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Phnom Kulen National Park

Siem Reap, Cambodia
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As featured in Daytrips from Siem Reap
Ranked #23 of 96 Attractions in Siem Reap
Type: Religious Sites, Waterfalls, Mountains
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Traveler Description: Phnom Kulen, some 60 kilometers from Siem Reap, attracts locals to make the pilgrimage to pray at this holy site. While the $20 road toll/per person... more »
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I went to all the famous attractions in Siem Reap, such as Angkor Wat and Bayon, but my tour guide told me about Phnom Kulen. It is the birthplace of Khmer civilization, but not very well known by foreigners. I got there by a car. It was hot, but once we reached the waterfall, the travel paid off. I took... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

After two days of temples, I wanted to change landscape. It's a ling way, almost two hours but you will pass next to rice fields, so for me it was worth. There is a fantastic waterfall with nice spots to take pictures. I really recommend it if you want to do something different than visiting temples and walk on the... More

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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

It took a lot of climbing narrow, scary stairs to reach the falls. But we were able to take a bath close to the waterfall. There were two rooms very close to the waterfall to change. The place to take a bath itself was rocky and uneven. But not too deep. But we just saw a big man being dragged... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We did this on the 5th of our 6 days trip. its 1 hr road drive + 45 mins mountain drive away and US$ 20/- charge. You have to hire a car to visit here. It was very refreshing after temple after temple on hot sunny days. The place is underrated. It deserves a much better listing due to following... More

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Ho Chi Minh City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Beautiful lingas abd yoni carving on the river bed, stretch quite far. The lingas more visible when visit on dry season, because the water level is low. The waterfall good enough for visit , retreating from temple visit. Be careful there since so many beggars around entry area. The road to the place is not in prime condition is several... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Rented a van for this trip. There is a USD20 entrance fee for all foreigners. Go early as the way up is until noon and traffic coming down only allowed after that. There is so much to see in the mountain. There is a big buddha which is carved from the huge rock where the temple stands on, a river... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Pure joy on everyone's faces. Cool waters, free fish clean when swimming on the lower level, so refreshing, so beautiful, tough road to get there, but worth it! Happiest day in Cambodia yet!!!!!! Loved it :)

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

What a wonderful day aas we were all templed out! The one and a half drive up was interesting through the rice paddies, local villages, jungle and up the mountains. At some points the road was rough and for the last part up the mountain unmade. It is really good having a guide. However it was worth it. The reclining... More

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Lanai, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Phnom Kulen is in Svay Leu and Varin districts, about 35 miles from Siem Reap provincial town. I was so happy I decided to do this outside the city. The hikes are stunning, the waterfalls are big and definitively refreshing. Take a towel with you and plan on going in the water. If you are not prepared, there are some... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Yes, the ride up is long (2 hours by car) and bumpy--and was 3 hours last year, according to our taxi driver because of rain, etc.--and yes, it does get crowded on the weekend (locals hang out here), but we thought the trip was worth it. We spent a short time at the reclining Buddha and 1,000 lingas (underwater carvings)... More

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