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“Nature's World”
Review of Kbal Spean

Kbal Spean
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US$122.00*
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Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre Day Trip from Siem Reap
Ranked #30 of 188 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 19 November 2013

It was drizziling so we were not able to see the carvings on the river bed which our guide pointed. But along the way we saw a lot of stones carvings, big stones entwined with tree roots, it's so beautiful and natural. . We even brought a change of cloths for a dip in the cold cold water. How refreshingly different from the jungle temples we've visited. It's so amazing to see how water oozing out from the sand spring and flows down as a stream into the river. The jungle trekking is a little slippery and steep though.

Thank Ann C
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

Our visit to Kbal Spean in October was during the rainy season, meaning many of the carvings were either completely or partially submerged and were difficult or impossible to see. That said, there were still plenty of carvings we could see, along with being treated to marvelous views of the rushing water and surrounding jungle landscape.

I highly recommend hiring a local guide for $2-3 once you get to the waterfall; they will lead you to the different carvings which are scattered all over the place, in addition to the main ones at the top of the falls. You can of course do it on your own, but you may miss some of them if you don't know where to look.

Getting there I didn't find the trek through the jungle to be especially difficult, though there are some dodgy spots (especially if the ground is wet) and the trail is not always well marked. But unless you truly don't like to hike or you're in very poor shape, it's really not overly taxing -- just take your time and enjoy a hike through the jungle. There are some cool spots to see along the way and a few places to pull over and sit down should you need that. And once you get to the falls, you can always splash in the water to cool off. I recommend wearing some clothes you don't mind getting wet or dirty, and good hiking sandals.

There are some great little eateries at the front of the park where you can grab a bite to eat or a cold beverage after your hike -- and what's not to love about an ice-cold Angkor Beer after a little jungle trek? There are also a few vendors selling scarves and whatnot, as per usual.

Kbal Spean is an especially nice break if you're reaching temple-viewing overload. It's a very pleasant tuk tuk ride through the country to get out there (it will probably be a slightly higher charge than for the Angkor Wat area, just FYI), though the admission is covered by your temple pass. There don't seem to ever be large crowds there, more of a small and steady trickle of visitors.

It's located about 30km to the NE of Angkor Wat, not far from Bantay Srei; it's quite common for visitors to combine the two into one trip. However you do it, Kbal Spean is well worth the visit.

1  Thank Shanghyper
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

It's a hike to get to these riverbed carvings. Approximately 2km hike up hill that meanders through the forest via a somewhat marked trail. Definitely some nice views of the surrounding area on the way up. I did this hike when the trail was wet from raining which made it tricky at times and the footing uncertain at times. Just take your time and you'll be fine. When you reach the carvings you are greeted by park guides that take you and highlight each of the carvings in the stone. These are pretty cool to see for sure. Primarily Hindu mythological figures. Worth the trip if you are already heading out to Banteay Srei as Kbal Spean is another 20 KM or so further. Best to do both of these.

1  Thank Northernchaos
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

Definitevely a workout to get there, but once you reach the River of the Thousand Lingas, you forget about all that and just feel mesmerized by the beautiful carvings on the river bed. What we saw was way over our expectations, and without hesitation would do the hiking up the hill all over again

Thank brvancouver
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

I am a senior citizen and my wife was dressed in traditional south Indian saree but could make the two KM trek with difficulty but enjoyed every moment. Going thro' Rain forest during rain was natures treat to enjoy. Slippery sand( roots help you), slippery and odd shape and size stones( you can grip around) and we made in an about an hour ( 30 minutes for young trekkers ). It was breath taking and stunning for HINDUs from INDIA for a very simple reason. No where we had seen so far 1000 lingas visible under water along with Vishnu in sleeping posture accompanied by Lakshmi, and river water flows freely and continuously over stone carvings of both available side by side and later turns in to a beautiful falls.

Unique and different and definitely holy for us, I am sure Indians who worship Shiva and Vishnu will find it divine and satisfactory. You must walk down the river and the local APSARA guides help you to see, enjoy and worship every carving and they know all available carvings there and also our Hindu mythology and belief very well.

Wearing proper walking shoes helped both of us to trek comfortably in spite of constant drizzle thro the forest the hill ranges of two Km trekking distance. Though uneven and slippery with odd sized rocks, 50 to 60% distance is normal and comfortable.

The divine satisfaction brought us back comfortably as the climb down was more difficult and inconvenient. We will definitely visit next time also and strongly recommend Shiva and Vishnu worshipers to go and have darshan.

Distance from Siem Reap is about 50 Km and you need the Angkor entrance ticket, the whole trip including Bantey Srei may take about 4/5 hours. Dont miss to see the Cambodia Landmine Museum which is en route and the excellent work done by Akira, an earlier Cambodian soldier and the person struggling to remove lakhs of land mines still in Cambodia. There is an entry fee of US $ 3 per person but it is worth it as it goes for a very good social cause.

1  Thank Krishnamurthy S
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