Bokor City is a proposed new city in Bokor National Park, Kampot province, Cambodia. The new city was announced in August 2019 under the “Master Plan for Bokor City Development Project until 2035”. The new city will occupy about 9,000 hectares of land in the park.
The entrance to the park is 8km from Kampot, and from there it’s another 32km to the summit via a winding mountain road. Bokor City will comprise residential, commercial, mixed-use zones, and with infrastructure to support a functioning city.
Bokor National Park (also known as Preah Monivong Bokor National Park) is home to the Bokor Hill Station, which was founded by the French in 1917. The park is up to 1,075 metres above sea level, and the cool mountain is a major attraction for visitors. The station is now mostly ruins, though there is a casino on the site.
The new city is being developed by Sokimex Investment Group Co Ltd, who was granted a 99-year lease in 2012 of 18,987ha of land within the national park boundary.
Enhancement works start at Bokor Park – [27/07/21]
Bokor city to be 30,000 hectares for eco-tourism – [18/06/21]
“..the Ministry of Land Management allocated nearly 30,000 hectares of land located in Preah Monivong Bokor National Park to establish a “Smart City”, “Historical City”, and “Tourism City” in the future.”
New Bokor City gears up for council election – [05/04/21]
“Newly established Bokor City is preparing for councils to be chosen by “non-universal election”.”
‘Bokor City’ administrative area created spanning most of national park – [31/03/21]
“Three communes in Kampot province have been turned into “Bokor city,” a new administrative area slated to become the province’s second municipality located in the midst of the 150,000-hectare Preah Monivong Bokor National Park.”
‘A disgrace’: Luxury housing plans threaten Cambodia’s Bokor National Park – [25/02/21]
“The planned construction of three luxury residential estates in vital wildlife refuge and popular tourist site Bokor National Park marks the latest update in a wider tale of loss for Cambodia’s native forests.”
Investors: Money needed for Bokor National Park development – [11/03/20]
“A senior official at the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction has called on local and international investors to evaluate investment opportunities in Preah Monivong National Park in the Kampot province, citing a need for continued investment to transform the area into an attractive tourism destination.”
New city will be ‘modern tourist centre’ – [18/10/19]
New ‘Bokor City’ planned for high-end tourist destination – [01/09/19]
“The Bokor National Park area in the Preah Monivong region has been earmarked by the government for development into a historical tourist destination that caters to both domestic and international visitors.”
Government unveils plans for city in Bokor National Park – [30/08/19]
“The government yesterday announced plans to build a city in Kampot province’s Bokor National Park that will become one of the Kingdom’s main tourist draws…According to the master plan – officially known as ‘Master Plan for Bokor City Development Project until 2035’ – the new city will occupy about 5 percent of land in Bokor National Park, about 9,000 hectares.”
Bokor town plans unveiled – [27/06/19]
“Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction Chea Sophara led the meeting to develop a master plan for the development project, located in Kampot province’s Teuk Chhou district, some 42km from Kampot town.”
Expansion approved for Bokor National Park – [08/03/18]
“New resorts, restaurants and casinos could be coming to Bokor National Park after environment officials endorsed an “improved” plan for the mountain along with oknha Sok Kong’s hotel company, according to the government’s news agency.”
Going for broke at Bokor – [17/04/08]
“Tycoon Sok Kong talks to Vong Sokheng and Cat Barton about his ‘defining project,’ the $1-billion redevelopment of Bokor resort”.