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2 DAYS-TOUR WITH PHNOM KULEN WATERFALL

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DAY-1: SMALL CIRCUIT  

The day tour reverses direction and avoids the tourists crowds. Due to the volume of tourists in Angkor, I recommend this itinerary, enabling you to feel free and peaceful for your photos!

MORNING 

Pick up from the hotel at 7:00am , at lobby in SIEM REAP

  • Buying Angkor pass  in $37 USD for an adult)
  • 7:00 am – 7:45 am (45mn) : Driving from your hotel to Buy ticket then heading to Ta Prom
  • 7:45am – 9:00am (1h-15mn) :  VISIT : TA PROM (Tomb Raider or Jungle temple)
  • 9:05am – 9:35am (30mn) : VISIT : BANTEAY KDEY 
  • 9:40am – 10:10am (30mn)  : VISIT : TA TEO
  • 10:15am-10:45am (30mn) : VISIT : CHAO SAY TEVADA – THOMANON
  • 10:50am – 11:05am (15mn) : EAST GATE OF ANGKOR THOM
  • 11:15am – 11:45am (30mn) : LEPER KING AND ELEPHANT TERRACE

AFTERNOON

  • 11:45am – 12:45pm (1h) : BREAK FOR LUNCH
  • 12:45pm – 2:15 pm (1h and 30mn) : VISIT : BAYON – BAPHOUN – PHIMEANAKAS.
  • 2:15pm – 2:30pm (15mn) : DRIVE FROM ANGKOR THOM – ANGKOR WAT
  • 2:30pm – 4:30pm (2h) : VISIT : ANGKOR WAT
  • 4:30pm – 5:00pm (30mn): DRIVE BACK TO YOUR HOTEL.

PHOTO GALLERY OF SMALL CIRCUIT

Siem Reap Angkor tour-Inside of Angkor wat view with the water basinANGKOR WAT

Siem Reap Angkor tour-Angkor wat inside ANGKOR WATSiem Reap Angkor tour-Angkor thom gatesANGKOR THOM
SIEM REAP ANGKOR - BAYON TEMPLEBAYON Siem Reap Angkor tour: Ta promTA PROMSiem Reap Angkor tour-Ta prom by cameraTA PROM 

DAY-2: PHNOM KULEN WATERFALL

MORNING 

  • Pick up from the hotel at 7:30 am, at lobby in SIEM REAP
  • 7:30am – 8:00am (30mn) : Drive to the ticket booth to buy the PHNOM KULEN VISIT PASS.  
  • 8:00am – 10:00am (2h) : Drive from TICKET BOOTHPHNOM KULEN.

ATTRACTIONS ARE POSSIBLE TO VISIT BY CAR

  • 10:00am – 11:00am (1h) : VISIT : 1000 LINGAS and WATER SPRING (Holy water believe by local people)
  • 11:10am – 12:10pm (1h) : VISIT : PREAH ANG THOM (Reclining Buddha statue built in 16th century on the highest of mountain peak).

AFTERNOON

  • 12:10pm – 1:10pm (1h) : Break for LUNCH
  • 1:10pm – 2:10pm (1h) : ENJOY THE WATERFALL (You can swim in the natural pool, Please you arrange the swimming clothes).
1000 lingasSpring WaterPr-Ang ThomWaterfall

MORE ATTRACTIONS ARE NOT POSSIBLE TO VISIT BY CAR BUT FOR MOTORBIKE

If we have time, I will add them for your trip such as:

  • SRAH DOMREI
  • BAT CAVE
  • WAT PREAH KRAL
Srah DomreiBat CarvePreah Kral

After finishing PHNOM KULEN trip, If we still have time on the way back, we will let you see some attractions on the way such as: BANTEAY SREI TEMPLE / LANDMINE MUSEUM / SHOOTING RANGE / PALM MARKET / BBC BUTTERFLY CENTER

  • BACK TO THE HOTEL END!
BANTEAY SREIBANTEAY SAMRE
LANDMINE SMSHOOTING RANGEPALM MARKETS

NOTED: WE ARE FLEXIBLE, WE DON’T LIMIT THE TIME FOR YOUR TRIP, WE ONLY SET ESTIMATED TIME BY FLOLLOWING OUR EXPERIANCE!

CHECK ATTRACTIONS AND PRICE ON THE NEXT PAGES

IEM REAP ATTRACTIONS


TEMPLES IN SMALL CIRCUIT

ANGKOR WAT

Angkor Wat (Khmer: អង្គរវត្ត or “Capital Temple”) is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world, on a site measuring 162.6 hectares (1,626,000 m2; 402 acres). It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple of god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century. It was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century inYaśodharapura (Khmer: យសោធរបុរៈ, present-day Agkor), the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaiva tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors. Angkor Wat combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple-mounntain and the later galleried temple.……CLICK TO READ MORE!

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ANGKOR THOM

Angkor Thom was established as the capital of Jayavarman VII’s empire, and was the centre of his massive building programme. One inscription found in the city refers to Jayavarman as the groom and the city as his bride. Angkor Thom seems not to be the first Khmer capital on the site, however. Yasodharapura, dating from three centuries earlier, was centred slightly further northwest, and Angkor Thom overlapped parts of it. The most notable earlier temples within the city are the former state temple of Baphoun and Phimeanakas which was incorporated into the Royal Palace. The Khmers did not draw any clear distinctions between Angkor Thom and Yashodharapura: even in the fourteenth century an inscription used the earlier name. The name of Angkor Thom—great city—was in use from the 16th century.  The last temple known to have been constructed in Angkor Thom was Mangalartha, which was dedicated in 1295.………..……CLICK TO READ MORE!

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​​​​​BAYON

The Bayon(Khmer: ប្រាសាទបាយ័ន, Prasat Bayon) is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambdia. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddist King Jayavaraman VII ( Khmer: ព្រះបាទជ័យវរ្ម័នទី ៧), the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman’s capital, Angkor Thom ( Khmer: អង្គរធំ). Following Jayavarman’s death, it was modified and augmented by later Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance with their own religious preferences.

The Bayon’s most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and smiling stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak. The temple is known also for two impressive sets of bas-reliefs, which present an unusual combination of mythological, historical, and mundane scenes. .……CLICK TO READ MORE!

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​​​​​TA PROM (TOMB RAIDER)

Ta Prohm (KHMER ប្រាសាទតាព្រហ្ម, pronunciation: prasat taprohm) is the modern name of the temple at Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara (In Khmer: រាជវិហារ). Located approximately one kilometre east of Angkor Thom and on the southern edge of the East Baray, it was founded by the Khmer King Jayavaraman II as a Mayana Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm is in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the Jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor’s most popular temples with visitors. UNESCO inscribed Ta Prohm on the World Heritage List in 1992………CLICK TO READ MORE!

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​​​​​BAPHUON

The Baphuon (Khmer: ប្រាសាទបាពួន) is a temple at Angkor,Cambodia. It is located in Angkor Thom, northwest of the Bayon. Built in the mid-11th century, it is a three-tiered temple mountount. built as the state temple of Udayadityavaraman II. dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. It is the archetype of the Baphuon style. The temple adjoins the southern enclosure of the royal palace and measures 120 metres east-west by 100 metres north-south at its base and stands 34 meters tall without its tower, which would have made it roughly 50 meters tall. Its appearance apparently impressed Temur Khan’s late 13th century envoy Chou Ta-kuan during his visit from 1296 to 1297, who said it was ‘the Tower of Bronze…a truly astonishing spectacle, with more than ten chambers at its base.’ In the late 15th century, the Baphuon was converted to a Buddhist temple. A 9 meter tall by 70 meter long statue of a reclining Buddha was built on the west side’s second level, which probably required the demolition of the 8 meter tower above..……CLICK TO READ MORE!

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​​​​​ PHIMEANAKAS TEMPLE

Phimeanakas (Khmer: ប្រាសាទភិមានអាកាសPrasat Phimean Akas, ‘celestial temple’) or Vimeanakas (Khmer: ប្រាសាទវិមានអាកាសPrasat Vimean Akas) at Angkor, Cambodia, is a Hindu temple in the Khleang style, built at the end of the 10th century, during the reign of Rajendravarman (from 941-968), then completed by Suryavarman I, in the shape of a three tier pyramid as a Hindu temple. On top of the pyramid there was a tower, while on the edge of top platform there are galleries. Phimeanakas is located inside the walled enclosure of the Royal Palace of Angkor Thom north of Baphuon………CLICK TO READ MORE!

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​​​​​LEPER KING TERRACE

TheTerrace of the Leper King(or Leper King Terrace) (Khmer: ព្រះលានស្តេចគម្លង់Preah Lean Sdach Kumlung) is located in the northwest corner of the Royal Square of Angkor Thom, Cambodia. It was built in the Bayon style under Jayavarman VII, though its modern name derives from a 15th-century sculpture discovered at the site. The statue depicts the Hindu god Yama, the god of death. The statue was called the “Leper King” because discolouration and moss growing on it was reminiscent of a person with leprosy, and also because it fit in with a Cambodian legend of an Angkorian king Yasovarman I who had leprosy. The name that the Cambodians know him by, however, is Dharmaraja,……CLICK TO READ MORE!

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​​​​​ELEPHANT TERRACE

The Terrace of the Elephants (Khmer: ព្រះលានជល់ដំរី) is part of the walled city of Angkor Thom, a ruined temple complex in Cambodia. The terrace was used byAngkor’s king Jayavarman VII as a platform from which to view his victorious returning army. It was attached to the palace of Phimeanakas (Khmer: ប្រាសាទភិមានអាកាស), of which only a few ruins remain. Most of the original structure was made of organic material and has long since disappeared. Most of what remains are the foundation platforms of the complex. The terrace is named for the carvings of elephants on its eastern face.The 350m-long Terrace of Elephants was used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king’s grand audience hall. It has five outworks extending towards the Central Square-three in the centre and one at each end. The middle section of the retaining wall is decorated with life size garuda and lions; towards either end are the two parts of the famous parade of elephants complete with their Khmer mahouts….……CLICK TO READ MORE!

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​​​​​TA KEO

Ta Keo had to be the state temple of Jayavarman V, son of Rajendravarman, who had built Pre Rup. Like Pre Rup, it has five sanctuary towers arranged in a quincunx, built on the uppermost level of five-tier pyramid consisting of overlapping terraces (a step pyramid), surrounded by moats, as a symbolic depiction of Mount Meru. Its particularly massive appearance is due to the absence of external decorations, as carving had just begun when the work stopped, besides an elaborate use of perspective effects. It is considered an example of the so-called Khleang style.

Plan of Ta Keo………CLICK TO READ MORE!

PHNOM KULEN TOUR ATTRACTION HISTORY


Click on the photos to read history!

Kulen WaterfallBanteay Srei
1000 LINGAS

The river of 1,000 lingas owes its name to the images of Hindu gods, their spouses and the over 1,000 lingas carved on the bed and river banks of the Siem Reap river in Phnom Kulen. The lingas are symbol of God Shiva’s essence and were built to purify the water of the river and make it fertile to then irrigate the rice fields. Along with the lingas, we find various carvings in the river bank depicting various scenes and inscriptions. The most recurrent scene is the recreation of the world fallen into chaos. The carvings and lingas date back to the reign of King Udayadityavarman II and the manpower and technics used to create them over a thousand years ago have surprised archaeologists and scholars, as the King had the course of the river altered in order to carve the lingas on the river bed.

RECLINING BUDDHA

One of the most interesting sites at Phnom Kulen is the massive reclining Buddha at Preah Ang Thom, a 16th century Buddhist monastery. It is a sacred site and pilgrims from all over Cambodia come here to worship. The sculpture, posterior to the Angkor period, is the biggest of its kind in the country and is sculpted in the rocks rising eight meters high against the sky. You can reach it climbing a steep path near the northwest end of Phnom Kulen. From the top the view of the mountain range and the deep cambodian jungle are breathtaking.

SPRING WATER 

Natural Freshwater Pool
The pool shown in the image is located near the Kbal Spean River in Phnom Kulen National Park, Cambodia. The water in this pool is a result of some geological activities occurring beneath the pool. It appears as though there is an underground spring under the pool. A small stream of water flows out of the pool into the Kbal Spean River. The water in the pool is not very hot but appears to contain a lot of minerals.

SRAH DAMREI

The giant elephant on Kulen mountain In my previous article, I have posted about the Kulen Mountain where you can also the elephant pond which I will tell you more here. From my observation, there are big rocks with different shapes so there are no surprised that animals or any statue can be carved from using only one piece of stone or rock. Let’s get to know the elephant! Srah Damrei or Elephant Pond might be named after the Big elephant stood faced West direction to the Pond in front of him.  Mr. J. Boulbet, the French researcher suggested that the pond was built in Kulen era (King Jayavaraman II) early of 9th Century. There are other animals built next to the elephant such as tiger, lions and bull. All carvings were made from only one piece of stone in those areas. There are some inscriptions left on the both sides of the elephant belly stated Indra tapdey Sihak” – meaning the Indra, King or someone’s name who built it with the letter style from pre-Angkorian time perhaps in 8th century. 
BATS CAVE

Bat Cave Our first stop was at a well-camouflaged cave, inside of which are several shrines. The cave is home to thousands of bats as well as several Buddhist monks who sleep in tents deep inside. The moss-covered entrance gives way to narrow passageways which open into several larger chambers. You can walk pretty far into the cave, which requires you to duck under the low ceiling in some places.

PREAH KRAL PAGODA

Preah kral pagoda is hidden place less people know it, it is the nice view of nature landscapes and mountain rocks. This temple is a lot monks are staying and use for meditation, surrounding the temple there are many various statues and king Jayavaraman VII with his first wife and second wife.

Cambodia Banteay Srei Landmine Museum

The Cambodian Landmine Museum and ReliefFacility is a museum located in Cambodia, south of the Banteay Srey Temple complex, 25 kilometers north of Siem Reap, and inside the Angkor National Park. Tourists began hearing stories about a young Khmer man, Aki Ra, who cleared landmines with a stick and had a house full of defused ordnance. Ra began charging a dollar to see his collection, using the money to help further his activities. Thus began the Cambodia Landmine Museum. In 2007 the Cambodian government ordered Aki Ra’s museum closed. He was allowed to move it to a new location 40 kilometers from Siem Reap, near Banteay Srey Temple, inside the Angkor National Park. A Canadian NGO, the Cambodia Landmine Museum Relief Fund, founded by documentary film producer Richard Fitoussi, raised the money to buy the land and build the Museum. Most of the funding was provided by Tom Shadyac, a movie director from California. The new museum opened in May 2007 and currently houses a 4 gallery museum as well as being the home to 27 children. The Cambodia Landmine Museum exists for 3 reasons

SHOOTING RANGE (ON THE WAY TO BANTEAY SREY TEMPLE)

Siem Reap Angkor Wat is the most popular tourist destination around the country and beside the great temples there are some other natural tourist sites like mountains, river, waterfall and human creative, and all the things which offered to human in order to provide to people a great pleasure when those of traveler has been adventured the place. So, human has been developing a lot things and the among of product is Shooting Range/Shooting Bazooka thus gun fire is one of the Cambodia attractive  tourist spot.

Temples and Firing Tours: Of course we can greet any gun fire customers at anywhere around Siem Reap town for your sightseeing around Siem reap. Morning, Our professional military police and also a driver will go to greet you at your hotel or anywhere else that we have set the meeting point, and escort you guys to visit some of Angkor Wat great temples, and then Shooting Range club, by sun set or before sun set we will take you guy back to your place.

Banteay Srei Palm Market

Pai Ri stirs boiling sap hunched over a large metallic pan that sits on a fire. Her little shop, near Siem Reap’s famous Banteay Srei temple, is brimming with customers, both local and foreign, taking a casual look at the many jars and bottles on the shelves and the other souvenirs for sale, which include traditional garments like kromas.

A palm tree farmer and a producer of palm sugar, a beloved local sugar product, Mr Ri has been in the business for over a decade, having established her base of operations in a so-called palm sugar village located half way between Siem Reap city and the ancient, pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei. She confides that business is good, with tourists often interested in learning about the artisanal process involved in concocting the sweet Cambodia treat.

Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre

(BBC) is an interactive butterfly exhibit located 25 km north of Siem Reap, on the road to the Landmine Museum and Bantey Srey temple.

The exhibit consists of a netted tropical garden with thousands of free-flying butterflies, all of which are native species to Cambodia. The enclosure is South East Asia’s largest butterfly exhibit and provides residents and tourists with an interactive and visual environment to learn about butterflies and support local communities.

What is Butterfly Farming?

Butterfly farming is the breeding of pupae for sale to local butterfly exhibits or for export to zoos and live exhibitions overseas. Butterfly farms are situated in close proximity to areas of natural forest and provide an alternative, sustainable income to rural communities.

Butterfly farms have been established in many tropical countries worldwide – including the Philippines, Costa Rica, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

PRICE FOR

2 DAYS-TOUR WITH PHNOM KULEN WATERFALL

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Private A/C car and minivan

LUXUSSTAREXSANYONG
Car Suv 5 SeatsVan 12 SeatsVan 15 Seats
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Per Car : 1-4 persons

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Per Van 1-8 persons

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Per Van 1-12 persons

INCLUSION


  • Driver food and accommodation
  • Gasoline
  • Parking fees/ tolls 
  • Cool waters and towels

EXCLUSION


  • All entrance fees pay by your own account
  • Your meals and hotel pay by your own account
  • English speaking tour guide (if you need professional English tour guide please inform to us we will arrange with driver for you)