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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  • The site of a 1000 lingas only comes after walking primarily uphill for 1.5 km through a dusty and uneven path. So be ready for over an hour of that but then it is worth it. The carvings and history o...  more »
  • It takes a good hour to walk up the 1.5 km to the top. Once there it is quite amazing to see all the carvings and would be even more so in the wet season as the river was low so they were mostly expos...  more »
  • famous for his phallus 1000. for here you takes 1 hour for trekking but very worth the time you spend on reply.
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  • Interesting, nice to be away from the crowds closer to Siem Reap. Not amazing, but we enjoyed the 35 minute hike. make it part of a visit to the land mines museum and pink Temple to have it be worthwhile. Tip the guard a few bucks and he can point out some less obvious but good inscriptions.
  • Enjoy the 1.5km hike to where the sculpture are. Came here during dry season, so you can see the stone carving clearly. Not much of hiking experience needed, just one way up and down.
  • It's a lively hike. It's only 1.5km through wooded path and if you are quiet, you may just be lucky enough to glimpse some local fauna
  • From the entrance it’s a 1.5 km way up (circa 30’min) to the falls and the amazing stone-sculptured works. It’s not a difficult way up, but be ready for a bit of trekking and come with the right clothes.
  • Beautiful place with a 1.5km trek to reach the place. Definitely one of the lesser explored sites. Take a quick bath at the waterfall there.
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