Bumpiest drive EVER
Trip Start Oct 19, 2006
55Trip End Apr 05, 2007
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Kampot (2 hours from Sihanoukville) is the closest town to Bokor National Park where we took the absolute most crazy drive ever up the mountain on a road that was built in the 50s and has been ripped up by tanks and water running down the mountain for years
There was one set of buildings that had been someone's royal retreat - a main building, a kitchen building, a guest villa. What seemed like the dining room in the kitchen building still had some remnants of its original marble flooring.
The abandoned French hill station was really neat - a whole town with a church and a post office and all these huge buildings all with these beautiful sea views. It's apparently spooky sometimes in the mist of the rainier season, but it was clear and hot when we were there. There's an orange lichen that grew all over the walls and some people had even carved their graffiti into the lichen. The biggest building, the palace, was also a casino in its heyday. It's where they filmed City of Ghosts, with Matt Dillon, which we saw at the open-air movies place in Sihanoukville just a couple of days before. The palace was amazing - wing after wing of huge rooms with private bathrooms (with tiling still in some of them) and each one with a balcony. It was fun to wander around on the spiral stone staircases, too, until we saw one that had totally collapsed. After that we stayed pretty much on the ground floor.