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Full-Day Kulen Waterfall and 1000 Lingas Tour

1. Full-Day Kulen Waterfall and 1000 Lingas Tour

Phnom Kulen is considered a holy mountain in Cambodia and is of special religious significance to Hindus and Buddhists. Visit this sacred site and  discover it's beauty. The tour starts with a drive to the foot of the Kulen mountain, the birthplace of the great Khmer Empire in AD 802. Enjoy the breathtaking drive up the mountain, exploring the abundant greenery and the Kulen Waterfall. Take a dip if you wish, or sit back and watch the local families in their sacred homeland. Make your way up the mountain by foot to the River of a Thousand Lingas, a gorgeous river with sophisticated Shiva Linga carvings covering its floor. Get a blessing in the Cambodian way, with the holy water from this sacred river. Continue up to the tip of the mountain to discover the beautiful Pagoda and its world-famous Reclining Buddha at rest. Enjoy your own packed lunch for the day or purchase a traditional lunch at the basic food stalls located near the park. 

Siem Reap: Kulen Elephant Forest & Tonlesap Lake

2. Siem Reap: Kulen Elephant Forest & Tonlesap Lake

Journey into Kulen Elephant Forest on a guided day trip from Siem Reap. Listen to an introductory briefing and meet elephants in their natural habitat, then explore the park on a guided hike to find breathtaking waterfalls. Enjoy picturesque jungle scenery on the drive from your accommodations to the park. Arrive at Kulen Elephant Forest and learn about these majestic creatures during a short introductory briefing. Get up close to the elephants, observing them in their natural habitat and walking with them into the forest. After visit Kulen Elephant forest, we will continue to visit One of the most scenic villages on Tonle Sap Lake, Kompong Phluk is also one of the least visited by tourists. On this tour, learn about local life as you cruise around stilted houses and floating markets, and take a canoe ride through the beautiful flooded forests.

From Siem Reap: Phnom Bok Mountain Temple Tour

3. From Siem Reap: Phnom Bok Mountain Temple Tour

This full-day tour takes you to Banteay Samre to visit one of the superb Hindu temples of the Khmer rulers, Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II. Constructed in the mid 9th-Century, very few tours visit the temple as it involves climbing up 640 steps of a steep mountain. But the view from the top is magical and offers 360-degree views of Angkor Wat and the Kulen Mountains. Ideal for adventure travelers with a moderate level of fitness, the tour takes you to Phnom Bok Mountain, approximately 12 miles (20 kilometers) from Siem Reap. On the way, you will make a detour to Banteay Samre. The style of the towers and balustrades of the Hindu temple bear strong resemblance to those at Angkor Wat, and even more so to the temples of Phimai in Thailand. Many of its carvings are in excellent condition. Proceed to the base of Phnom Bok and climb to the top of the hill to a very flat summit. Here you can enjoy views of the ivy clad sandstone temples that date back to the 9th-Century. The area was once occupied by the Khmer Rouge and old artillery guns and machine guns still in place serve as a reminder. The tour departs Siem Reap daily at 08:00, and includes a free lunch before you return to Siem Reap in the afternoon.

Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain Waterfall & Beung Mealea Temple

4. Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain Waterfall & Beung Mealea Temple

Get journey towards Kulen Mountain and see the amazing views of the surroundings on the 2-hour drive, including the River of a Thousand Lingas and the statue of the Grand Reclining Buddha. You will learn more about the historical and cultural significance of each landmark from your expert guide. Arrive at the vast plateau of Phnom Kulen, overlooking the plain of Angkor, and discover the 28 ancient temples and rivers that crisscross the beautiful landscape and waterfall as it tumbles down the rocks. Plunge into the pools and cool off from the midday sun. After this beautiful mountain you scenic drive to Beng Mealea Temple. Beng Mealea Temple is a fabulous place for those who want to experience a vast and spectacular jungle temple in its raw unrestored state. Set within a moat of over 0.5 square miles (1.5 square kilometers) the Hindu temple, with Buddhist motifs, is the most mysterious of all the temples of the Angkor style. Cloaked in thick vegetation, with huge trees sprouting from its ruins, Beng Mealea remains much as it did when it was discovered in 1990. Then we return to Siem Reap.

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3.9 / 5

based on 74 reviews

This was a great tour, and a nice addition to the traditional temple tours. Left and came back on time. We couldn't swim at the waterfall as the rain made it strong during the day, but we did enjoy the scene and water splash from proximity. Sok was a great guide. Very engaging, funny and informative. Making sure we're always safe and entertained, and not missing on any specialities or local experiences or nice photo ops. Restaurant on the way back did not seem of great quality and value (there aren't many options on the way), so we opted to have a late lunch in the city. Overall, I do recommend this tour and Sok as a guide, for anyone coming to siem reap.

Chenda was the BEST guide. He's an archaeologist during the dry season, and knows ancient Cambodian history inside and out. He's also a devout Buddhist, so we learned a lot that we didn't know about Buddhism. The tour itself was excellent and well-paced. There are a lot of stairs, so fair warning. The waterfall was truly amazing - don't be afraid to get in the water up near the actual falls! I would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone, especially if you want to get out of super-touristy Siem Reap for a day.

Chenda was an amazing guide. He thoroughly explained about the Kulen Waterfall and 1000 lingas. He also has an extensive knowledge about Cambodia. His love for nature really shows in the way he talks about the mountain. He also takes beautiful photographs and knows just the right angles to take. Thank you the amazing day Chenda!

Wonderful experience and our tour guide Chenda was incredible! So knowledgeable, went at a great pace, and made it special by incorporating local food and other cultural touches. A must do and great value for money! He’s also a wonderful photographer, so get ready for some epic photos!

This was a fantastic tour. Sok was an amazing guide, spoke good English, sharing with us some incredible and fascinating stories about himself and Cambodia culture.