Friday, December 5, 2008
Bokor Palace Hotel, that sits on the lip of the mountain overlooking the Gulf of Thailand with some gorgeous views, especially when the clouds are high in the sky. However, often with low cloud, the summit of Bokor is enveloped in fog and the Palace Hotel ruins take on an altogether different air, invoking stories of ghosts and hauntings of old and more recent vintage. The city of Bokor began life in the 1920s and well-heeled Khmers and the colonizing French elite used it as their personal playground. The gambling and casino types were very much in evidence and those who lost fortunes at the tables were prone to throw themselves off the cliff to escape their woes. During the civil war, the Khmer Rouge forces fought pitched battles against both the Vietnamese and Khmer armies in the area and the Park Rangers now refuse to stay in the hotel after dark, for fear of those spirits left behind. Here are some shots of the Bokor Palace Hotel from the outside; many more photos to follow.