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02 June 2010

The Casino at Bokor Hill Station near Kampot, Cambodia

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On our last day in Kampot, we joined a tour to Bokor Hill station, that included a ride on the back of a truck and a two hour jungle trek through thick jungle (fortunately others caught all the leeches on their bodies, not us), after which we had to ride an even more uncomfortable stretch in the back of the truck to the hilltop.

On arrival it was still covered in mist, but as we walked the hilltop and it's ruins, more and more details started to unfold. Most interesting was the casino that was build here, together with many other facilities such as a church, but the project was never finished due to lack of money. Especially the casino now lays covered in colourful plants and fungi covering it's walls. It's been stripped of everything of value, but still breathes it's splendour of days gone by. In the meantime a new similar project has been launched: the most ugly building you've ever seen, since the whole mountain has been leased to a private company by the corrupt Cambodian government. This special place will therefore soon disappear.

By mid 2010 a fair price was 21 US dollars and 20 rock-bottom for a day trip with guide and ranger, including jungle trek, transport and a very basic lunch.