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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. Make Kbal Spean part of your personalized Siem Reap itinerary using our Siem Reap itinerary maker.
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  • 3k round trip hike. Pretty forest. Hardly a waterfall. Long trip by Tuk Tuk to see one stone carving and a nothing waterfall. There are better ways to spend your time. 
  • very curious all these sculptures in the bed of the river. Need 1 hour walk to there access, without great difficulty 1 or 2 more steep passages, the difficulty lies in the heat. Predict water and at least one pair of sports shoes.
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  • The site does not apply in my opinion wait to light trekking to do to achieve it. Maybe this visit can be done if you stop to siem reap several days. other sites are definitely more interesting. too much effort for the heat that there was
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