Lok Yeay Mao is an ancient mythical goddess and protector in Cambodian belief. She is famed for keeping calm in the forest and coastal provinces of Kampot, Kep and Sihanoukville.
This huge statue that looms over the Bokor Mountain road was built in 2012 and is a favourite stop for locals to make offerings, hence the huge carpark and crowds that often gather at the foot of the monument.
This viewpoint offers spectacular vistas that stretch across the Kampot countryside and coastline below. On a clear day, it is possible to see Kampot town and out to sea.
Over the road opposite the Lok Yeay Mao statue you will find the Black Palace ruins built for King Sisowath in 1936, so this stopping point also has historical value as well as spiritual. Graffiti adorns the walls of the ruins, which sit along a narrow path that is often frequented by monkeys.