Kbal Spean, Siem Reap

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Carved into a terraced sandstone riverbed deep in the jungle, Kbal Spean features elaborate scenes from the Sanskrit epic Ramayana. Follow a 2 km (1.2 mi) uphill walk to the site, pausing to see a balancing rock and waterfalls en route. Once there, admire the exquisite carving of Vishnu cut into the bank, as well as intricate floral motives washed by the clear water cutting through the rock. Search for the pink sandstone's countless lingas, rendered in the 10th and 11th centuries to bless the waters, and look for board game-like carvings on the very bed. Wash your hands here for good luck. Hire a guide to explain the Hindu tradition to you, and bring plenty of water. Add Kbal Spean to your Siem Reap travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Siem Reap road trip planner .
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  • It was a very fresh resort with cool water and Lingas that deep in the forest a bit far from Angkor Wat. We took tuktuk spent about 1hour and half in driving along the way we could enjoy the local peo...  more »
  • Frankly, it's worth a look if we're going to visit Banteay Srei and Beng Mealea at the same time (journey to 60 USD in cab). Nice walk in the Woods (1500 meters) to reach the river of a thousand lingas. 400 meters from the goal (panels every 100 metres), take the turnoff on the right that allows to reach the upper part of the river. From upstream, then downstream to the bottom of the waterfall. It is marked
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  • This is great site to add to an itinerary of temples. Hike up a relatively steep trail in the woods, about 1.5 km, to reach a delightful hidden waterfall where sacred carvings have remained in the roc...  more »
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  • Small water stream flowing through the jungle, scattered sculptures in the region. You can walk down the stream to see more of them, tourists usually stay on higher ground. Has a distant mystic charm about this place.
  • Holy waterfall on hilltop. It is one of the water source for Siem Reap River. Nice for trekking and pinicking. There are also carving of linga under the river bed.
  • A beautiful waterfall up the hill. You need to hike abourmt 45 min. to see the scenery. There are also many sculptures along the river. If you like to swim, don't forget bring your swimwear.
  • This place very cold to see waterfall and lots linga in river statues are beautiful under stone part of waterfalls
  • Good to walk in the jungle for a change and fascinating to see the carvings in the river bed.

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