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“An unforgettable nature-cum-culture getaway” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kbal Spean

Kbal Spean
Angkor | Kulen Hills, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Ranked #15 of 79 Attractions in Siem Reap
Type: Waterfalls, Bodies of Water, Cultural
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 11th-century relief carvings line the stream beds along this series of waterfalls.
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“An unforgettable nature-cum-culture getaway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Spend a whole day to go to Kbal Spean, about 50 kilometers from Siem Reap. Savor the two waterfalls near Mt Khoulen and do not forget to visit the river of 1,000 lingas which eventually give way to the two waterfalls.

Visited January 2014
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“nice walk, peaceful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

I loved visiting this place. After visiting the nearby conservation centre, which does a daily tour at 1pm, we did the hike up to kbal spean. it was very quiet and a nice cool walk through the forest (in december). You do need a guide to show you all the carvings, requiring a $2 or so tip.The carvings themselves are not particularly impressive in comparision to the temples, but its fun to spot them out amongst the boulders, and they have a simple kind of charm about them. it was nice relaxing experience. we cooled off under the watefall afterwards and sat around enjoying the cool and peace, before heading back down the path and purchasing a fresh coconut from one of the restaurants. Its a long way out, but can be tied in with a visit to other attractions. We visited banteay srei (my impressive carvings), my favourite jungle temple beng malea, and the conservation centre. it was definitely a worthwhile day if you have the time, and a nice escpate from the crowds if you're feeling 'templed out'. A taxi for this trip, which took the good part of a day, set us back US$70.

Visited December 2013
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“Pay the guide or you won t find all the carvings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

after u reach the waterfall there are gonna be many guides there

they are not going to say that they charge, but in the end just give them a tip

there are many hidden carvings in the way between the 2 waterfalls that you wont find without them...

aah... and the waterfall shower is so refreshing after the 1.5h trekking !

Visited December 2013
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“Loved the hike up !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

A little further away from the other major temples, I found Kbal Spean one of the most interesting ones. The history behind the temple was fascinating. There is a long and quite intense 2 mile trek up to reach this temple and the path is filled with huge boulders and jungles, some places quite dangerous and slippery. Please wear shoes and try to visit the temple early in the day to dodge the sun. Also check out the closing hours of the temple before you go as they close quite early compared to the other ones.

After the strenuous hike up, you will be rewarded with some amazing carvings of Vishnu and a huge Shiva linga. The carvings are inside the river, making it more scenic. Following the narrow path, you can come to the 1000 lingas which spreads across the river and finally leads to a beautiful waterfall. Try to plan your visit in such a way that you climb up to the top to see the carvings first and then make your way down and finally relax at the waterfall before starting your trek down.

Very few tourists due to its remote location and the trek. A very enjoyable half day adventure from Siem Reap.

Visited December 2013
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“Nice walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Lovely walk up to the waterfalls but I would suggest you wear something a bit sturdier than flip flops - the road is very uneven.

Visited January 2014
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