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View Over Valley Of Kulen Mountain

Phnom Kulen Mountain

Phnom Kulen Mountain is another “Must See”. You’ll have to take a motorbike or a car up the mountain though, a Tuk Tuk can not make the journey up the bumpy mountainside roads. Once up the mountain you can drink from one of the most pure water springs on earth and play in a massive waterfall!

Tour Highlights:

  • Journey through the Cambodian countryside
  • Phnom Kulen Mountain

Tour Walkthrough:
When you arrive at Phnom Kulen, take your time to walk slowly through the local market strip and bargain with the local sellers. Once you have browsed to your heart’s content, walk up a long set of stairs towards a local pagoda. Once you have caught your breath at the top, visit a reclining Buddha made from sandstone; the biggest of its kind in Cambodia. You can take in the views of Cambodia‚Äôs lush forests and jungles whilst on top, then casually walk around the pagoda, taking in all the detail.

Next, eat lunch at a local restaurant and taste the tantalizing flavours that Cambodian food has to offer. You will want to rest before continuing your journey, so be sure to sit by the river and watch as locals picnic on the banks and have fun in the water. Once you are energised, take a walk to the waterfalls of Phnom Kulen and plunge into the refreshing water. Be sure to bring a change of clothes, as it is customary to frolic in the water fully clothed in Cambodia. Once you are ready to leave (though we doubt you will want to), head back to your tuk-tuk and sleep on the journey home.

Estimated Tour Time:
Full-day

Tour Includes:
Hotel Pickup; Transport to and from Phnom Kulen, a cold bottle of water and fresh fruit.

Tour Excludes:
Phnom Kulen entry fee ($20 USD)

Tour Cost:
Car $65

Optional to add Meng Mealea *link*

Small Outer Temple Beng Melea

Beng Mealea

Beng Mealea is one of the more interesting stops. Much of the Temple has fallen in but there are many hidden treasures to be seen.

Tour Highlights:

Tour Walkthrough:
The drive to Beng Mealea is long, but we guarantee it is worth it. Located approximately 70km from Siem Reap, Beng Mealea is a predominantly unrestored temple. Lose yourself in the collapsed galleries and towers, marvel at the large sandstone blocks covered with moss and be amazed at the mass of trees and thick brush growing in and around the temple. Originally built as a Hindu temple, Beng Mealea is believed to have been converted later for Buddhist use.

If you are feeling adventurous, you will find a swimming area around the back of Beng Mealea, though be warned; the rocks are very slippery! After you are finished exploring this humid temple you can pick up some local food in a restaurant across from the temple entrance. Alternatively, you may want to pack a picnic lunch and dine in the serenity of the bushland surround Beng Mealea.

Estimated Tour Time:
Full Day

Tour Includes:
Hotel Pickup And Drop Off, Transport To Beng Mealea, A Cold Bottle Of Water And Fresh Seasonal Fruit

Tour Excludes:
Angkor Archaeological Park Entry Fee ($37 USD 1 Day / $62 USD 3 Day)
Entry Fee To Beng Mealea ($5 USD)
Meals

Suggestions:
Wear Comfortable Sandals Or Shoes Such As Keen Or Teva
$20-$50 For Meals, Extra Water, Souvenirs Etc.

Tour Cost:
Tuk Tuk $40 USD
*At Sunrise Or Sunset Add $5 USD

Car $50 USD
*At Sunrise Or Sunset Add $5 USD