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Siem Reap: Full-Day Kulen Waterfall and 1000 Lingas Tour

1. Siem Reap: Full-Day Kulen Waterfall and 1000 Lingas Tour

Phnom Kulen is considered a holy mountain in Cambodia and is of special religious significance to Hindus and Buddhists. Visit this sacred site and  discover it's beauty. This amazing Kulen waterfall and 1000 Lingas tour includes a croissant, local snacks, and seasonal fruits available uphill. We are proud to assist local businesses and communities in benefiting from the tour. Please keep in mind that lunch will be served late (excluded), around 2-3pm, after plenty of time spent at the waterfall. Rest assured, we carefully select top-quality restaurants in the area with prices ranging from usd5 to usd15 per plate, ensuring excellent food and hygiene standards. The tour starts with a drive to the foot of the Kulen mountain, the birthplace of the great Khmer Empire in AD 802. Enjoy the breathtaking drive up the mountain, exploring the abundant greenery and the Kulen Waterfall. Take a dip if you wish, or sit back and watch the local families in their sacred homeland. Make your way up the mountain by foot to the River of a Thousand Lingas, a gorgeous river with sophisticated Shiva Linga carvings covering its floor. Get a blessing in the Cambodian way, with the holy water from this sacred river. Continue up to the tip of the mountain to discover the beautiful Pagoda and its world-famous Reclining Buddha at rest. See the beauty of this spiritual place as you wander through. Enjoy your own packed lunch for the day or purchase a lunch at the basic food stalls located near the park or wait until you enjoy swimming in the waterfall and have your tasty lunch on the foothill before returning back to town. Restaurants chosen by your tour guide prioritize hygiene and quality. The price range is similar for uphill and downhill restaurants, but we always select the best one for our clients. Please note that our company has no affiliation with the restaurant.

Kulen Mountain: Small-Group Tour and Picnic lunch

2. Kulen Mountain: Small-Group Tour and Picnic lunch

Enjoy a full-day outing to Phnom Kulen National Park on this guided tour. Experience a convenient transfer service, ascend to the top of Kulen Mountain, savour a delicious lunch, and much more on this day of adventure. Start your journey with a convenient pickup service from your hotel between 8:00 AM and 8:20 AM. Travel via a shared vehicle to Phnom Kulen National Park. Journey through rural Cambodian villages and observe locals going about their everyday lives and admire beautiful landscapes such as rice paddies and traditional dwellings. Stop at the most authentic village of Phum Preah Dak where you can learn how the local people make traditional palm cake and palm sugar. Continue to the hilltop of Phnom Kulen as your knowledgeable local guide takes you to the most spectacular tourist attractions in the national park, including the largest and most beautiful waterfalls, the reclining Buddha sculpture, and the River of Thousand Linga, which was constructed in 802 AD. After all the crawling, stop for a picnic at a nearby waterfall, where you can enjoy grilled chicken with seasonal fruits. Enjoy a tasty vegetarian option as well if you prefer. Finish lunch and see the most beautiful landscape of Kulen Mountain's cliff before heading back to your hotel in Siem Reap.

Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain, Beng Mealea and Tonle Sap Tour

3. Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain, Beng Mealea and Tonle Sap Tour

Embark on a full-day guided tour from Siem Reap to Kulen Mountain, enchanting waterfalls, and the ancient temple of Beng Melea. Experience rural life in the floating village of Kampong Phluk by boat. Immerse yourself in Cambodian culture and nature on this enriching adventure. Start with a morning hotel pickup in Siem Reap. After securing your ticket for Kulen Mountain, the adventure unfolds with a scenic 1-hour drive through rice paddies and traditional Cambodian villages, offering a glimpse into local life and picturesque landscapes. Stop at the Palm Cake Village to witness traditional palm cake. Next, ascend to the hilltop of Phnom Kulen, guided by a local. Explore the park's highlights, including magnificent waterfalls, a reclining Buddha sculpture, and the River of Thousand Lingas from 802 AD. After all the crawling, stop for a picnic at a nearby waterfall, where you can enjoy grilled chicken with seasonal fruits and swimming at the waterfalls before heading before heading deep into a rainforest to explore Beng Melea, a mysterious 12th-century jungle from the Angkor Wat period overgrown with 300 years of vegetation, trees, lianas, and mosses. Continue the journey with a boat ride to Kampong Phluk, a floating village. Witness the daily lives of families dependent on fishing, residing in colorful houses on stilts. Boating along the flooded beauty of a mangrove forest, home to diverse species including crab-eating macaques. Conclude the tour with a visit to a Buddhist monastery on an artificial island, providing an immersive experience of Cambodia's cultural and natural wonders, before returning to Siem Reap.

Siem Reap: Small Group Tour of Kulen Elephant Forest

4. Siem Reap: Small Group Tour of Kulen Elephant Forest

Spend the morning or afternoon at Kulen Elephant Forest watching the animals and admiring the forest around you. Feed the elephants and get your photo taken with an elephant. Depart from the tour provider’s office in downtown Siem Reap. Ride the shuttle bus for an hour to the Kulen Elephant Forest. First, the expert guide will give an introductory briefing. Then get some handmade healthy snacks for the elephants and get up close to them and feed them. Next, you will experience the daily life of the elephants. Spend your time observing them as they enjoy their surroundings and play by the pond. Walk with them into the forest and witness how they choose to spend their time. At noon, retire to base camp and enjoy a traditional Khmer meal or snack before heading back to Siem Reap town.

From Siem Reap: Guided Kulen Waterfall Tour

5. From Siem Reap: Guided Kulen Waterfall Tour

Explore Kulen Mountain, also known as Mountain of the Lychee, on a trip from Siem Reap. Phnom Kulen National Park is known as the site where the Khmer Empire originated and has religious significance to both Hindus and Buddhists. Discover its archaeological and natural highlights with your guide. Start your day with pickup from your hotel and head to Kulen Mountain. First, stop to visit a quarry where stones were cut and used to build the temples in the area. Continue onward to see the 1000 Lingas at a riverside archaeological park. Next, explore its sacred hilltop with over 30 temple ruins and see a large reclining Buddha. Then, trek to Kulen Waterfall and enjoy a swim in its waters. On the way back to Siem Reap, make a quick stop at a palm sugar village, before making an optional final stop at the Cambodia Landmine Museum.

Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain, Beng Mealea, and Tonle Sap Tour

6. Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain, Beng Mealea, and Tonle Sap Tour

You will be picked you up from your hotel at between 7:30 am 8:00 am and take you to purchase a ticket of Kulen Mountain. We will then head to Phnom Kulen National Park for approximately 1 hour. This journey takes you through rural Cambodian villages, where you may observe locals going about their everyday lives and admire beautiful landscapes such as rice paddies and traditional dwellings. Stop off at the Palm Sugar Village and witness how Cambodian people make their own sugar to supply their families and villages. Afterward, we continue to the hilltop of Phnom Kulen, and our knowledgeable local guide will take you to the most spectacular tourist attractions in the national park, including the largest and most beautiful waterfalls, the reclining Buddha sculpture, and the River of Thousand Linga, which was constructed in 802 AD. After all the crawling, stop for a picnic at a nearby waterfall, where you can enjoy grilled chicken with seasonal fruits and swimming at the waterfalls before heading to Beng Melea, the mysterious 12th-century temple in the middle of the jungle. This temple is heavily overgrown with vegetation, trees, lianas, and mosses. This temple is surrounded by a rainforest due to it being abundant for over 300 years. When it is not fully restored, many local and international tourists fall in love with the area. Continue to take a local boat from the ferry to explore the famous floating village of Kampong Phluk. There, you can see firsthand what everyday life is like for the many families who make their living primarily from fishing. Most families live on the lake shore in brightly colored houses on long poles, so the high water levels are not a problem during the rainy season. Explore the flooded mangrove forest surrounding the area, which is home to a variety of species, including crab-eating macaques and 3,000 inhabitants. We will then take you to visit a Buddhist monastery built on an artificial island. Drop you off at your hotel.

Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain Small Group Tour with Picnic Lunch

7. Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain Small Group Tour with Picnic Lunch

You will be picked up from your hotel at between 8:00 am to 8:30 am via a shared vehicle to Phnom Kulen National Park. This journey takes you through rural Cambodian villages, where you may observe locals going about their everyday lives and admire beautiful landscapes such as rice paddies and traditional dwellings. Afterward, we continue to the hilltop of Phnom Kulen, and our knowledgeable local guide will take you to the most spectacular tourist attractions in the national park, including the largest and most beautiful waterfalls, the reclining Buddha sculpture, and the River of Thousand Linga, which was constructed in 802 AD. After all the crawling, we stop for picnic at a nearby waterfall, where you can enjoy a grill chicken with seasonal fruits that local farmers plan at the foot of Kulen mountain. After having a great picnic, we take you to see the most beautiful landscape of Kulen Mountain's cliff and back to your hotel in Siem Reap.

Siem Reap: Kulen Elephant Forest & Tonlesap Lake

8. Siem Reap: Kulen Elephant Forest & Tonlesap Lake

Journey into Kulen Elephant Forest on a guided day trip from Siem Reap. Listen to an introductory briefing and meet elephants in their natural habitat, then explore the park on a guided hike to find breathtaking waterfalls. Enjoy picturesque jungle scenery on the drive from your accommodations to the park. Arrive at Kulen Elephant Forest and learn about these majestic creatures during a short introductory briefing. Get up close to the elephants, observing them in their natural habitat and walking with them into the forest. After visit Kulen Elephant forest, we will continue to visit One of the most scenic villages on Tonle Sap Lake, Kompong Phluk is also one of the least visited by tourists. On this tour, learn about local life as you cruise around stilted houses and floating markets, and take a canoe ride through the beautiful flooded forests.

Phnom Kulen National Park Admission Ticket

9. Phnom Kulen National Park Admission Ticket

Take a trouble-free trip to Phnom Kulen by booking your national park admission ticket online in advance. Save time by skipping the visit to the ticket office and have your ticket, which will be your pass for visiting Cambodia’s most sacred mountain, delivered directly to your hotel. With this ticket, visit Cambodia's biggest Reclining Buddha, carved on sandstone and located on top of the hill which can be reached through a flight of steps. Next, set off to the sacred river of 1000 Lingas. There, the riverbed is interestingly carved with numerous lingas, a phallic symbol of the Hindu god, Shiva. You will also see some rock carvings along the river depicting Hindu deities. Then, continue through another sacred site, the Phnom Kulen Waterfalls. Calm your senses by watching the waterfall tumbling down the rocks. You will have time to wade in its basin and opt to cool-off from the midday sun by swimming on its pool.

From Siem Reap: Angkor Wat and Floating Village 3-Day Trip

10. From Siem Reap: Angkor Wat and Floating Village 3-Day Trip

Day 1: We should depart at 8:00 am from your accommodation and before taking you to the Angkor Archaeological Park, we will take you to buy the Angkor pass first and drive you to the last ancient capital city of the Khmer Empire names as Angkor Thom(Gigantic city) to visit beautiful stone temples such as BAYON( temple with many smiling faces), Terrace of Elephant, Royal Palace area, Terrace of Leper King and Baphoun( It is considered as largest Hindu temple in Angkor Thom ). We will have lunch at a local restaurant opposite the Angkor Wat temple. After enjoying your lunch, we continue to explore the most spectacular Angkor Wat temple. If you prefer to watch the sunset, the best spot is Phnom Bakheng hill and we should arrive at the mountain's top before 4:30 pm. Day 2: You will be picked up from your hotel at 8:00 am via a private A/C vehicle to Banteay Srei known as " ladies' temple". This journey takes you through rural Cambodian villages, where you may observe locals going about their everyday lives and admire beautiful landscapes such as rice paddies and traditional dwellings. Stop at the most authentic village"Phum Preah Dak" where you can learn how the local people make palm cake and palm sugar. Afterward, we continue to the pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei and jungle temple of Beng Mealea. After all the crawling, we stop for lunch at a local restaurant, where you can enjoy Cambodian food. After having a great lunch, then we'll go directly to see two main temples of Rolous Group like Bakong temple and Lolie temple and then continue to Kampong Phluk, flooded & fishing village of Tonle Sap lake, located just 21 kilometers from Siem Reap town. Once in the lake port, we'll take a local boat from the ferry to explore the famous floating villages of Kampong Phluk. There, you can see firsthand what everyday life is like for the many families who make their living primarily from fishing. Most families live on the lake shore in brightly colored houses on long poles, so the high water levels are not a problem during the rainy season. Explore the flooded mangrove forest surrounding the area, which is home to a variety of species, including crab-eating macaques and 3,000 inhabitants. We will then take you to visit a Buddhist monastery built on an artificial island and back to your hotel in Siem Reap. Day 3: Please ask your hotel’s staff to pack a takeaway breakfast and we will pick you up at 4:40 am for the sunrise tour at Angkor Wat temple. In order to avoid the crowd, we will start to visit the jungle temple of Ta Prom known as ‘’Tomb raider temple” early and continue with other temples like Preah Khan (Father temple), Neak Pean Ta Som (Tree’s temple), East Mebon (10th century brick temple) and Pre Rup temple known as temple royal crematorium. Drop you off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Phnom Kulen National Park

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 256 reviews

One of the best day tours I've ever done. Mr Chanra was our guide and he was absolutely amazing. He was completely fluent in English and gave us such detailed information on the history. The tour itself was fantastic and very well put together. Each stop was very worthwhile and enjoyable. The locals we met along the way were lovely and made us feel like people not just numbers despite the fact that I'm sure they meet hundreds like us each day. The waterfall was incredible too, you can swim out to it and stand underneath it. If I could give it 10 stars I would. Thanks to the organisers but a special thanks to Mr Chanra for making the experience so good!

We sincerely enjoyed our trip! David was an incredible guide with a lot of knowledge, experience and hospitality! We really enjoyed learning about the Kulen mountain. The lunch was really tasty, we chose vegetarian and ate fried rice with vegetables and spring rolls. Everything went smoothly and would recommend this trip to all my friends!

The organization was good. I would have liked to spend some time at the local markets. The time for this would have been because there were only 2 people in the group. But it was still very interesting. Especially the boat tour on the Tonle Sap. Everything was a lot of fun and very interesting.

Amazing day trip, driver and guide - Chanra were brilliant. Chanra is extremely knowledgeable, took all our photos and was an amazing guide, would highly recommend!!

Varied excursion accompanied by a very friendly guide! We had time to visit markets, villages in addition to Kulen mountain and its waterfall. THANKS !