Bokor National Park

Kampot Province

The dense rainforests of this 1581-sq-km park shelter an incredible array of wildlife, including the Asiatic black bear, Malayan sun bear, clouded leopard, pileated gibbon, pig-tailed macaque, slow loris and pangolin. Elephants and tigers once roamed here, but the tigers were driven out long ago and the elephants are thought to have migrated north. Trekking trips up to the hill station used to be very popular, but these days most people arrive by vehicle on new roads.

More than 300 species of bird, including several types of hornbill, also live here. Don't expect to see much terrestrial wildlife – most of the animals are nocturnal and survive by staying in more remote parts of the park. Long kept off the tourist map due to Khmer Rouge activity, Bokor today is still threatened by poaching, illegal logging and development. The summit of Phnom Bokor, once home only to the abandoned buildings of Bokor Hill Station, is now part of a multimillion-dollar tourism development, while in the southeast the Kamchay hydropower project has flooded a small section of the park.

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Nearby Kampot Province attractions

1. Wat Sampov Pram

0.86 MILES

In the rare absence of fog, lichen-caked Wat Sampov Pram (Five Boats Wat) offers tremendous views over the jungle to the coastline below, including…

2. Catholic Church


The squat belfry of the Romanesque Catholic church still holds aloft its cross, and fragments of glass brick cling to the corners of the nave windows; one…

3. Le Bokor Palace

1.37 MILES

Bokor's most iconic building, Le Bokor Palace opened in 1925 as a hotel before being abandoned in the 1960s. In 2018 it was brought back to life and today…

4. Popokvil Falls

2.34 MILES

From the junction at the top of the access road, take a right and head east/northeast for about 4km along a sealed road to two-tiered Popokvil Falls,…

5. Tek Chhouu Rapids

7.68 MILES

Popular with locals, these modest rapids at the end of Tek Chhouu Rd northwest of Kampot are surrounded by food stalls and picnicking platforms. A tuk tuk…

6. Old French Bridge

10.87 MILES

Destroyed during the Khmer Rouge period, Kampot's old French bridge was later repaired in a mishmash of styles. It is now open to motorbikes and…

7. Old Market

11.01 MILES

Kampot's Old Market building, with its art-deco-style concrete facade, was constructed during the 1930s. Various shops, travel agencies and cafes rim both…

8. Durian Roundabout

11.08 MILES

Kampot is famed for its durian, so what could be more fitting than a giant durian monument in celebration of the Marmite of fruit?