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“Beautiful short hike with carvings”
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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.
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Beautiful short hike with carvings”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

I liked this hike. A 1.5 km trek in the woods with some elevation gain, the path is easy and there have been wooden stairs constructed in the past few years to assist over the steepest and roughest terrain. The is a small waterfall that is pretty but nothing spectacular. There are also the carvings in the river bed, perhaps more interesting for their placement than there actual appearance. The best part about this trip is the chance to go somewhere reflective, and see the countryside, both during the hike itself and the fairly long journey to get here. I would only add this to your itinerary if you are here for 3 or more days or you have found yourself tempted out.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Sean P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“This is a very different site”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

This is a very different site to the main temples of Angkor. It's not a temple at all, but rather a carved, sacred river bed. It's a long way from Siem Reap, at least one and a half hours by tuk-tuk, but worth the drive.

Visited June 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Worth the effort”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

This site is a little far out (about an hour), but not too far on from Banteay Srei which is actually a must see. At Kbal Spean you must walk 1500m and the walk is sign posted every 100m so you know how far you have to go. The walk however is quite easy and for most of it a toddler could handle it, but there are 2 or 3 spots where you need to climb up rocks (and one set of stairs), not very difficult, but if you are not good at walking then I wouldn't recommend it. The walk is very pleasant as it is mostly in the shade of the trees and you can hear the birds and insects. Actually there is a team of workers who regularly sweep the path free of leaves. The actual carvings are quite interesting, perhaps more so because of their novelty, being carved in rock along and in the river bed. The waterfall is also interesting and was flowing for us, but I believe this may not be the case in the dry season

Visited June 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“a enjoyable afternoon”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

I really enjoyed my time at kbal Spean, the hike up the mountain through the jungle was great. Seeing huge boulders which seemed to be balancing on one another was incredible. Once at the top the river carvings are a sight - we were not there in rainy season so the waterfall was quite dry but we could still cool down underneath it. I found the millions of beautiful butterflies quite a sight too. Its a nice afternoon out if your temple out.

Visited April 2013
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“Lower your expectations”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

It's a pleasant enough hike up the hill, but the carvings in the river, and the waterfall are a let-down at anything other than the height of the rainy season. We heard other people arriving saying "is this is?" Really, you need to go when there is enough water to cover the riverbed. This will transform the experience. I don't know when exactly this might be, but June is too early. Try August.
The carvings, while of interest, are not spectacular and the appeal would be to have the play of light on the rippling water over their surface. Without that it is not worth the journey.
The other problem is that they have now fenced off the riverbed so you can only stand and look from a little distance, making it an artificial, museum-like experience. No doubt too many bare feet over wet sandstone would gradually erode the stones, but still, the fence has ruined the atmosphere of the place.

Visited June 2013
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