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Phnum Kulén

Phnum Kulén (Cambodia)

Practical information on Phnum Kulén

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • River
  • Waterfall
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
Two and a half hours from Siem Reap by car
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Phnum Kulén

Bettina Zourli Seasoned Traveller
125 written opinions

A sacred mountain for the whole of the Khmer people, Phnom Kulen is the ideal place to spend an active day trekking with family or friends.

My suggestion:
In the company of a local guide, spend the day in the jungle, lunch at one of the local restaurants, then in the afternoon relax at the waterfalls.
My review

I spent a whole day at Phnom Kulen: it's a place where you can do this without getting bored. You do need to set off quite early though as it's more than two hours away from Siem Reap. 

I recommend heading off to explore the mountain jungle first. It's possible to do this in the company of one of the local guides who wait at the entrance to the village. In fact this is the recommended option: they'll take you to see sculptures hidden in the forest as well as caves and other interesting sites in the mountains. 

Kbal Spean is the place to visit next: a site located along Cambodia's sacred Stung Kbal Spean River. There are more than 1,000 little linga sculptures (Buddhist phallic symbols) carved into the river bed here – quite an impressive sight! 

After trekking through the jungle for three hours, I really enjoyed the opportunity to cool down at the nearby waterfall. It's actually a very popular meeting place for the Khmer people, who often come here at weekends (it can quickly get packed!) to picnic and relax. 

Phnom Kulen Waterfall
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