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Kbal Spean

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Address: Angkor | Kulen Hills, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

11th-century relief carvings line the stream beds along this series of...

11th-century relief carvings line the stream beds along this series of waterfalls.

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Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre Day Trip from Siem Reap
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Bring good shoes!

Okay so when i first started, i didn't know it was going to be 1.5km hike, which isn't bad but i mean there are very steep inclines and rocks everywhere. Be mindful of... read more

Reviewed 3 December 2015
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Sunbury, Australia
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Reviewed 3 December 2015 via mobile

Okay so when i first started, i didn't know it was going to be 1.5km hike, which isn't bad but i mean there are very steep inclines and rocks everywhere. Be mindful of surroundings, there are rest stops along the way. I wore hiking boots, but i saw people wearing THONGS as if it was their daily hike. I would... More 

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Mendham, New Jersey
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Reviewed 1 December 2015

The water was at a low level when we went, so we could really see all the carvings extremely well. What an awesome display of faith, in deities and nature, to make such intricate carvings in rock beds under water. The hike in to this site is up hill and a bit long, be prepared and try to go early... More 

Thank Lynn D
Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2015

Besides Saharsalinga in Sirsi, India, Kbal Spean is the only other location that has 1000+ lingas in one place. Unlike the ones in Sirsi, these lingas are all together in a small area with rock carvings. The hike up is tough, but worth doing to see all the boulders, trees, and vines. There are shaded rest areas along the way... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2015

Drove all the way here including paying the extortionate $20 each fee to use the 1 way road but I think worth it. Seeing a river bed with carvings literally into its bed is something I have not seen before. You also get to see a stunning waterfall higher up the road. Can do with trip to Banteay Srei or... More 

Thank cammii
Newport Beach, California, United States
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Reviewed 21 November 2015

The hike would not have been worth it, but then we found the stairs down to the area below the waterfall. This was an amazing little place. Friendly butterflies that let you hold them, a nice refreshing waterfall and a real jungle vine tree swing. It is a little nirvana.

Thank Chris J
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 19 November 2015

Kbal Spean is about 30 minutes drive from Siem Reap. The creek itself is situated off-road and one need to track for about 45 minutes (1.5km) to reach the site where the sculptured stones are. One of the best jungle tracks I’ve ever been to: properly maintained, clean and accessible for anyone between 5 to 65 years (or older). Need... More 

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Tasmania, Australia
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Reviewed 19 November 2015

Ventured here as part of a trip to Banteay Srei. It's a lovely walk up quite a meandering path to a small waterfall at the top. Unfortunately we couldn't get near the falls for a splash as they were monopolised by some very loud locals. Some nice views over the valley on the way. The carvings are a little underwhelming... More 

Thank KatB65
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 19 November 2015

I loved the site! The natural setting is beautiful and the carvings unlike anything I've seen. However, if you expecting to be overwhelmed with the carvings or expect a waterfall approaching Niagra, you will be disappointed. This is more of a quiet, gentle respite from the temple grandeur. I arrived about 9 A M and there were very few of... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 14 November 2015

These carvings are simply exquisite. Take plenty of water and a snack with you. The hike is a steep one, but well-worth it.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 12 November 2015

The drive from Siem Reap passes through countryside that feels much further than 40km from Pub Street. The carvings in the riverbed are unique, and make a great half day trip worth taking if you have more than 2 days in Siem Reap. Stop at a village on the way back with your moto driver for a heavy session on... More 

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