Bokor Hill station The town was built as a resort by colonial French settlers to offer an escape from the heat, humidity and general insalubrity of Phnom Penh.
Bokor Hill was abandoned first by the French in late 1940s, during the First Indochina War, because of local insurrections guided by the Khmer Issarak, and then for good in 1972, as Khmer Rouge took over the area. During the Vietnamese invasion in 1979, Khmer Rouge entrenched themselves and held on tightly for months. In the early 1990s Bokor Hill was still one of the last strongholds of Khmer Rouge.
For years it was left abandoned and in fact was used in the filming , "The City of Ghosts". At the top is a small temple an there building a new larger one as well.
In 2008 or so the Sokimex group built a new 32 kms road to the top an in 2012 the casino/hotel opened along with lodging for the employees plus there are plans to create a larger Bokor City.
I wish i had had the chance to see it before but u can thru these photos, http://www.artificialowl.net/2009/08/abandoned-resort-of-bokor-mountain.html
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