Kbal Spean
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11th-century Relief Carvings Line The Stream Beds Along This Series Of Waterfalls.
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Meaveggie
Yardley, PA61 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Lovely hike through the woods - a bit steep and with lots of stairs. Cooled off in the gorgeous waterfall of holy water, learned about the carvings and beliefs that inspired them, then climbed a little further to see the carvings themselves.

From photos I was expecting more carvings but most of the lingas are faint nubs and there were really only 3-4 other carvings to see.

Nonetheless it was a lovely hike, a refreshing change from temples, and a totally unique experience.

We went with a guide and heard conflicting things about landmines in the area. On the one hand he told us that they had all been cleared from that area. But then he told us that we couldn’t climb past a certain part because there were still mines there. So definitely stick to the trail on this one!

It’s a steep walk up to the carvings, it’s through the woods so it’s not even ground, and it’s very very hot. We were glad for the AC in the car when we got back down.
Written December 19, 2023
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Rajesh
Bengaluru, India2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The best place ever to visit the Kbal Spean, saw the great waterfall, 1000 lingas, Wishnu, Shiva and Brama carving. Best visiting with tour guide and very informative information. This place can visit with the temple ticket. It is great with who love tje nature and walking.
Written October 17, 2023
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Sbentley1
Hanoi, Vietnam20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We (one American, one Filipino, and one Cambodian) took a tour of Banteay Srei and Kabal Spean in July 2009 via our tuktuk driver from the temple tours. In the morning, we visited Angkor Wat for sunrise, which was beautiful!
It took about 1 hour to get to Banteay Srei, which was nice and different than the other temples, plus it was small so it took about 20 minutes to tour.
It was another hour to get to Kabal Spean. It was hot day and the ride was enjoyable, but you have to enjoy the bumpy tuktuk ride. We keep lots of water bottles in the tuktuk.
There's several Cambodian restaurants there and some gift items/clothing to buy if you want. Plus, clean, comfortable restrooms!
It took about 30 minutes to hike (quickly) up the mountain. We were very sweaty at the top even though the trail is shaded.
At the top, is a small stream with figures sculpted in the rocks...some in the stream and some on land. There are no picturesque view of the area at the top. There is a section about 1/2 way up which has the most beautiful view of the mountains and valley.
A short walk along the stream (to the left) brings you to the short, but nice waterfall (about 3-4 meters). You can go under the waterfall and cool off, which I did! I loved it and it did cool me down. Caveat: be careful as the algae is very slippery by the waterfall.
The stream is only about 10cm to 30cm, so there's no swimming, but you can dip your feet in to cool off.
A fast bounce down the mountain and lunch at one of the restaurants was a great finish to the tour, which took about 7 hours round trip from our guesthouse (including leisurely lunch).
Written July 13, 2009
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fusball223
Singapore, Singapore43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Up in the hills, ard 45km away from the town center, lies the beauty of Kbal Spean.

There is a 20~30 mins jungle trekking to reach the river cravings. Once there, you will find a series of stone cravings along the river bed and banks. According to SAME [My driver], the main story of this cravings was to bless the water flowing down from the hills to the people.

There is also a small waterfall at the end of the river......

If you are keen in doing this, bundle it together with Banteay Srei. It is on the same direction, jus further so have to pay more for petrol........
Written October 13, 2007
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Mawa N
Siem Reap, Cambodia602 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011
The water flows peacefully, the water touch the lingas, the bottom of the river carved with lingas. Beautiful site. You need one full day to visit this mountain site. Prepare enough food and drink because there was no food stall on the site.
Written June 13, 2012
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,049 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Family
Set in the jungle 50 km to the northeast of Siem Reap and 18 km from Banteay Srei, Kbal Spean is reached by trekking up a 1.5km uphill trail into the jungle. It takes about 40 minutes through some interesting boulder formations along the way. I suggest a good pair of shoes and loads of drinking water. The riverbed is filled with spectacular carvings of lingas and hindu gods. The stretch of lingas carved from the bridge, downstream to a waterfall, is known as the river of a thousand linga. The carvings here are more impressive than those at Phnom Kulen. The last entry to the site is at 3.30pm and requires the general Angkor Pass. Something different and a chance to exercise with nature!
Written June 11, 2012
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SKM
Durban, South Africa384 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
This lesser advertised site is a gem to behold. A shaivites bucket list dream for sure.

(The other known SahasraLinga site in the world is in India, located around 14 km from the Sirsi Taluk in the district of Uttar Kannada of Karnataka.)

The Cambodian SahasraLinga is amazing to behold with the more than thousand Lingas in the rockbed of the river. One can do the 1.8km jungle trek or get a driver to take you to the stream directly. With less able tourists and young children opt for the latter.

The carved rock formations date back to 11th century and span 150 meters of the Stung Kbal Spean River. It must have taken some effort to hammer out these carvings in the presence of flowing water. They are arranged in formations grouped into 8x8 matrices. These groups of 64 signify the 64 forms of Lord Shiva described in the Puranas.

There is also a submerged carving of the reclining form of Lord Vishnu slightly further upstream.

Couple this site with a visit to nearby Buddha and Shiva Temple followed by a dip in the waterfalls which is totally refreshing.

If your itinerary allows, do not miss this hidden gem - an archaeologists’ pilgrimage.
Written December 22, 2019
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Coleen P
Wagga Wagga, Australia70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
Please ensure that you do your homework on this one. Find out exactly how far in you need to go and when is the best time to go. From all the photos is appears that our guide only took us to the first section and not into the depth of this area.
We only saw the first section of the river bed and nothing of the large carvings on the bigger rocks.
There is always something you find out when you get home!
This is really something you must see but hire a car and an English speaking guide but also check out the price before you set off for the day.
This full day trip cost us $120.
Written June 13, 2017
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charlesyeozc
Melaka, Malaysia17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Family
In the hills of Kulem you can visit this place. It's a bout 1.5km hike up a hill to reach Kbal Spean the stone bridge. It's an ancient Angkorian site where they carved into the natural river bed with a thousand lingas (i didn't count them to be sure, so I just copypasta what the guide said). The carvings due to errosion and even vandalism isn't as ornate. But when you think that the ancients carved this into a moving river it brings perspective into the picture. The hike up was hot and we came at the beginning of the wet season so the water isn't deep. but at the middle of the hike you would arrive at a waterfall and THAT makes it all worth while. =)
Written June 9, 2012
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AnnabelleLam
Kuala Lumpur54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Couples
Should be done together with Banteay Srei as it's actually just 7kms away from the temple. A hike up of approximately 45 minutes and would be faster coming down. Remember to walk down the steep stairs on the way up as there are actually a lot of carvings along the river until the waterfall. Remember to bring up your own water supply as it can be quite taxing if you're not used hiking. Be sure to look into the river along the way as you might miss out a thing or two. The carvings are even on the rocks next to the river (not barricaded) though it might have faded out a bit.
Written January 1, 2012
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