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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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  • To get here there is a 1.5km climb over rocks and stones, so you need good shoes and a bit of determination. Nevertheless, my wife and I are both in our 70s (and my wife has recently had hip replaceme...  more »
  • Kbal Spean is a holy place to all those who follow Hinduism. There are about 1000 siva lingas in the bottom of a small river. There are also a few more Hindu deity carvings on stones in the stream. We...  more »
  • Great location with a short walk. Beautiful carvings. Not many tourists and plenty of nature. The only problem is that again the Angkor ticket needs what really annoying and if one has no long ticket it's expensive! The hike is not really long ca 1500m with a medium gradient.
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