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Phnom Kulen, one of the great marvels in Cambodia lies 50 km north east of Siem Reap. It takes approximately 2 hours to drive to the hill top which opened up to travelers only in 1999. Not many travelers passing through Siem Reap visit Phnom Kulen, primarily due to the cost of getting there and getting back. However, we think that it should be on everyone's itinerary, which is why we have teamed up with our local host, a professional guide passionate about the potential of Phnom Kulen to design our own version of a Phnom Kulen getaway.
Kulen is considered by Khmers to be the most sacred mountain in Cambodia and it is a popular place for domestic visitors during weekends and festivals. The hill was used as the ancient capital city in AD 802 by the king Jayavarman II who declared himself as god king and announced independence from Java, then giving birth to present day Cambodia. On the hilltop there are 56 Angkorian temples made of bricks and volcanic stones, but most of them are in poor condition. The last attractive spot is a waterfall, it splits in two spots, the first waterfall is four or five meters heights and 20 to 25 in diameters during the dry and monsoon season respectively. The second waterfall is 15 to 20 meters in height and 10 to 15 diameters.
The water is considered holy and Khmers like to bottle it to take home with them. The source of water eventually flows in to Tonle Sap Lake and is thought to bless the water ways of Cambodia.
Morning visit: Leave from the hotel by 8:00 AM before reaching the mountain you will also travel along the valley "Mountain of Lychees". Once you reach the peak, you will see two waterfalls. The first is between four and five metres high and 20 to 25 metres wide. The second waterfall is 15 to 20 metres high and 10 to 15 metres wide. Near the falls, you can also witness the thousand Linga which runs along the river of Siem Reap and has a lot of figures of Yoni and Linga spread out at the bottom of the river. Finally Preah Ang Thom houses a large statue of the sleeping Buddha
Pick-up and drop-off service is included in this tour. You will be asked to enter your pick up address during checkout
Pick-up from hotel will be at 08:00 while return back to hotel in Siem Reap will be at 15:00
A moderate amount of walking is involved
Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
There will be opportunity to swim so please bring swimwear, towel and extra set of clothes
Comfortable shoes highly recommended
Both male and female visitor are advised to cover up to their elbows and knees or risk refusal of entry, due to the complex being a highly religious site
Siem Reap is one of the main destinations for tourists visiting in Cambodia. And also Angkor Wat has attracted international tourists to this country.
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We had a great day out at Kulen waterfall & Being Mealea. Our host was informative & friendly & we'd highly recommend booking this trip!
2 Aug, 2019
This was a wonderful day out. It was great to get away from town and into the forest for a while. The landscape is truly stunning, the culture rich and the swimming pool beneath the waterfall is amazing.
7 Sep, 2018
Great personal service, we really enjoyed the knowledge and warmth of our guide and driver. A must do for all ages when visiting Siem Reap. Amazing day!
11 Jul, 2018
A fun day out with the family exploring the Cambodian countryside. Our guide was very attentive and answered all our questions. More so for our son for whom this actually turned out to be quite the educational trip as they got to learn bits about Cambodian history and culture of Phnom Kulen. For us though, it was yet another humbling experience to see how locals spend their daily lives outside the city. We're happy that we did this tour and would recommend to everyone visiting Siem Reap.
19 Jan, 2018
When you do an activity with Backstreet Academy, you can be rest assured that you're signing up for excellent service and an unforgettable experience. All communications are done in perfect English, and the team are highly responsive. I was in Siem Reap, and signed up for three courses:
-the Phare Circus:
HIGHLY recommended. The circus tells a moving, intimate story of one of the founders who suffered during the time of the Khmer Rouge but survived and came out believing in the future of youths. The circus also offers sessions where you can learn some of the acrobatics! Not only is the act world-class, but it's also part of an amazing, life-changing social enterprise. Definitely a must attend.
-Day trip to Mount Kulen:
Our guides were passionate and very knowledgeable about Mount Kulen and Cambodian history - he was able to go all the way to BC!! Both guides also went out of their way to ensure that we were comfortable and happy.
-Sunset quad bike:
Safety was of the highest priority here; a rider in front and behind come along to stop traffic on public roads and ensure that everything's all right. The country side was scenic, and the sunset over the rice fields with grazing cows was a sight to behold.
Thank you Backstreet for providing top notch experiences with reliable services.