The most common question we get is, “What’s there to do around here?” Depending on how long you stay, the answer is, “LOADS!” If you’re only here for one day, then the answer is, “BOKOR MOUNTAIN!” (sorry for yelling.)
Here’s how that conversation will go:
What’s the best way to see it?
- Drive yourself! Rent a motorbike from Mr. Bison ($4-$5 per day depending on the season), located directly across from us. He rents 125 CC Airblades (the Cadillac of motorbikes), which are automatic “twist-and-go.”
- It’s a brand new road, but please remember it’s still a winding mountain pass. If you’ve never driven before, don’t use a mountain as practice. Sign up for a tour.
How do I get there from here?
- Turn right out of our gates and keeping going straight until you hit the river.
- Turn right again, keeping the river on your lefthand side.
- Drive until you reach the New Bridge — not to be confused with the Old Bridge. The difference is the Old Bridge looks old (obviously) and will be the first bridge you come to. The second bridge is the New Bridge and is massive.
- Follow that road like you’re going to Sihanoukville.
- You’ll see Bokor National Park on the right. You can’t miss it as it has 7 gold statues of what can only be described as centaurs, but instead of being half horse, they’re half chicken.
- It should cost about 2000 riel ($.50). If they say a dollar, whatever, it’s not worth the argument. If they say $4, that’s wrong.
What’s the weather like?
- Um. Well. You see, Bokor has a different climate zone than Kampot Town, so it’s impossible for us to know. It’s best to look at the mountain from town and see if it’s submerged in clouds.
- Do take a jacket or long-sleeved shirt. It will either be freezing cold, or you’ll get sunburned on the drive up.
- There are two distinct Bokor Mountain weather forecasts: sunny and beautiful with a slight breeze, with views as far as Vietnam, and foggy with low visibility where you’ll freeze your nuts off. The latter makes the abandoned buildings look like any Dickensian BBC film.
- Bonus forecast: if you’re there on an extra-special day, you might stand above the rain clouds and, possibly, experience vertigo.
Are there a lot of people?
- Not Angkor Wat amounts of people, but if you go on the weekend, you’ll run into more tourists (and traffic going up and down the mountain).
- There aren’t too many selfie sticks, though. It’s mostly families picnicking in the abandoned villas or friends taking turns on the pagoda’s cliff-top platform, posing for their new Facebook profile pictures.
Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.