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8 movies where scenery is the star

By: Josh Lew on Feb. 18, 2013, 5:21 p.m.
ruins of 19th century French Catholic church at Bokor National Park, Kampot, Cambodia

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'City of Ghosts,' Cambodia

This indie film, released in 2002 and starring James Caan and Matt Dillon as fugitive white collar criminals, was made in Cambodia. Much of the movie was shot in and around Phnom Penh before the city’s landscapes were changed drastically by a construction boom. Visitors familiar with the movie might recognize sites like Phnom Chisor, an ancient temple complex near Phnom Penh.

City of Ghosts movie posterNature lovers will be seduced by the beautiful seaside scene that was set in the underdeveloped beach town of Kep and by the film's climactic scenes, which take place in the colonial-era ruins of Bokor Hill Station (pictured here). The abandoned buildings of the hill station sit inside Preah Monivong National Park, which is often referred to as Bokor National Park. This protected area is home to wild elephants and tigers, and features walking trails and great scenic overlook areas. The Bokor area is almost as wild as it appears in the film, with trekkers opting to hire a ranger to act as guide and protection during their time inside the park.