Bokor - The Mysterious Plateau in Cambodia

Once dubbed the "ghost city" in Cambodia, the Bokor Plateau offers visitors the ruins of old French buildings hidden in the fog. However, after many years of development, this place has revived and become a tourist attraction which is extremely attractive to many visitors to explore the mysterious beauty.


In the early 1920s, the French colonial Cambodians discovered the Bokor Plateau, with an ideal climate and geography, then they built a resort for soldiers and the royal family.


A wide range of buildings catering to the needs of cultural and entertainment complexes were built such as churches, post offices, schools, hotels and casinos.


The 1950s and 1960s were the golden age of Bokor, but when the French withdrew, the area became deserted, almost completely shut down for a long time.



The remains of the wild are still visible in the ancient architecture, mossy ruined walls. It is also because of the despair that Bokor once was dubbed "ghost town" with many mysterious stories.


After nearly half a century of sleep, Bokor Plateau was revived back in 1993 when it was decided to establish Bokor National Park. From then on, buildings like resorts, hotels, casinos, restaurants ... mushroom together to create Bokor a new vitality, more attractive in the eyes of visitors. Most prominent is Thansur Bokor Highland Resort. There are many high quality services with 5 star standard, swimming pool, restaurant, casino, bar, karaoke and Vietnamese amusement park.


Belonging to the Bokor Plateau, the Popokvil Waterfall is also a recommended site to explore. Popokvil falls in the middle of nature, consists of two waterfalls, surrounded by green grass, creating a beautiful watercolor painting. The rainy season from May to October is the ideal time for tourists to enjoy the beautiful scenery and enjoy a cool bath.


On the way down to the Sihanoukville Sea and up to the Bokor Plateau, you will encounter the giant statue of Ya Mao saint on the side of the road. With Cambodians, Bokor is governed by Saint Ya Mao, a woman associated with the legend of her husband’s seeking.  She is honored by many Cambodians, they believe that they are protected by her when travelling on the road in Bokor.


Bokor Plateau is located in the area of Bokor National Park in Kampot Province, Cambodia. From the Kampot plain, visitors have to pass the 32km long pass to reach the top of the mountain. Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the plain life, the winding road is so beautiful with the enormous blue of the forest, the birds singing, the animal calling ... The blue sky, the winding road with sharp bends, the pristine wild sea, beauty of the country's most beautiful pass open up to the sight of the visitors, making their first trip to this place so memorable.


The higher the temperature, the lower the temperature, clouds cover the mountain to give the Bokor Plateau a mysterious and attractive beauty.


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