Visit the origins of the Khmer Empire on a day trip to Kulen Mountain, on the outskirts of Siem Reap. Drive past paddy fields and remote villages to see the carvings of Yoni and Linga etched into the sandstone riverbed.
What to Expect
If you have explored the vast temple complex of Angkor Wat, now it is time to see where it all began. On this full day tour from Siem Reap you will head out to the Kulen Mountains, an isolated mountain massif in the Svay Leu District.
Located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Siem Reap, you will drive through a lush landscape of paddy fields and remote villages to the National Park.
Widely regarded as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire, it dates back to the 9th-Century and is thought to be where Jayavanman II initiated the cult of the Shiva Linga and declared independence from Java in 802 AD.
Declaring a unified Khmer Empire under a single ruler, it began what later would be known as the Angkor period, although the capital city would not be moved for another century.
You will explore several ruins, including the carvings of Yoni and Linga etched into the sandstone riverbed and the stone representation of the Hindu god Vishnu lying on his serpent Ananta, with his wife Lakshmi at his feet.
Your guide will take you to the major sights and explain the history of the Khmer Empire, revealing some unique places along the way.
You will see pagodas and a beautiful waterfall at the end the river. Regarded by Cambodians as a sacred destination, you will get to soak up the atmosphere on the 7-hour day trip.
Wear comfortable shoes for the short hikes and remember to bring your swimming costume so that you can take a quick dip in the cool rock pools.
All entrance and permit fees are taken care of, along with round-trip transfers, and you will have a delicious lunch in the country before returning to Siem Reap in the early afternoon.
- English speaking guide
- Entrance fees and check points
- Lunch (including a drink)
Know Before You Go
This tour does not include insurance. Please make sure your insurance policy covers all the activities involved on the tour.
Pick-up from hotel at 08:00, return to Siem Reap at 15:00.
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Not recommended for participants with back problems
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 if desired
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.