Kbal Spean

Attraction Angkor | Kulen Hills, Siem Reap, Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
05:00 AM - 03:00 PM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
Second-time visit
Attraction
20.00 USD

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Good for group Group Good
Kbal Spean is off the beaten path and about a 20 minute ride North East of the main archaeological site.

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Why Kbal Spean is special ?

Kbal Spean is a spectacularly carved riverbed, set deep in the jungle to the northeast of Angkor. More commonly referred to in English as the 'River of a Thousand Lingas', the name actually means 'bridgehead', a reference to the natural rock bridge at the site. Lingas have been elaborately carved into the riverbed, and images of Hindu deities are dotted about the area.

What to explore at Kbal Spean?

It is a 2km uphill walk to the carvings, along a pretty path that winds its way up into the jungle, passing by some interesting boulder formations along the way. Carry plenty of water up the hill, as there is none available beyond the parking area. The path eventually splits to the waterfall or the river carvings. There is an impressive carving of Vishnu on the upper section of the river, followed by a series of carvings at the bridgehead itself, many of which have been tragically hacked off in the past few years. This area is now roped off to protect the carvings from further damage.
Following the river down, there are several more impressive carvings of Vishnu, and Shiva with his consort Uma, and further downstream hundreds of linga appear on the riverbed. At the top of the waterfall, there are many animal images, including a cow and a frog, and a path winds around the boulders to a wooden staircase leading down to the base of the falls. Visitors between January and June will be disappointed to see very little water here. The best time to visit is between September and December.

Selling points

  • Enchanting meeting of the natural and the sacred
  • A place filled with sanctity, divinity and beauty!
  • Heritage combined with nature
  • An ethnographic feast
  • Worth the trek of 50 km from Angkor Wat
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
457.90 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
25 places

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Angkor | Kulen Hills, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Tips for you

  • Entrance to the area closes at 3:00PM.
    Timming
  • The entrance fee is inculded in the Angkor Pass(20 $)
    Ticket and Pricing
  • Ask the taxi or tuck tuck drivers how much to get there. You can bargain to have good price.
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  • Remember to wear comfortable shoes because you need to walk a lot.
    What to wear
  • As you climb, you can hold on to various tree roots, which look like small branches, which are strong enough to bear our weight.
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Walk up the hall about 1km through the jungle can see different lifestyle, spider, butterfly, ant... Arrive at the top will see the waterfall and temple and picture under the water. It was very nice style.

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Took an hour to climb to the carvings in the heat and it was not a climb for anyone with an injury or bad knees or ankles as it was quite steep. A little disappointing once at the top as there was very little to see, apart from some carvings in the rocks alongside the creek.

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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.

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Walk up the hall about 1km through the jungle can see different lifestyle, spider, butterfly, ant... Arrive at the top will see the waterfall and temple and picture under the water. It was very nice style.

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