Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bokor under seige

The atmospheric charm of the Bokor Palace Hotel - soon to be lost forever?
The magic of Bokor Mountain may soon be lost forever, though even the might of the Sokimex Group will not be able to stop the clouds and fog from rolling in and obscuring everything on a regular basis. This week, the ground-breaking ceremony took place on the $1 billion new development that Sokimex are putting in place to transform the summit of the mountain, located along Cambodia's southwest coastline. Access to the mountaintop has been closed until April at the earliest as Sokimex make a start on their project that will include a 12-16 storey five-star hotel, three 3-star hotels, a shopping center, residential area of apartments and villas to house 6,000 people, an amusement park, a casino and cable car system, not forgetting an Arnold Palmer golf course. What planet are these people on? The same planet that has about half a dozen satellite cities surrounding Phnom Penh in limbo due to the world's financial crisis. By the way they still haven't finished constructing the new road to the top a year after they started. And there's still no word on whether the atmospheric Bokor Palace Hotel will be renovated or torn down, most likely the latter. So with the landscape at Bokor undergoing change, Kampot will have to devise other ways to attract tourists - though with a new port, a special economic zone and a hydropower dam at Tek Chhou, these are likely to send visitors scurrying in other directions. I don't sound very optimistic do I?

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Blogger mrklatham said...

shame about bokor,i am glad that i saw it before it all changed.
Cant wait for the development to be finished,people must be queueing up to buy the villas-not.
And who will stay in the new hotels?

February 19, 2009 at 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's all about that breath-taking view, up there, and the cool climate, too. Adam Smith's "the invisible hand" economy will no doubt take over once all the major projects are completed. Sorry, Andy, I have to be optimistic.

PS: for those of us who are not familiar with Adam Smith's invisible hand economy, basically he theorized that once you build them, the market will attract people, naturally. Thanks, Andy.

February 20, 2009 at 2:07 AM  

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