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From Siem Reap: Guided Kulen Waterfall Tour

1. From Siem Reap: Guided Kulen Waterfall Tour

Explore Kulen Mountain, also known as Mountain of the Lychee, on a trip from Siem Reap. Phnom Kulen National Park is known as the site where the Khmer Empire originated and has religious significance to both Hindus and Buddhists. Discover its archaeological and natural highlights with your guide. Start your day with pickup from your hotel and head to Kulen Mountain. First, stop to visit a quarry where stones were cut and used to build the temples in the area. Continue onward to see the 1000 Lingas at a riverside archaeological park. Next, explore its sacred hilltop with over 30 temple ruins and see a large reclining Buddha. Then, trek to Kulen Waterfall and enjoy a swim in its waters. On the way back to Siem Reap, make a quick stop at a palm sugar village, before making an optional final stop at the Cambodia Landmine Museum.

Full-Day Kulen Waterfall and 1000 Lingas Tour

2. 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

3. 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.

Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain, Beng Mealea, and Tonle Sap Tour

4. Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain, Beng Mealea, and Tonle Sap Tour

You will be picked you up from your hotel at 8:00 am and take you to purchase a ticket of Kulen Mountain. We will then head to Phnom Kulen National Park for approximately 1 hour. This journey takes you through rural Cambodian villages, where you may observe locals going about their everyday lives and admire beautiful landscapes such as rice paddies and traditional dwellings. Stop off at the Palm Sugar Village and witness how Cambodian people make their own sugar to supply their families and villages. Afterward, we continue to the hilltop of Phnom Kulen, and our knowledgeable local guide will take you to the most spectacular tourist attractions in the national park, including the largest and most beautiful waterfalls, the reclining Buddha sculpture, and the River of Thousand Linga, which was constructed in 802 AD. In the afternoon, we will have lunch at the local restaurant before heading to Beng Melea, the mysterious 12th-century temple in the middle of the jungle. This temple is heavily overgrown with vegetation, trees, lianas, and mosses. This temple is surrounded by a rainforest due to it being abundant for over 300 years. When it is not fully restored, many local and international tourists fall in love with the area. Continue to take a local boat from the ferry to explore the famous floating village of Kampong Phluk. There, you can see firsthand what everyday life is like for the many families who make their living primarily from fishing. Most families live on the lake shore in brightly colored houses on long poles, so the high water levels are not a problem during the rainy season. Explore the flooded mangrove forest surrounding the area, which is home to a variety of species, including crab-eating macaques and 3,000 inhabitants. We will then take you to visit a Buddhist monastery built on an artificial island. Drop you off at your hotel.

Kulen Mountain: Full-Day Private Waterfall Tour

5. Kulen Mountain: Full-Day Private Waterfall Tour

Depart in the morning from your hotel with private transportation to Phnom Kulen National Park. Drive through wide open rice fields and scattered villages with traditional houses, before winding up the rocky road to the top of the mountain. Phnom Kulen is widely regarded as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire. During the construction of the ancient temples, sandstones were brought from this sacred mountain to Angkor. Kulen is considered by Khmers to be the most sacred mountain in Cambodia. Visit the River of 1000 Lingas, divided into three ports for the Hindu trinity gods, and with a riverbed filled with thousands of unique, ancient carvings. Ascend to the summit of the hill to marvel at the Buddhist Pagoda and the large Reclining Buddha statue. Continue to the waterfalls of Kulen, pausing at two beautiful spots for a swim and perhaps a spot of lunch. At around 2:00 PM the tour comes to an end and the guide will transfer you back to your hotel. Alternatively, you have the option to stop at Banteay Srei temple, known as the Women's Citadel and built of majestic red sandstone. A valid Angkor day pass is required for entry, costing around $37 per person.  

Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain Small Group Tour with Picnic Lunch

6. Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain Small Group Tour with Picnic Lunch

You will be picked up from your hotel at between 8:00 am to 8:30 am via a shared vehicle to Phnom Kulen National Park. This journey takes you through rural Cambodian villages, where you may observe locals going about their everyday lives and admire beautiful landscapes such as rice paddies and traditional dwellings. Afterward, we continue to the hilltop of Phnom Kulen, and our knowledgeable local guide will take you to the most spectacular tourist attractions in the national park, including the largest and most beautiful waterfalls, the reclining Buddha sculpture, and the River of Thousand Linga, which was constructed in 802 AD. After all the crawling, we stop for picnic at a nearby waterfall, where you can enjoy a grill chicken with a can of local beer. After having a great picnic, we take you to see the most beautiful landscape of Kulen Mountain's cliff and back to your hotel in Siem Reap.

Phnom Kulen National Park Admission Ticket

7. Phnom Kulen National Park Admission Ticket

Take a trouble-free trip to Phnom Kulen by booking your national park admission ticket online in advance. Save time by skipping the visit to the ticket office and have your ticket, which will be your pass for visiting Cambodia’s most sacred mountain, delivered directly to your hotel. With this ticket, visit Cambodia's biggest Reclining Buddha, carved on sandstone and located on top of the hill which can be reached through a flight of steps. Next, set off to the sacred river of 1000 Lingas. There, the riverbed is interestingly carved with numerous lingas, a phallic symbol of the Hindu god, Shiva. You will also see some rock carvings along the river depicting Hindu deities. Then, continue through another sacred site, the Phnom Kulen Waterfalls. Calm your senses by watching the waterfall tumbling down the rocks. You will have time to wade in its basin and opt to cool-off from the midday sun by swimming on its pool.

Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain Waterfall & Beung Mealea Temple

8. 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.

From Siem Reap: Private Phnom Kulen and Kampong Phluk Tour

9. From Siem Reap: Private Phnom Kulen and Kampong Phluk Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel at between 8:00 am via a private A/C vehicle to Phnom Kulen National Park. This journey takes you through rural Cambodian villages, where you may observe locals going about their everyday lives and admire beautiful landscapes such as rice paddies and traditional dwellings. Stop at the most authentic village"Phum Preah Dak" where you can learn how the local people make palm cake and palm sugar. Afterward, we continue to the hilltop of Phnom Kulen, and our knowledgeable local guide will take you to the most spectacular tourist attractions in the national park, including the largest and most beautiful waterfalls, the reclining Buddha sculpture, and the River of Thousand Linga, which was constructed in 802 AD. After all the crawling, we stop for lunch at a local restaurant, where you can enjoy Cambodian food. After having a great lunch, then we'll go directly to the the Kampong Phluk, flooded & fishing village of Tonle Sap lake, located just 21 kilometers from Siem Reap town. Once in the lake port, we'll take a local boat from the ferry to explore the famous floating villages of Kampong Phluk. There, you can see firsthand what everyday life is like for the many families who make their living primarily from fishing. Most families live on the lake shore in brightly colored houses on long poles, so the high water levels are not a problem during the rainy season. Explore the flooded mangrove forest surrounding the area, which is home to a variety of species, including crab-eating macaques and 3,000 inhabitants. We will then take you to visit a Buddhist monastery built on an artificial island and back to your hotel in Siem Reap.

Krong Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain Private Jeep Tour with Lunch

10. Krong Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain Private Jeep Tour with Lunch

Enjoy an adventurous day trip to Kulen mountain on this jeep tour from Siem Reap. See how locals live at the Palm Sugar village and view a huge stone Buddha at Preah Ang Thom. Cool-off with a swim in Kulen waterfall. Be picked up from your accommodation in Siem Reap. Sit back and relax on the way to Kulen mountain, one of Cambodia’s most sacred mountains, with deeply revered ancient sites and ruins on its high plateau. Take in the scenic countryside as you pass by rice paddies, local markets, schools, villages, and Buddhist temples. Stop at Palm Sugar village, where they make palm sugar out of palm juice. Continue to the National Park, where you can get out to stretch your legs and snap pictures of the view. Explore the vast plateau of Phnom Kulen. Walk through jungle trails through and vine-covered trees until you reach Kbal Spean. Admire an array of unique carvings in the riverbed.  Visit a huge stone Buddha carved into the top of a rock set in a bustling temple complex in Preah Ang Thom. Have a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Take a refreshing swim at Kulen Waterfall before returning to your accommodation in Siem Reap.

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4.5 / 5

based on 184 reviews

My wife and I had a great day with our tour guide Sareik Phok and our competent driver. Sareik was very knowledgeable, professional, courteous, and he spoke an excellent english. The landscape was beautiful and we enjoyed every minute of the tour, from the first stop at the village in the morning to taste some local delicacies to the beautiful sunset at Sonle Lap lake in the evening . Cambodia is a beautiful country, and Sareik a great guide. We highly recommend this tour !

We loved this unforgettable experience the pachyderms freely in the jungle we really feel the happy animals that you were able to discuss in French with the manager who was really listening to you One magic word

Good tour with various landscape, mountain with the river, temple in use with the reclining buddha, and old Beng Mealea temple Tonle Sap on boat trip The guide was very kind. Good car and driver

With my wife we had a great day with our guide Youk Makara and our driver Khim. Both very competent and friendly, Beautiful landscapes. We highly recommend

A great days activity away from the crowds at Angkor. Super guide and good value