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Phnom Kulen National Park
Phnom Kulen National Park

Phnom Kulen National Park

Siem Reap

The Basics

The mountain of Phnom Kulen, the centerpiece of this national park, is one of Cambodian Buddhists’ most sacred mountains. Join the pilgrims worshiping at the mountain’s temples, and visit Kulen Falls to swim, lounge in the shade, or picnic. Other highlights include the reclining Buddha at Preah Ang Thom Pagoda and the Khmer carvings of Kbal Spean (River of a Thousand Lingas); you’ll need to carry a ticket to the Angkor temple complex to access Kbal Spean.

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Full-Day Tour: Phnom Kulen Waterfall National Park from Siem Reap
Full-Day Tour: Phnom Kulen Waterfall National Park from Siem Reap
star-4.5
$48.00 per adult
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This tour was amazing. Our guide...
This tour was amazing. Our guide Cherry was very friendly and informative. We enjoyed this trip, especially the time spent at the waterfall. Beautiful temples and carvings along the way aswell as some stalls to buy from. We had a really nice group of 6 and met some lovely people during this day.
Sherelle L, Dec 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Siem Reap

star-4
good tour
reynoldsstephen, Jan 2020
Phnom Kulen Waterfall National Park Tour
person was very soft spoken so really really pay attention to what they are saying or you miss everything. The falls was ok but think part of problem was came at wrong time of year
star-4
The waterfalls was worth the trek...
Roberto M, Jan 2018
Full-Day Tour: Phnom Kulen Waterfall National Park from Siem Reap
The waterfalls was worth the trek. Just be careful with the path with uneven surfaces, large rocks some can be slippery. In you’re in for more adventure don’t forge to bring towel and swim wear. Be sure to know what “lingas” are; otherwise you’ll not understand what to see in the river bed.
star-5
Great tour great guide and...
Neale G, Dec 2017
Full-Day Tour: Phnom Kulen Waterfall National Park from Siem Reap
Great tour great guide and driver. Picked up from our hotel on time and went on a small four person tour. Our guide, Mr Lux, was very knowledgeable about the mountain and it’s history. He also answer all our questions regarding Cambodia, it’s people, it’s past and it’s future. Highly recommend.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Only cars can manage the steep drive up the mountain; if you arrive by tuk tuk, you’ll need to make a 2-hour hike to the summit.

  • As at other holy sites in Cambodia, visitors should dress modestly, with clothing that covers knees and elbows.

  • The park’s pathways are uneven and can be slippery and might be a challenge for some visitors; be sure to wear sturdy footwear.

  • Phnom Kulen National Park is on the same road as Banteay Srei, and the two sites can be combined in one trip.

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How to Get There

Phnom Kulen National Park is located on Route 67, about 29 miles (47 km.) north of Siem Reap and about a 2-hour drive from the city. Within the park, the road is just a one-way dirt track that snakes steeply up the mountain. Hike to the summit, or hire a car to drive you all the way to the top.

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When to Get There

The one-way road to the summit changes direction every day at noon: cars may go up in the morning and may come back in the afternoon. So if you’re planning to drive, you’ll need to hire a car for the day, arrive by 11am, and then wait until the afternoon to descend. Alternatively, opt for a tour includes transportation.

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Swimming in Phnom Kulen National Park

The natural pools beneath the park’s waterfall are ideal for cooling off on steamy days. Bring a bathing suit and towel, and consider packing a pair of sturdy, waterproof sandals as the surrounding rocks can be slippery. Lock boxes for storing valuables are available for rent by the swimming area.

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