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Kbal Spean Tours

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Kbal Spean
While the decaying structures and overgrown temples of Angkor Wat remain among the most popular destinations in Siem Reap, the rare collection of stone carvings along the Stung Kbal Spean River, typically known as simply Kbal Spean, continues to bring art and archaeology lovers outside the city and beyond Angkor.  

The impressive carvings that line the riverbed, also known as the "River of a Thousand Lingas", pay homage to the Hindu god Shiva. During the 11th and 12th centuries, artisans chipped away at delicate sandstone leaving intricate phallic symbols, mythological creatures and religious images along the shores. Visitors must trek two kilometers up rocky, uneven terrain to spy the hand-carved statues. Some argue the hike is more trouble than it’s worth, but most agree that travelers seeking to connect with nature and explore Cambodia’s rich and colorful history will appreciate a trip to Kbal Spean.

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Kbal Spean lies in the Kulen Hills to the northeast of Angkor in Siem Reap. It’s about 25 kilometers from the most popular group of Angkor ruins.
Address: Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Explore Kbal SpeanBus Tours

Explore Kbal Spean

While Siem Reap’s temples and historic attractions are undeniably beautiful, visitors can enjoy lesser-known but equally impressive archaeological sites on a day trip to Kbal Spean. This half-day guided tour takes travelers between ancient landmarks nestled in the wilderness of Phnom Kulen National Park. The ideal option for visitors who want to learn about Cambodia’s history in unique surroundings.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei, and Banteay Samre TourBus Tours

Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei, and Banteay Samre Tour

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Go beyond Angkor Wat and explore the countryside of Cambodia on a private tour. Hike up to Kbal Spean and see the “River of 1000 Lingas,” visit the “Citadel of Women” also known as Banteay Srei to learn about the history of the Khmer people, and stop at the 12th-century Hindu temple of Banteay Samre built in the same style as Angkor Wat over the course of the day.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre Day Trip from Siem ReapFull-day Tours

Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre Day Trip from Siem Reap

Cambodia's rich history is an essential part of any trip. On this tour, which avoids the large crowds at Angkor Wat, you'll enjoy an opportunity to see Khmer art and architecture from the 10th to 12th centuries, including rock relief carvings along the banks of the Siem Reap River that many tourists miss. Taking a private tour means you'll have plenty of time to ask your guide about the history and meaning of the carvings.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Banteay Srey & Kbal Spean by JeepCity Packages

Banteay Srey & Kbal Spean by Jeep

Go off the beaten path through rice paddy fields and villages to the beautiful pink sandstone Banteay Srey with the most refined and well-preserved carvings of Angkorian arts and continue by passing the breathtaking landscape, mountain ranges, jungle, and plantations and then enjoy a 1.5 km trekking up the natural hill of Kbal Spean to see waterfall and intricated carvings on the natural stone of the river-floor.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Kbal Spean and Banteay Srei Temple - Private full day with transportFull-day Tours

Kbal Spean and Banteay Srei Temple - Private full day with transport

Beat the crowds and visit an off-the-beaten-path part of Siem Reap on a full-day tour of Banteay Srei and Kbal Spean (River of a Thousand Lingas). Perfect for lovers of art, architecture, and nature, this tour provides an insider’s glimpse into the ancient Khmer history and the Angkor empire. Plus, exploring with a guide means you’ll be able to decipher hard-to-find carvings that may otherwise have eluded you.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Angkor Wat Outer Circle Tour (Banteay Srei, Kbal Spean, Beng Mealea, Roluos)Full-day Tours

Angkor Wat Outer Circle Tour (Banteay Srei, Kbal Spean, Beng Mealea, Roluos)

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With this Special Tour, you'll spend a day exploring 4 reclusive spots in the outer jungle of Angkor Wat that are less known and remained reclusive ruins. Beng Mealea, for example, hasn't been fully restored, so you'll get a true taste of the original Angkor Wat heritage. You'll avoid wasting time finding temples, because our drivers know the route well, which gives you more time sightseeing. Believe me, it will be hot all day with direct sunlight, so we provide 5-star service that relieves you with ice bottle water and icy cooling towels, bringing you full energy to explore the next temple. This is guaranteed to be the best touring service you can find.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Kbal Spean and Banteay Srei Shared TourBus Tours

Kbal Spean and Banteay Srei Shared Tour

We will visit the river is located on a 150m stretch of the Steung Kbal Spean River which is around 25km from the main group of temples near Angkor Wat. There are also other Hindu mythological motifs including carvings of Hanuman, Lakshmi, Rama, Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma. After lunch, we will start the tour with a short journey to Banteay Srei which is a beautiful temple located about 35km outside of Siem Reap town. You'll also have the opportunity to stop at a local community along the way and I will help you to experience the daily life of the locals living there. We can also taste some palm wine and palm sugar (depending on the season) and try other local products.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei & Grand CircuitBus Tours

Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei & Grand Circuit

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This is a private tour for you and your group only. The tour is very flexible to adjust your traveling time and we guarantee there is NO hidden cost. We use our good experience tour guide to take care of your journey.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Kbal Spean-Banteay Srei & Rolous Group Full-day tourNature and Wildlife

Kbal Spean-Banteay Srei & Rolous Group Full-day tour

Stay another day to explore Khmer ancient city 1000 Lingas River and the most beautiful of Khmer Art
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Kbal Spean Waterfall & Banteay Srei (Lady Temple)Bus Tours

Kbal Spean Waterfall & Banteay Srei (Lady Temple)

PRASAT BANTEAY SREI The most beautiful, pink sandstone temple with detailed caving. Its 35 kilometers away from grand tour site. Because of its delicate carvings Banteay Srei is also known as “Lady Temple”. KBAL SPEAN Kbal Spean “Bridge Head” is 48K from Siem Reap city. At the top of the mountain there is a temple dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu built by King Survarman I and King Udayadit Yavarman II who ruled between 11th and 12th century. You will enjoy your hike if you take your time and look around. In the wet season you will see the waterfall and in summer it is easier to see the figures and depictions carved in the rocks. NOTE: A reasonable degree of fitness is needed for this hike. Dry season is easier than wet season.
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  • 8 to 30 minutes
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  • 8 to 30 minutes
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Private Kbal Spean & Banteay Srei TourFull-day Tours

Private Kbal Spean & Banteay Srei Tour

Take a full day to discover the 1000 lingas at Kbal Spean and the amazing Banteay Srei temple plus up to two other temples. Enjoy comfortable transportation from and to your accommodation and on the tour. If you chose an option with a guide, he will explain the history and culture. We will start our tour at the small and charming Pre Rup temple. Then, we'll go to Kbal Spean which is known as the river of 1000 lingas. Banteay Srei is the next spot and we'll explore this beautiful pink stone temple. If time permit, we can visit Preah Khan temple, known as the holy city of victory.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Banteay Srey & Kbal Spean by JeepCity Packages

Banteay Srey & Kbal Spean by Jeep

Go off the beaten path through rice paddy fields and villages to the beautiful pink sandstone Banteay Srey with the most refined and well-preserved carvings of Angkorian arts and continue by passing the breathtaking landscape, mountain ranges, jungle and plantations and then enjoy a 1.5 km trekking up the natural hill of Kbal Spean to see waterfall and intricated carvings on the natural stone of the river-floor.
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  • 7 to 10 hours
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  • 7 to 10 hours
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One Day Private Guide Tour to Kbal Spean ‘Thousand Lingas’ & Banteay SreiFull-day Tours

One Day Private Guide Tour to Kbal Spean ‘Thousand Lingas’ & Banteay Srei

Today, 8:00am meet your personal guide and driver and journey north to the Kbal Spean. The original ‘River of a Thousand Lingas’, Kbal Spean is an intricately carved riverbed deep in the foothills of the Cambodian jungle. The river flows down to the Tonle Sap Lake, and in ancient times its holy waters breathed life into the rice fields of the empire via the most complex irrigation system the world had ever seen. The Khmers venerated its limestone bed with a riot of carvings, including the delicate deities Vishnu and Shiva with their consorts. Lingams are phallic representations sacred to Hindus as fertility symbols and hundreds, perhaps thousands, are carved into the bedrock here. The carvings were only rediscovered in 1969 when French researcher Jean Boulbet was shown the river by a local hermit. A trip to Kbal Spean is one of the easiest ways to experience a short jungle trek in the Angkor area, as it is a steady but scenic climb to reach the river carvings.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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 Visit remote temples Beng Melea Kbal Spean Srei BanteayDay Trips

 Visit remote temples Beng Melea Kbal Spean Srei Banteay

Beng Mealea Kbal Bean Spean Banteay Srei Cambodia Travel Angkor Adventure Discover Beng Melea Temple, Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei Summary program: Visit Beng Melea - Kbal Spean (Thousand Linga River) - Banteay Srei
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Kbal Spean & Banteay Srei Temple Tour Half-day Tours

Kbal Spean & Banteay Srei Temple Tour

Kbal Spean or the River of 1000 Lingams has an intricately carved riverbed deep in the foothills of the Cambodian jungle. It is a unique feeling when visiting Kbal Spean because this secret place is hiding in the forest. We will need to go trekking to reach the site while enjoy the view of nature and wildlife. After lunch, we continue our tour to Banteay Srei, the gemstone of Angkor. The temple was built by red sandstone blocks which is the unique of Banteay Srei. Finally, we will visit Banteay Samre, a 12th century temple which share the similarity of Angkor Wat.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Private Exploration to Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei and Banteay SamreBus Tours

Private Exploration to Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre

Escape the crowds around the main Angkor temples with a full-day private tour to the outlying sites of Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei, and Banteay Samre. Head to two distinctive temples to view their stunning architecture, which differs from that of Angkor Wat. Then walk along a dirt trail to reach the River of a Thousand Lingas (Kbal Spean) where you can see ancient Khmer carvings in the river rocks.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Group Tour Kbal Spean and Banteay Srei and Banteay SamreDay Trips

Group Tour Kbal Spean and Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre

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This tour to Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei, and Banteay Samre will take you far from the busy area around Angkor Wat, to the more peaceful, lesser-visited sites of interest further out. See some of the finest temples and carving work in the Angkor area without the crowds. These temples are around 30 miles (49 kilometers) from Siem Reap, so this organized group tour is a convenient way of reaching them.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Private One Day Exploration at Thousands of Linga, Kbal Spean and Lady TempleFull-day Tours

Private One Day Exploration at Thousands of Linga, Kbal Spean and Lady Temple

Put on your walking shoes and discover the Cambodian jungle! Hidden from the beaten track lies Kbal Spean with the “River of Thousand Lingas” and an impressive waterfall. To get to the top of Kbal Spean and appreciate the intricately carved stone river bed you have to conquer a fairly steep incline, but fear not – the path is well worn and the biggest obstacles and boulders are overcome by series of well maintained wooden staircases, yet at least medium level of fitness is required for this 3km jungle walk. On your way back you will visit a small temple of Banteay Srei well known for its beautiful delicate carvings in warm pink sandstone. This late 10th century structure is fairly compact and very different from other Angkorian temples. To round off your day you may also visit Banteay Samre – a larger temple which is often overlooked by tourists and looks gorgeous in late afternoon light.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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 Banteay Srey ( woman's temple), Kbal Spean and Beng Mealea Temple Day Trips

Banteay Srey ( woman's temple), Kbal Spean and Beng Mealea Temple

We designed this day tour for visitors who look for a tour to see 3 famous remote sites in one day. 1. Banteay Srey temple, is known as woman temple. The special charm of this temple lies in its remarkable state of preservation, small size and excellence of decoration. 2. Cheerful hiking up mountain to see the carvings of Hindu Lords on sandstone riverbed. 3. Beng Mealea, this stunning temple has been left to ruins, still jungle took over and remote location away from Siem Reap town. However, after setting eyes on the temple, you’ll understand why it’s worth the trip.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Angkor Wat Admission TicketCity Packages

Angkor Wat Admission Ticket

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Save the hassle of visiting the ticket office by buying your 1-, 3-, or 7-day Angkor Archaeological Park pass in advance. Rather than waiting in line to purchase your pass on the day—particularly inconvenient if you’re heading to Angkor Wat for sunrise—your pass is delivered to your hotel the night before your visit, meaning you can go directly to temples such as Ta Prohm and Banteay Samre without wasting time.
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  • 1 to 7 days
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  • 1 to 7 days

Trek Phnom Kulen Waterfall Day TourDay Trips

Trek Phnom Kulen Waterfall Day Tour

Treat yourself to a scenic drive up Phnom Kulen and explore the abundant greenery of Kulen Waterfall Take a dip in the cool waters, or sit back and watch the local families relish in their sacred homeland Make your way up to the River of a Thousand Lingas and see a gorgeous river with sophisticated carvings Get a blessing the Cambodian way with the Holy Water from this sacred river Discover the beautiful Pagoda and its world-famous Reclining Buddha at rest Enjoy comfortable hotel transfers and the company of your expert local tour guide!
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Enjoy our Sandstone Monument to Super Large Ocean and Island Hiking

Enjoy our Sandstone Monument to Super Large Ocean and Island

Arrival at Siem Reap airport will be welcome by friendly tour guides to take you to the hotel for check in. Visiting the temples will start shortly thereafter, start visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom and Bayon, the temple of faces, it’s the exact centre of the town of Angkor Thom then continue to visit the temple of Baphuon, Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace and Leper King Terrace and back to have lunch at local restaurant in front of Angkor Wat. Afternoon will visit the magnificent temple of Angkor Wat, which was built by King Suryavarman II (1113 - 1150) to dedicate to God 'Vishnu'. Angkor Wat is the largest monument of the Angkor complex and the best preserved, is an architectural masterpiece. It is perfection in composition, balance, proportions, relief and sculptures make it one of the finest monuments in the world.
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  • 6 days
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  • 6 days
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3-Day Siem Reap Tour: Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Bayon and Tonle SapMulti-day Tours

3-Day Siem Reap Tour: Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Bayon and Tonle Sap

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Delve into the mystifying history of Cambodia’s sacred temples and ancient archeological sites on a 3-day adventure from Siem Reap. Immerse yourself in Cambodia rich cultural heritage and discover the awe-inspiring temples of the Khmer Kingdom; marvel at the ancient structures of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat; and hike into the dense depths of the jungle on an excursion to the River of a Thousand Lingas. Cruise around a UNESCO World Heritage-listed Biosphere and enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, on which numbers are limited to 12 people.
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days

The Ancient Cities of Angkor for 3 Days 2 Nights Tour Multi-day Tours

The Ancient Cities of Angkor for 3 Days 2 Nights Tour

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DAY 1 Arrival - Siem Reap Arrival at Siem Reap airport, welcome by friendly tour guide and take you to the hotel for check in. Start visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom and Bayon, the temple of faces, it’s the exact centre of the town of Angkor Thom then continue to visit the temple of Baphuon, Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace and Leper...
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days
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