We leave behind the beaches of Kep and pass through the charming river town of Kampot where we can stop for some refreshments. We then take the winding road that winds through the dense jungle of Bokor National Park. This is a beautiful road with an ugly past, that several hundred contract workers perished
during its construction after the First World War.
We emerge on a plateau and see the remains of the Black Palace, one of the former residences of King Sihanouk here. The view is incredible, as the jungle falls away from the coast below. We continue to the abandoned hill station of Bokor, a fresh retreat from the heat of the Cambodian plains for French settlers.
We explore some of the dilapidated buildings here, including the old Catholic church which is strangely located on the hill and the shell of the Bokor Palace Hotel, once the most sanitary address in town. There are also the remains of an old casino here and a Le Corbusier house designed.
After exploring the historical remains of Bokor, we head towards Popokvil Falls, a beautiful waterfall nestled in the jungle. We have a picnic at this picturesque place. There may be a chance for a swim, but it depends on the season, as falls can be just a net in the dry season.
Later, we travel down the mountain and head west towards the seaside resort of Sihanoukville, home to the most beautiful beaches of Cambodia. This lovely road passes under the shadow of Bokor Mountain and runs along the coastline for much of its length. We pass through some pretty fishing villages before arriving in the small town of Veau Renh on National Road 4. We head south towards Sihanoukville, check into our hotel and leave the rest of the day free to enjoy the beautiful beaches And warm waters.
Overnight in Sihanoukville