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Kbal Spean

Angkor | Kulen Hills, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Ranked #18 of 96 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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Des Moines, IA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

Though it is a bit of a drive from Siem Reap by tuk tuk, the falls is a nice break from the temples. The place still has the annoying vendors but you can flee on to the path to escape them. The path it not really a path, more packed clay, tree roots, and boulders to climb with the occasional... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Kbal Spean makes for a very interesting trip - a great hike + 11th/12th Century sculptures carved in a river-bed. This place lies about 45 min-1hr drive from the city center. We had hired a cab for the day to visit Banteay Srei, and this lies north of it. The driver waited for us in the car park at the... More

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Do not attempt this trek with toddlers. There are lots of roots and socks and some portions are steep. If you can't carry your kid or they can't hike for themselves, forget it. With that said, we took the older kids up for the hike while the others waited in the small restaurant and some shops in the base. We... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We hired a cab driver to take us out here and started our day with this hike. (our driver waited for us while we hiked) I would recommend coming early before it gets too hot. The hike is not hard, but the heat can be intense. Entry fee is included in the Angkor pass. We visited in October, so there... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

It's located about 60 mins from the city centre by tuk-tuk which will show you the cambodian life and countryside. I'd say it's worth a visit. What you'll see is a bunch of lotus and Buddha carvings in a river-bed that supposedly blesses the water for the people in the valley. You have to trek from 1,5 km (approx. a... More

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bangalore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Lovely walk thru the 'forest'. A guide who could show us carvings off the beaten track. A fabulous setting in the river and just the thought of peope who could come from India hundreds of years ago, hoof it thru the forest, and carve a thousand lingas, and the various Gods on the rock face, on the rocks in the... More

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Rahway, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

As people who never hike, I should have been more apprehensive. The guide said it was an "easy to moderate" hike, though, so we took the chance. Not worth it. A few cool carvings, but otherwise not that amazing. The funniest part of Kbal Spean was watching the female Chinese tourists. We saw several wearing high-heels, dresses, and sunhats to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Its a bit of a journey from Siem Reap about 60kms but worth doing if you have time or are going to Banteay Srei temple. What you get is a 1.5km uphill journey until you reach a stream and waterfall which is very pretty but a little underwhelming considering the route up, until that is you notice the ancient riverbed... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

A nice change from climbing steps on temples! An early start is recommended to avoid the heat of the day and possible rain that seems to come every afternoon. We saw more of the carvings this time as it is the dry season and the river bed is lower. It is also advisable to get the assistance of local guides... More

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Bahrain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It sounded great and allthough it was terribly humid and hot, the walk was fabulous, accompanied by the most amazing large butterflies, when finally arrived at the ruines in the water, it was just beautiful. I was alone at the waterfalls, confirming that it is really worthwhile doing this visit early, as with a lot of people the walk could... More

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