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Phnom Kulen National Park

Siem Reap, Cambodia
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As featured in Daytrips from Siem Reap
Ranked #29 of 104 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Although the 1000 year old carvings are stunning and the water fall lovely.. It wasn't worth the $20 per person we had to pay! But to see the carvings you have to pay and they are worth seeing .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This mountain, complete with two waterfalls (one is of a decent size), has many lingas carved in various sections of the river, direct into the river's rock bed. It's a decent 90minute drive from Siem Reap up to the mountain, but parking is but a short way from each of the carving areas. The only thing that requires a hike... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I traveled with a group of friends to Siem Reap in February 2014. We had ~4 days in Siem Reap and wanted to use one of them to get out of the city. We used our hotel to arrange a car to take us to and from Phnom Kulen. The price for a car for the day to take four... More

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Peregian Beach, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

The Phnom Kulen national park is well worth the visit. The one thousand lingas and the giant Budda are interesting but if you want to walk to the bottom of the waterfall beware and make sure you have good walking shoes. The stairs that take you to the bottom are a disgrace. It really is a stretch to call them... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

The road to the waterfall is a sheer disaster and needs an immediate renovation. The tour guide literally misguided us into this trip which took us close to 2.5 hours to reach. The approaching areas are littered with filth and smells terrible. Even the waterfall looks highly polluted. The entry fees to the National park is way too much, especially... More

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Siem Reap, Takev, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Phnom Kulen is only just over 50 kilometers from Siem Reap but it takes about 1h30 minutes to drive there . On the mountain have waterfall very cool and hundreds of linga stands in the Siem Reap River. we can go up only in the morning and go back in afternoon. This area is extremely popular with the Khmers for... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Phnom Kulen is where the 500 year long Age of Angkor began; it is the mountain on which Jayavarman II initiated the royal God of the King linga cult in 802AD. This declared a unified and independent Khmer Empire under a single ruler and began what would become the Age of Angkor. There are several minor ruins, waterfalls and hundreds... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Just read a previous review stating it was $100 plus. Rubbish! Depending on how you do it and willing to haggle you could do it for half the price! We haf a tuk tuk driver for 3 days and it cost us a total of $115 and that included that day in the mountains. The giant budha is carved out... More

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Sihanoukville Province, Cambodia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This is a good destination to add you you want to beat temple fatigue.. One god suggestion would be to visit Angkor Wat at Sunrise, visit the Kulen National park and then visit Bantey Srei on the way back at Sunset. Kulen waterfall was amazing one of the few waterfalls where you can actually get under the water. Note that... More

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We were in Siem Reap with two friends who were locals and they suggested Kulen Mountain as something different. We hired a car for $60 for the day and it took about 2 hours to get there which gave us an opportunity to see a bit of the countryside. Once there, we went to see the reclining Buddha and then... More

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