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“Not For Everyone”
Review of Kbal Spean

Kbal Spean
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Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre Day Trip from Siem Reap
Ranked #30 of 182 things to do in Siem Reap
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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.
Reviewed January 16, 2013

After landing in SIem Reap, this was my very first stop. Well to put it in a nutshell, I could have spent the whole day there! The hike up the hill to get to the sculptures is not too bad. I was there today, and it was pleasant with no sun though a bit humid. There are a couple of short stretches that are a bit challenging but not too difficult. I am not a great hiker and I was abit worried reading some of the reviews. But I made it alright and in fact enjoyed the hike. I also saw a few senior citizens some with walking sticks making it up there. So it cannot be that difficult. On a scale of 10, I would rate it a 6 in terms of difficulty. It is through some wonderful forest area with overgrown vines all around, boulders of all shapes and sizes, and generally very pleasant hike.

Well, there are 2 aspects to visiting this place. One is the hike itself that alone is a reason to visit. Second is what you get when you reach there. Be prepared to be underwhelmed becaue otherwise you are setting yourself up for disappointment. This is essentially a tantric place with sculptures of Shiva and Shakti along with the trinity, and various other creatures (frog, crocodile etc.) associated with Shiva. It is the worship of the linga, the male form in all its beauty. The river (more like a brook) is itself very soft flowing, and the waterfaall at the bottom is one of the cutest, smallest waterfalls I have seen.

It will be impossible to see all of the small sculptures carved into the river side, and some into the river bed, without the help of one of the local guys who will accost you in a very gentle way. Let him show you around, and give him a handsome tip at the end. You will earn merit!

This place is not for the masses that throng Angkor Wat. It is for the discerning individual who wants a different experience.

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Reviewed January 14, 2013

This is a fascinating place to visit, incredible to think they carved the river bed. It make a nice morning or afternoon trip and it is a very pleasant walk to get to the river.

2  Thank Jeffrey W
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

This is a nice break from the temples. It's pretty, but not much to see at the top but we enjoyed the hike - epecially the kids. This was one of the things we did that they liked best.

1  Thank jtrippernow
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Climbing to the top to see the thousand lingas is great to relief temple fatigue. Do not expect big structures or huge waterfalls. The waterfall at the bottom was feeling mystic with dozens of colourful butterflies.

1  Thank Ricardo T
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

We went here on the recommendation from trip advisor and weren't disappointed. We arranged for a tuk tuk to drive us there which took about 11/2 hours. It is then a 2km walk up the hill to the top. Once at the top you will see the carvings in the rocks which are amazing. To get to the waterfall you need to walk to the left and then down the stairs. We did not know this and thought the waterfall must only run in the wet season. Luckily a guide up the top told us how to get to the falls so were able to cool off after the hot walk up the hill. Take your swimming costume as it is lovely to cool off under the falls before walking back down again.

3  Thank jrob65
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