Ghost town – Mt Bokor
During my trip to Cambodia in 2007 I travelled high up one particular mountain to the former French hill station of Mt Bokor. Located in the south, Mt Bokor was a summer resort for the French thanks to its cool weather and stunning views. Not much is left now in what has been designated a national park (or similar) but there is accommodation, just not in the old hotel.
The buildings left behind when the French departed are ghosts of their former selves. Impressive in size and design but with flaking paint and plaster, windowless facades hint at the dark, unlit, unfurnished interiors. It was a fascinating place to visit. The old hotel was possibly the eeriest structure. It was huge. The facade hinted at its former grandeur, but the inside was gutted, dark and empty. The one hitch to visiting Mt Bokor? The lengthy and somewhat uncomfortable trip up the mountain. The road has not been maintained in many places leading to ute sized potholes and a very bumpy ride. Our trip in the back of a pick up took many, many hours (pretty much all day) and at least one person ended up with fist sized bruises from the bumps. The views however, were totally worth it.
It was certainly impressive up close and we got to have a really good look inside – provided you remembered your torch.
The orange fungus was on quite a lot of the buildings. The near perpetual misty air probably helps it along.
It was nice and creepy inside the Church too. All the fixtures were intact, it was just all left to rot.
So, as mentioned, it’s a long uncomfortable journey (and some on my trip disliked it) but if you’re in the neighbourhood – I highly recommend it.