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Kampot, Kep and Bokor Mountain - Lots of pics - Latest Feb 2018

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Landscaping completion is close

 

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Out from the road

The official opening was either Friday the 9th or Sat 10th of Feb - prob the 10th to suit Chinese New Year

 

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First casualties - the array of food and drink stores opposite the hotel which were popular with all tourists

The land in front has all been graded and the shops will be destroyed - the vendors had their leases terminated and told to move on as the hotel now lease the land

Such a shame - most are moving to the waterfall where I think they have a new place to reopen

 

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by John Bingham » Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:14 pm

Duncan wrote: 
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:41 am
bangkokhooker wrote: 
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:31 am
Is it correct that it’s never actually been a casino?

I bet my bottom dollar that you're wrong.
There was only a casino in the Bokor Place hotel for a brief period in the late 1960s.
The Hotel Sangkum Casino was around for longer. 
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Here's a description from 1963:
This is a brick two-storey house with stone facing whose prince said it can attract tourists flows. To save the local corporation has however ruled that the game would be reserved for foreigners. No Cambodians would be allowed.

The first vision of the casino is disappointing. This is an unpretentious building, the size of a large house. Around, parking, a reservoir and a series of arbitrary structures in various stages of construction or destruction.

At the entrance to the casino in a panel Khmer, Vietnamese and Cambodian Chinese announcement that no one is allowed inside to play. Just inside the door, behind a sign that says "police control" in letters 30 cm high, sit two policemen wearing large revolvers. Their job is to keep Cambodians outside.

The games are held in two large rooms, each about 12 meters by 6, and four smaller ones. On doors, panels "Russian Poker", "Domino", "Majong" or "Twelve Bete". Inside there are tables and simple chairs - and a set limit of 20,000 riels.

The highlight of the Bokor casino is one of the larger rooms, which is marked "Roulette" in red neon and contains a single roulette. Here, the limit is 35,000 riels.

There is music in any of the six rooms. No beverage is served. And while the croupiers seem impeccable in their skirts and light blue shirts, they are far from pretty

The highlight of the Bokor, it's the weekend. Over 100 to 300 players visit the casino to risk their money on a turn card or the rotation of a wheel. In these moments, the Bokor Palace can accommodate up to 40 overnight guests.

But neither the hotel nor the casino never received the crowd hoped for by the prince spoke of his hopes for the Bokor with great enthusiasm. Most of the time the station staff far exceeds its visitors. Most nights, the ball "Roulette" is running just to amuse the bored croupiers. .
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I think this picture is from 1969:

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We went into the likely looking store to see what it was to become - yes a wholesale store is the result not a restaurant as yet. 

Asked if we could buy some stuff and were taken over to the big greenhouse to pick some organic vegies by one of the staff

 

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Do you know if Mr Cheer or the Municipality have got any plans for sealed roads to and within the International Village ?


The development plan for Kampot says yes

Land alongside the railway tracks have been earmarked for a 4 lane road to bypass Kampot town and presumably link to the port and National Hway 3 - this fits with the proposed new bridge further up the Tuek Chhu river. The partially sealed road in the Int Village, which leads to the Wat at The Base of the mountain and supposedly favoured by the King, is meant to join/ access the new highway

Daily I see cars and motorbikes with Khmer and Barang scouting the area for land to buy tho not many Chinese it seems - more and more 'for sale' signs going up as well. 

Apparently the Malaysian company building a 3 storey hotel and 15 villas just off the main road in the Int Village have signed a long term lease for the entire resort recently.

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More greenhouse

 

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