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Bokor National Park is in Cambodia.
Bokor hill station was built by the French in the 1920s to be used as a retreat from the heat of the plains. Many Khmer died during the construction of the road and hill station and many others suffered due to the increased taxes needed to finance the project.
Flora and fauna
Wild Elephant and Tiger.
Nice cool mountain air during the day but it can get cold at night so bring warm clothes when staying overnight.
2 day treks up & down with an overnight stay can be arranged.
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.
20,000 riel (USD5) per person, payable at the park headquarters.
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.
Ruins of The Black Palace, Church, and Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino
Waterfall (only in the rainy season)
Fantastic views of the surrounding area.
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.
A website on Bokor Mountain can be found at The Bokor Website
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.
The Ranger Station offer some simple dorm room for a price at US$5 per person. There is however 1 double bed room also.
Mines are not common 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.
Only one way out. The same bad road you used going up.