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Kbal Spean

Angkor | Kulen Hills, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Ranked #18 of 104 attractions in Siem Reap
Type: Bodies of Water, Waterfalls
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: 11th-century relief carvings line the stream beds along this series of waterfalls.
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Bangalore, India
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58 reviews 58 reviews
11 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Absolutely fantastic trek up - easy climb... Beautifully hilly terrain... But a long tuktuk drive from siem reap bumpy in stretches... The sculptures on the rock face and on the floor of the stream is quite a novelty... Do remember to walk into the waterfall en route... And pray like mad for rain on the way - makes it far... More

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The 2 km hike was relatively easy and the carvings all over the area made the trip worthwhile. Our guide, Sam, told us that there is a lake farther up the valley, and I became interested in going there to have a home stay, but save that for next time. The waterfall and carvings are beautiful and make one wonder... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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75 reviews 75 reviews
7 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

It's a one hour hike up, mostly under the shadow of trees, and is a good break from the crowdy Angkor Wat. The scupltures in the river was beautiful.

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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This is a lot further out than the other sights at Angkor but definitely worth seeing. I would recommend you stop to see Banteay Srei on the way (but go early). Kbal Spean is about a 40 minute walk to the river and carvings but there's lots to see on the way (look out for the lizards on the trees).... More

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Quezon City, Philippines
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74 reviews 74 reviews
59 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

From the reviews, it was described as a walk. It wasn't - in places wooden steps had to be installed. Kbal Spean is not for the physically unfit, but for those who can do moderate hiking - and templed out from all of those ancient Khmer temples - Kbal Spean offers sights like rock formations, dense forest, and a cool,... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The best waterfall and nature in Siem Reap. We like it. If your trip to Siem Reap, don't forget to visit kbal spean.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Waterfalls, 1000 Lingas, and the Big Buddha. Long way from SR timewise because roads are horrific, but beatiful mountain scenery. Oh and make sure you try a red banana.

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

(Note: Not Free for foreigners, you need a temple pass. Please correct this in the description) There is plenty of worthy things you could list about a visit to Kbal Spean: the smaller number of visitors, the moderate hike to the location and the unquestionable uniqueness of the site and carvings themselves.. But on the whole I found the Kbal... More

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Singapore
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

The hike to Kbal Spean is part of the experience of visiting the carvings of Kbal Spean. While it doesn't compare in beauty to the temples in Angkor, this is a different experience as it includes a good physical activity trekking up and down the hill. The carvings under the water aren't that man but appear very nice in their... More

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Quezon City, Philippines
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

1000 lingas with stories of the gods carved along the river bed plus the waterfalls after a 30-40mins hike is such a refreshing experience! 1-2hours travel on a tuktuk away from the city will build up that excitement in you. Better go there early in the morning on a weekday to have the falls on your own.. haha!

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