It seems that reviews are polarized on this trip, some people loved it for the road-trip and the views of South east Cambodia (and even Vietnam on a clear day). Some people hated it because of the huge amount of construction going on there.
Personally I belong to the first group, I hired a motorbike and went off exploring with no real plan excet a vague list of things to see and a rough map of the area.
The road is immaculate for riding. if you enjoy riding a motorbike this makes the entire trip worthwhile. Long smooth sweeping curves with good visability and a fantastic road surface. If I could have hired a Harley somewhere I would still be riding up and down this road non-stop.
As I didn't have any real plans or expectations for the trip I wasn't as dissapointed as some to find the huge construction site near the "new casino" Mountain Retreat. If you are looking for natural beauty you will find it, if you're looking for the historical buildings they are slowly being enveloped by the new constructions, if you're looking for a great ride in the country this is it.
Somewhere between finding the old catholic church and finding the old French casino a fog rolled in and made the whole place so eerie that I felt like I was in a Hitchcock film, but within a half hour the fog dissapeard again and it was back to the sunny (and yet quite cool) day.
I can imagine how depressing it would be to be part of a group trip in a car/bus to the Bokor "construction site", but as a solo traveller on a motorbike with no huge expectations it was one of the highlights of my trip.
Here's some random info collected on my trip;
The 100 rice fields are not really rice fields. (4 trips around the plateau to work this out)
Lunch at the Mountain Retreat (please check if the Steamboat meal really had beef brains and beef toes? or maybe I just imagined that).
Ride a motorbike if you know how, get someone else to ride if you can't. Don't take a car/bus.
If you're going late in the day or planning on a whole day take a thin jacket it's 15 degrees cooler up there than in Kampot.
Have a close look at the Catholic church and old French casino for bullet holes in the walls, I was told the Church was the base for the Vietnamese army and the old French casino was the base for the Khmer Rouge (maybe vise versa).
There's only really 2 roads in, 2 roads out and a big loop in the middle that keeps taking you back to the New casino so don't worry about getting lost, just explore and take your time.
Toilets and food at the waterfall, Grandmother statue (can't miss that one on the way up). petrol is a bit scarce so fill up at the grandmother statue.
Wat Sampov Pram is just up the road from the New Casino and worth popping in to check out the view and see the temple.
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