1080 meters above sea level.They can partake in Khmer cuisine, Chinese fare, Japanese delicacies, Western favorites, Asian buffet delights, noodles of Asia, International buffet, pastries, gourmet sandwiches and grill, just to name a few. Tel:-0336868001

Website:- www.thansurbokor.com

Drink

The "Thansur Bokor Highland Resort" offers an extensive choice of liquors,through prices are still higher than most places in Cambodia as everything is transported from Phnom Penh & Kampot.

Sleep

For now the only place to stay in the hill station is the newly constructed "Thansur Bokor Highland Resort" ,1 km downhill the Catholic church, offering rooms from US$40 to US$65 during weekdays and US$50 to US$75 during weekends & public holidays, for standard rooms with A.C & cable T.V.The hotel has a restaurant with buffet & of course a casino for gamblers.

Tel:-0336868001

Website:- www.thansurbokor.com

The Ranger station has been closed for visitors from 2009,as it's used for overnighting by the construction workers.

Stay safe

Mines are not common and have been cleared from the top of the hill twice (as of March 2011) (but it is still advised you stay on existing paths)

Tigers are very rare but still avoid trekking into the bush at dusk and at night when they are most active.

Poachers hunt deep in the park, hire a ranger when trekking in these areas.

The park is huge with many trails which are not marked or maintained. Hire a ranger if you have any doubts about your route.

Get out

You can either hitch a ride to Kampot for around US$4-5 or take a direct A.C bus from the "Thansur Bokor Highland Resort" to Phnom Penh at 8:30 P.M & 18:30 P.M.The cost is US$10 and the A.C bus takes around 4 hours to reach Phnom Penh,where they can drop you anywhere you want around the city.



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