Kampot

February 2005

Kampot was previously the most important coastal town in southern Cambodia, before being overshadowed by construction of the port of Sihanoukville in the late 1950's. Kampot is 148 km south of Phnom Penh and 105 km southeast of Sihanoukville.

 

Kampot is now a sleepy provincial capital of 33,000; full of colorful, crumbling French colonial buildings.

Kampot Kampot

 

Kampot Kampot

 

Kampot Kampot

 

Kampot Kampot

 

Kampot Kampot

 

Kampot Kampot

 

On our second day in town we took a tour up to Bokor, an abandoned French Hill Station. At 1080 meters it offered colonials a cool retreat during the hot season.

Bokor view

 

After a two-hour drive up a rugged gravel road, we first toured the long-abandoned Black Palace, a guesthouse for King Sihanouk. There is even an adjacent 'Ladies house' to lodge the royal concubines.

Black Palace Black Palace

 

Next we went for a walk in the jungle. Here's Don with a carnivorous pitcher plant.

jungle carnivorous pitcher plant

 

Bokor's star attraction is the Bokor Palace, formerly a hotel / casino. Now it's a beautiful, eerie, empty concrete shell.

Bokor Palace Bokor Palace

 

Bokor Palace Bokor Palace

 

The hill station also has a variety of other buildings including a church and some art-deco houses.

Bokor church Bokor art-deco house

 

Back in town later, we relaxed at the Kampot Guest House.

Kampot Guest House Kampot Guest House

 

Next day we headed to Phnom Penh

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