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Review of Kbal Spean

Kbal Spean
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Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre Day Trip from Siem Reap
Ranked #29 of 180 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.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“cool place”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

My family have wonderful weekend with Kbal Spean, on the way up to top are in nature.A place for visitor stop for rest with wood building. all my relative are like and wish to return some day soon.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank Than R
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Singapore, Singapore
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“A jungle walk to break the temple track”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Our kids (9 & 8) just loved the change of scenery and could easily handle the 45-60 minute uphill walk to the waterfalls. Although not much water in the dry season, the terrain and coolness provided by the jungle made this place worth the journey out. We opted not to eat at the restaurants here - a bit more expensive for a family budget.

Visited March 2013
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Wauchope, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Really need a guide”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

We did this in the morning in combination with Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre. It was quite hot as we did this before lunch but at this time of year you sweat walking around and climbing temples all but early morning anyway! Kbal Spean is not a temple with walls but rather a temple in the river and at the waterfall with carvings on the rocks and river bed. You really need to have a guide to find all the spots. It is a 1.5 km hike to the to the top but it is through the jungle so a bit shaded and very pleasant. (A change from the other temple complexes.) It is a bit steep and rocky in parts.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank Sue Russell K
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Worth the hard climb!”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

I walked 1.5km up a steep hill along a difficult path abundant with rocks and tree roots that can easily cause accidents if one is not careful. I took 45 minutes. However, it is worth the climb to see 1000 Lingas in the river stream up there and other Hindu Gods carved onto rocks at different places along the stream that one could easily miss if you don't ask the 'guard' standing near the bridge on how to go about locating them. No proper signs! Luckily for us, one of them offered to show us around and we gave him some money. I have seen some tourists just came to the bridge over the stream seeing Vishnu carved onto the rocks with Lingas on the stream and later going away probably thinking that is all to see there! Also, one should come prepared to take shower at the waterfall. Locals call it as 'holy water' as the water flows over 1000 Lingas and other Hindu God carvings before coming down as waterfall. However, be careful as the floor near the waterfall is slippery!

Visited March 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Worth the trip, perfect to combine with Banteay Srei”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

We bought a 7 day pass to be able to visit all the temples at a leisurely pace. Having my own car is of course an advantage, but also for people depending on tuk-tuk, I can recommend to venture out to the Kulen Hills, the source of the building material of the Angkor Wat temples.

Visited March 2013
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