Bokor's Stories & Legends

From the "Côte d'Opale" to the Emerald Valley
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Bokor’s Stories & Legends

Discovery tour in the Preah Monivong National Park for a day full of surprises.

Mount Bokor is home to a former high altitude sanitary station full of history and various biotopes that shelter, among others, carnivorous plants endemic to this mountain, as well as an incredible fauna… but you will also discover mystical sites with unsuspected legends.

This tour is for the solo traveller, families or groups.

From 2 persons

(from November through May – except on Saturday’s and Sunday’s)

The Preah Monivong National Park belongs to the Elephant Mountain, which itself is part of the Southern Cardamom Mountains. The Cardamoms are one of the last remaining primary forests in Southeast Asia with a rich diversity of biotopes and ecosystems. Every year in Cambodia we discover new plants and endemic species. A great concentration of this biodiversity can be found in the Bokor Mountain, especially the carnivorous plants such as “Nepenthes” and “Drosera”.

In the Bokor Mountain you can also find the remains of an old hill station dating back to the colonial era. It was first designed as a relaxing and refreshing place for the French settlers (to whom the Valley of Veal Rhin reminded the french Côte d’Opale), and later for the Khmer high society, offering them a retreat from the heat and insalubrity of Phnom Penh. Abandoned twice during the Indochinese period, this hill station was a full-fledged city, functioning in autarky.

This tour in the Preah Monivong National Park is for individuals, families or groups. It can be organized by private vehicle, mini-van or motorcycle as per your request. It will be an opportunity to discover the natural, historical, religious and human heritage hidden in the Bokor Mountain from its Côte d’Opale to the Emerald Valley.

 

Highlights of the Bokor Mountain Tour:

  • Discovery of the remains of the old mountain resort (Black Palace, infirmary, church, prison, old palace, agricultural station, breeding station, the Superior Resident’s chalet, etc.)
  • Discovery of a human, historical and religious heritage (Five-Boat Pagoda, an animist site)
  • Discovery of different natural environments of the Bokor Mountain (meadows, forests, rivers, rocks)
  • Discovery of the fauna and the flora (including carnivorous plants, rattan or yucca)

Purposes of the Bokor Mountain Tour:

  • To raise awareness of the natural, historical, religious and human environment of the Bokor Mountain
  • To discover an unsuspected natural heritage in the Bokor Mountain
  • To share our knowledge, to exchange and spend a pleasant moment together

Departure from your accommodation at 8:30 AM with your guide (from France). During this tour we will frequently stop to discover natural and historical sites.

The tour starts at the Black Palace and the view of the Ream Plain. Not only will you discover the history of the palace but also the story of the kings who lived there. Then we will go at the Lok Yeay Mao statue… just hear her legend and the meaning she has for Cambodia!

We will then continue our walking to discover the remains of the gardens of the old farm where tea, vegetables and fruits were growing (especially peas and strawberries) and were very famous throughout former Indochina. There was also a rosary at that time! We will also see where the former RCAF (Royal Cambodian Armed Forces) used to rest, then we will hit the road again to discover the remains of the church, the home of His Majesty King Monivong, the old palace (now fully restored), the infirmary, etc. We will also stop at the Five Boat Pagoda to see the tomb of Prince Monivong facing the Gulf of Siam.

Then we will take unbeaten tracks and go to an animist site that will help us to better understand this religious belief. Animists believe in a spirit, in a vital force, in protective spirits that animate living things, objects but also natural elements, such as stones, trees, animals or rivers. The Bokor Mountain is imbued with this belief and many animists come and stay in natural shelters all year round.

This incursion on untrod trails will lead us to wet meadows with dry zones where a great number of carnivorous plants (Droseras, Nepenthes) and rock orchids (Papilionanthe Pedencula, Dendrobiums, Pholidotas) grow. If we’re lucky, we might see the Indotestudo elongata turtle or the Great Hornbill.

We will also to discover many other plants and trees all around us, we will learn about these men and women who shaped the history of this mountain and whose stories and legends have been long forgotten…

The tour will end by discovering the model of the future city that will be built up there. With this tour in the Bokor Mountain, we want to make the travellers understand the stake of this huge project and we want them to be aware that we need to protect the environment and this rich history. Our tour is very different from what you may find in town, we take you out of the beaten tracks! The purpose is to make you discover “another Bokor”.

Back to your accommodation around 4.00 PM

ATTENTION – THIS TOUR MIGHT BE CANCELLED OR DELAYED DUE TO BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS (we can also adapt the tour and do it in a half day)

 

New tours will soon be on offer, including an 8 km hike that will allow us to enter the jungle and discover the old mountain resort of Bokor Mountain.

BY MOTORBIKE (your own rental motorbike)

From 2 persons untill 3 persons : 35 $ per day per person

From 4 persons untill 5 persons : 20 $ per day per person

For 6 personns : 16 $ per day per person

BY MINIVAN

2 persons : 100 $ / person

3 persons : 66 $ / person

4 persons : 50 $ / person

5 persons : 40 $ / person

6 persons : 33 $ / person

For groups, please contact us.

 

Included in the Price (for a 105 km tour) :

MOTO (your own rental motorbike) 

  • Visits of natural and historical sites
  • Your guide

MINI VAN

  • 1 private driver + car
  • Visits of natural and historical sites
  • Your guide
 

 

TAXI or PERSONAL MOTORBIKE RENTAL

MINI-VAN for groups

Pick up from your accommodation in Kampot. If you’re coming from outside Kampot, we will give you a meeting point, once you made a reservation.

Nature Guide (BPJEPS LTP – Federal license of mid-mountain trekker – Country Guide – France).

  • Good walking shoes
  • Clothing suitable for walking (preferably long trousers)
  • Small backpack (max 30 L)
  • Warm clothing and waterproof jacket (it can get cold up there!)
  • Personal medical kit
  • Snacks & water
  • Camera
  • Sun cream
  • Sun glasses
  • Hat

E-mail : toursdhorizonskampot@gmail.com

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Our programs can be adapted for people wishing to combine cultural discovery with sporting outings such as climbing, walking, canoeing or paddle boarding. Do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your project.

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