Le Bokor Palace - Bokor Hill Station

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The old casino - now under renovation.

Lonely Planet writes: The eerie ruins of the old French hill station of Bokor, high atop Phnom Bokor (1080m), are known for their cool - even chilly - mountain climate and dramatic vistas of the coastal plain, one vertical kilometre below.

By the early 1920s a French holiday settlement had been established and a grand hotel-casino, the Bokor Palace, was inaugurated in 1925.

The hill station was twice abandoned: first when Vietnamese and Khmer Issarak (Free Khmer) forces overran it in the late 1940s while fighting for independence from France, and again in 1972 when the Lon Nol regime left it to the Khmer Rouge forces that were steadily taking over the countryside. It has been uninhabited ever since - except for the presence of either Vietnamese troops or Khmer Rouge guerrillas during much of the '80s and '90s. Because of its commanding position, the site was strategically important to all sides during the long years of conflict and was one location the Vietnamese really had to fight for during their 1979 invasion. The Khmer Rouge held out for several months, with one unit holed up in the Catholic church while the Vietnamese shot at them from the Bokor Palace, 500m away.

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Ehsan1980 on November 16, 2013



ԁk‒cam on January 17, 2014

Thank you Ehsan for your beautiful shot.

Kind regards, Finn

miru3po on January 22, 2014



ԁk‒cam on January 22, 2014

Thank you minu3po for the visit.

Kind regards, Finn

Frank Jeßen on January 26, 2014

Cheap prices for a room in there ... ;-) ?

I'm a fan of your "non-digital" photos!

ԁk‒cam on January 27, 2014

Thank you Frank for your visit.

Kind regards, Finn

정인우 on January 28, 2014

Hello ~~

Fantastic shot , very nice picture.

Very good photo ! Like it ! !!

Thank you so much my dear ...

ԁk‒cam on January 29, 2014

Thank you 정인우 for your visit.

Kind regards, Finn

peter kock on March 23, 2014

This is weird!!

Actualy I'm a bit disapointed they're rebuilding the old hotel......It was so beautiful, abandoned.

But I guess that's economic progress....:)

Greetings, I added you fav.photogr.


Tajmah on March 24, 2014

Sehr schönes Foto, bravo

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es gefällt mir Aussicht und Farben, alles passt.

Grüße aus Österreich

ԁk‒cam on March 28, 2014

Thank you Peter and Tajmah for your visits here.

Kind regards, Finn

+L C наилучшими пожеланиями из Карелии, Fen

ԁk‒cam on November 9

Thank you Fen for the visit here and for your nice comment.

Kind regards, Finn

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  • Uploaded on August 29, 2013
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    by ԁk‒cam
    • Camera: Canon EOS 60D
    • Taken on 2013/08/05 14:43:43
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