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Bokor Mountain

Posted by barb50 on 2/8/2011 at 13:30

Hi Guys

Has any one been up Bokor Mountain (in a vehicle) recently that is this year 2011!.

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Posted by eastwest on 2/8/2011 at 16:28

I doubt you'll get a positive answer on this one.

Bokor is closed for private vehicles, if that is what you meant. They only allow private vehicles on the big public holidays like Khmer new year. It also means that you'll be together with hundreds/thousands of khmers then so if you were looking for a little seclusion that is also not the way to go. It can be fun though.

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Posted by Couderc on 4/8/2011 at 17:13

Hi
We went up on Chinese NY 2010 with the owner of Orchid Guesthouse in Kampot in a small group by car. Not too many people once we got there either - definitely worth it. Otherwise you can trek up on foot if you're into a physical workout.

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Posted by Couderc on 4/8/2011 at 17:13

Hi
We went up on Chinese NY 2010 with the owner of Orchid Guesthouse in Kampot in a small group by car. Not too many people once we got there either - definitely worth it. Otherwise you can trek up on foot if you're into a physical workout.

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Posted by barb50 on 5/8/2011 at 08:15

Hi Everyone

Thanks for your replies. I am organising with a tour operator to go all the way to the top of Bokor in a vehicle - the operator says the road is open and can go all the way - time will tell. Will overnight at the rangers quarters and return to Kep next day early morning. Not doing the trek to the waterfall or boat ride back in Kampot. Hoping at this time of the year there will NOT be hundreds/thousands of Khmers or hundreds and thousands of anyone else!! I believe construction has begun on the new resort/hotels/golf course and the construction staff are living in the old buildings except for the old Casino. I have been up Bokor twice - 2001 on the back of a motor bike and 2006 back of a truck - the road was atrocious both times and some mud slides to negotiate. Will let you know how we get along. Doing this end September 2011.

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Posted by Biancarose on 17/8/2011 at 08:42

I took a tour up Bokor at the end of July. The road was still dirt in places but well graded and almost complete. We visited the abandoned casino but they had just started putting scaffolding up and were starting repair work. We were able to walk around the building but could not go inside. That was a bit disappointing.

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Posted by eskim0 on 20/8/2011 at 19:01

Hi all.

About a week ago I attempted to enter Bokor by motorbike. The guard at the gate refused me entry (after some discussion) on the basis that my bike was not suitable to traverse the wet and winding road. He said nothing about private tours etc, but of course his excuse could have been a smokescreen. For a little while it seemed he may have let us through, but no joy in the end.

He may well have been giving me good advice - I would hate to have paid him off only to find out that my bike was indeed inadequate half way up. Note that you shouldn't bother arguing with them either, as they have automatic weapons!

Moral of the story: Book through a tour company.

Hope this helps.

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Posted by eastwest on 20/8/2011 at 19:15

This seems to be a recurring theme.
Good post from Eskim.

Bokor is in private ownership now. Private vehicles are not allowed to go up as Eskim has stated. The road is in decent condition though and, depending on the bike, bikes should be able to get up. But as Eskim has said they won't allow you.
Private tours are allowed for the moment because they have a standing deal with the owners to go up until the owner decides otherwise.

Still, they can close for a day if they like so always check before you go/pay.
On the mountain construction is seriously under way but the views can still be enjoyed. Although the whole place has lost that completely abandoned feel.

Enjoy still while you can

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Posted by oscarcat on 21/8/2011 at 08:47

I drove a 100cc Honda Wave (Rental) to the top of Bokor and back down on New Year's Day 2011 with no incident and two Khmers on the back. So I think unless you riding a Charly you should be ok. The road is indeed closed (to private vehicles, tours in minibus have an exemption!) except on major national holidays, mainly due to construction traffic. Whilst it is a beautifully constructed road, it remains a savage scar on the pristine hill amid various reports of decreasing and migrating wildlife. The new hotel is being built by Sokha and will open at 11:11 on the 11th of November, 2011, so I'm led to believe. I'm teaching the prospective workforce English in a "new" university in town. The old one went bust but I doubt this one will suffer the same fate with Sokha's cash and connections behind it. Private tours are still allowed up and drive some of the way and trek the rest. Followed by the generic boat trip and occasional unforeseen swim (http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011072950718/National-news/tourists-sink-boat.html.) Tours cost from $18 to $25 depending where you buy the ticket. The road was 80% complete including landscaping, walls and drainage in January and I'm reliably informed is 100% finished now.

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