Cardamom Mountains

Named for the spice trees that grow abundantly on its eastern slopes, the Cardamom Mountains are home to the Bokor Mountain Hill Station, once filled with French colonial elites seeking to escape the tropical heat. During the late 1970s, the Cardamom Mountains were the last refuge for the Khmer Rouge, and the site of constant battles; it was only after their defeat in the mid-1990s that life was restored to a peaceful normality, and tourists began to once again visit the region.

Today, the Cardamom Mountains are a seldom visited corner of Cambodia that nonetheless offers ample activities for outdoors enthusiasts. A particularly noteworthy sight in the area is Kompong Trach, a series of limestone caves by flowing water and time into a number of strange, otherworldly formations.

Named for the spice trees that grow abundantly on its eastern slopes, the Cardamom Mountains are home to the Bokor Mountain Hill Station, once filled with French colonial elites seeking to escape the tropical heat. During the late 1970s, the Cardamom Mountains were the last refuge for the Khmer Rouge, and the site of constant battles; it was only after their defeat in the mid-1990s that life was restored to a peaceful normality, and tourists began to once again visit the region.

Today, the Cardamom Mountains are a seldom visited corner of Cambodia that nonetheless offers ample activities for outdoors enthusiasts. A particularly noteworthy sight in the area is Kompong Trach, a series of limestone caves by flowing water and time into a number of strange, otherworldly formations.

Experiences

Bokor Palace

Visit Bokor Palace, a former French hill station, complete with a casino, from the mid-20th century. Today, it's both a ghost town and national park. Bokor Mountain was used as the setting for the movie “City of Ghosts,” starring Matt Dillon and James Caan.

Helicopter Tour

Charter a private helicopter to the base of the Cardamom Mountains. This region of lush flora and abundant fauna - animal prints are common sightings, if not the wildlife themselves - offers excellent hiking opportunities.

Kompong Trach

Discover Kompong Trach, famed for its Wat Kirisan Temple based at the foot of Phnom Sor mountain. Explore the amazing array of hidden caves and limestone formations, including the "Cave of 1,000 Rice Fields" - so named for its resemblance to an actual landscape of paddies.

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