Phnom Kulen National Park

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Phnom Kulen National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Siem Reap: Small-Group Phnom Kulen Waterfall Day Tour

1. From Siem Reap: Small-Group Phnom Kulen Waterfall Day Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Siem Reap in the morning, and journey towards Kulen Mountain. Get amazing views of the surroundings on the 2-hour drive, including the River of a Thousand Lingas and the statue of the Grand Reclining Buddha. Learn more about the historical and cultural significance of each landmark from your expert guide. Arrive at the vast plateau of Phnom Kulen, overlooking the plain of Angkor, and discover the 28 ancient temples and rivers that crisscross the beautiful landscape. Get your first sight of the Phnom Kulen waterfall as it tumbles down the rocks. Plunge into the pools and cool off from the midday sun before the return trip to Siem Reap. 

Phnom Kulen National Park Admission Ticket

2. Phnom Kulen National Park Admission Ticket

Take a trouble-free trip to Phnom Kulen by booking your national park admission ticket online in advance. Save time by skipping the visit to the ticket office and have your ticket, which will be your pass for visiting Cambodia’s most sacred mountain, delivered directly to your hotel. With this ticket, visit Cambodia's biggest Reclining Buddha, carved on sandstone and located on top of the hill which can be reached through a flight of steps. Next, set off to the sacred river of 1000 Lingas. There, the riverbed is interestingly carved with numerous lingas, a phallic symbol of the Hindu god, Shiva. You will also see some rock carvings along the river depicting Hindu deities. Then, continue through another sacred site, the Phnom Kulen Waterfalls. Calm your senses by watching the waterfall tumbling down the rocks. You will have time to wade in its basin and opt to cool-off from the midday sun by swimming on its pool.

Full-Day Kulen Waterfall and 1000 Lingas Tour

3. Full-Day Kulen Waterfall and 1000 Lingas Tour

Phnom Kulen is considered a holy mountain in Cambodia and is of special religious significance to Hindus and Buddhists. Visit this sacred site and  discover it's beauty. The tour starts with a drive to the foot of the Kulen mountain, the birthplace of the great Khmer Empire in AD 802. Enjoy the breathtaking drive up the mountain, exploring the abundant greenery and the Kulen Waterfall. Take a dip if you wish, or sit back and watch the local families in their sacred homeland. Make your way up the mountain by foot to the River of a Thousand Lingas, a gorgeous river with sophisticated Shiva Linga carvings covering its floor. Get a blessing in the Cambodian way, with the holy water from this sacred river. Continue up to the tip of the mountain to discover the beautiful Pagoda and its world-famous Reclining Buddha at rest. Enjoy your own packed lunch for the day or purchase a traditional lunch at the basic food stalls located near the park. 

Siem Reap: Private Phnom Kulen & Angkor Wat 2-Day Tour

4. Siem Reap: Private Phnom Kulen & Angkor Wat 2-Day Tour

Spend 2 days exploring the beauty of Cambodia on this temple-focused excursion. In your own private group, discuss your interests with the guide, who’ll tailor your experience to fit your preferences.   Day 1: You’ll be picked up from your accommodation at 7:30 AM and head to Phnom Kulen National Park, where the 500-year-long age of Angkor began. Then, visit Kampong Phluk, the floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. If you like, you can explore the village by boat on the largest lake in South East Asia. Enjoy the beautiful sunset from this perfect location.   Day 2:   Start early at 5:00 AM to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat, a temple complex constructed in the early 12th century. Explore this incredible monument at your own leisure with an experienced guide. Don’t miss the Banteay Srey, the most intricately carved temple in all of Angkor. If there’s interest, the group can visit the Landmind Museum before heading to the jungle temple, Ta Prohm, where the movie “Tomb Raider” was shot. Stop for a lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the ancient city of Angkor Tom, where you’ll see many more temples and monuments, including the Terrace of the Elephants, North and South Khleang, and much more.   Finally, you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation in Siem Reap.

Kulen Mountain: Full-Day Private Waterfall Tour

5. Kulen Mountain: Full-Day Private Waterfall Tour

Depart in the morning from your hotel with private transportation to Phnom Kulen National Park. Drive through wide open rice fields and scattered villages with traditional houses, before winding up the rocky road to the top of the mountain. Phnom Kulen is widely regarded as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire. During the construction of the ancient temples, sandstones were brought from this sacred mountain to Angkor. Kulen is considered by Khmers to be the most sacred mountain in Cambodia. Visit the River of 1000 Lingas, divided into three ports for the Hindu trinity gods, and with a riverbed filled with thousands of unique, ancient carvings. Ascend to the summit of the hill to marvel at the Buddhist Pagoda and the large Reclining Buddha statue. Continue to the waterfalls of Kulen, pausing at two beautiful spots for a swim and perhaps a spot of lunch. At around 2:00 PM the tour comes to an end and the guide will transfer you back to your hotel. Alternatively, you have the option to stop at Banteay Srei temple, known as the Women's Citadel and built of majestic red sandstone. A valid Angkor day pass is required for entry, costing around $37 per person.  

Siem Reap: Kulen Elephant Forest & Phnom Kulen National Park

6. Siem Reap: Kulen Elephant Forest & Phnom Kulen National Park

Journey into Phnom Kulen National Park and Kulen Elephant Forest on a guided day trip from Siem Reap. Listen to an introductory briefing and meet elephants in their natural habitat, then explore the park on a guided hike to find breathtaking waterfalls. Enjoy picturesque jungle scenery on the drive from your accommodations to the park. Arrive at Kulen Elephant Forest and learn about these majestic creatures during a short introductory briefing. Get up close to the elephants, observing them in their natural habitat and walking with them into the forest. Make the short journey over to Phnom Kulen National Park and go on a two-kilometer guided observation trek. Discover the dense jungle and roaring waterfalls this gem of biodiversity is famous for. Return from your memorable trek and be reunited with the elephants. Watch the animals play in their water pool and say goodbye as you head back to Siem Reap.

Krong Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain Private Jeep Tour with Lunch

7. Krong Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain Private Jeep Tour with Lunch

Enjoy an adventurous day trip to Kulen mountain on this jeep tour from Siem Reap. See how locals live at the Palm Sugar village and view a huge stone Buddha at Preah Ang Thom. Cool-off with a swim in Kulen waterfall. Be picked up from your accommodation in Siem Reap. Sit back and relax on the way to Kulen mountain, one of Cambodia’s most sacred mountains, with deeply revered ancient sites and ruins on its high plateau. Take in the scenic countryside as you pass by rice paddies, local markets, schools, villages, and Buddhist temples. Stop at Palm Sugar village, where they make palm sugar out of palm juice. Continue to the National Park, where you can get out to stretch your legs and snap pictures of the view. Explore the vast plateau of Phnom Kulen. Walk through jungle trails through and vine-covered trees until you reach Kbal Spean. Admire an array of unique carvings in the riverbed.  Visit a huge stone Buddha carved into the top of a rock set in a bustling temple complex in Preah Ang Thom. Have a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Take a refreshing swim at Kulen Waterfall before returning to your accommodation in Siem Reap.

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat 5-Day Sightseeing Tour

8. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat 5-Day Sightseeing Tour

Day One: Phnom Kulen National Park Start your tour at 7:30 AM and travel to the Phnom Kulen National Park. This is where the 500-year long Age of Angkor began. Phnom Kulen is the mountain on which King Jayavarman II initiated the royal 'God the King' Linga cult in 802 AD. Day Two: Beng Mealea - Kampong Phluk Floating Village - Phnom Bakheng Begin your day at 8:00 AM and travel to a sprawling jungle temple, Beng Mealea, which covers an entire square kilometer. Have lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense). On the way, stop at the Kampong Phluk floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. At 4:30 PM, purchase a 3-day temple pass for the next three days. Then, head to Phnom Bakheng to see a fantastic sunset. Day Three: Angkor Thom - Ta Prohm Starting at 8:30 AM, you'll head to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Then, visit some of the smaller temples, including Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanon, and Ta Keo. Once again, stop for lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense). Afterward, head to the jungle temple, Ta Prohm where the movie Tomb Raider was shot. Day Four: Preah Khan - Angkor Wat  Starting at 8:30 AM, visit Preah Khan, a huge monastic complex. You'll then visit some other temples, Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup, and Banteay Kdei followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Head to Angkor Wat and explore this incredible monument at your own pace. Day Five: Angkor Wat - Banteay Samre - Banteay Srei - Roluos Group Have an early start at 5:00 AM to view the fantastic sunrise at Angkor Wat, followed by a visit to one temple, Banteay Samre. Then, head to Banteay Srei and see a traditional Khmer village and palm sugar production. Head to Roluos Group, where monuments representing the remains of Hariharalaya are located. This was also the first major capital of the Angkorian-era of the Khmer Empire.

Siem Reap: Private 4-Day Angkor Wat and Phnom Kulen Tour

9. Siem Reap: Private 4-Day Angkor Wat and Phnom Kulen Tour

Day One Get picked up by your driver and tour guide in the morning and head to the Phnom Kulen National Park. Here, you can visit stunning natural waterfalls and explore the River of 1000 Lingas. In the afternoon, stop at Kampong Phluk, a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest lake in South East Asia. At the end of the day, get dropped off back at your hotel in Siem Reap. Day Two Start your day at 08:30 am with a visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Take some time to explore South Gate Angkor Tom, Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, North Khleang, and South Khleang. Then visit some smaller temples off the beaten track such as Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanon, and Ta Keo. Enjoy lunch in a delicious local restaurant before heading to the jungle temple of Ta Prohm, where the Tomb Raider movie was shot. Afterward, get dropped off back at your hotel in Siem Reap.   Day Three Leave your hotel at 08:30 am and head to Preah Khan. Take some time to explore this vast monastic complex. Next, visit the temple of Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup, and Banteay Kdei. Stop for lunch before heading to Angkor Wat. Enjoy some free time to explore this incredible monument at your own leisure, before heading back to your hotel in Siem Reap. Day Four Rise early today and watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat for the experience of a lifetime. Next, head to Banteay Samre and Banteay Srei, two of the most intricately carved temples in all of Angkor. Arrive before the masses of crowds and enjoy a visit to a traditional Khmer village and palm sugar plantation. You may choose to visit the Landmine Museum located nearby for a cost of $5 per person. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Roluos Temple Group. Here, marvel at a selection of monuments and temples representing the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Khmer Empire. Get dropped off back at your accommodation at the end of the day. Alternatively, if you are not interested in visiting the mountain, then choose the tour option 'Tour without National Park'. The itinerary of this option is similar to the other option, however, the only difference is you will not visit National Park Phnom Kulen.

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Temples & Phnom Kulen Park 3-Day Tour

10. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat Temples & Phnom Kulen Park 3-Day Tour

Day One  Suggested pickup time for this day is 7:30 AM. Your driver and tour guide will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to purchase your 3-day temple pass before heading to Banteay Srey early enough to beat the crowds. Banteay Srey is the most intricately carved temple in all of Angkor Wat. On the way there, enjoy views of traditional Khmer villages and palm sugar plantations. Later, you'll have the option to visit the Landmine Museum, or continue on to Phnom Kulen National Park. This National Park is where the 500-year long age of Angkor began. Phnom Kulen is the mountain on which King Jayavarman II initiated the royal “God of the King” Linga cult in 802 AD. Finish the day with a visit to Kampong Phluk, a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. Day Two  Suggested pickup time for this day is 8:00 AM. After pickup from your hotel, head to the ancient city of Angkor Thom which includes the South Gate of Angkor Tom, Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, North Khleang and South Khleang. Then visit some smaller temples in the small circuit like Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanonf and Ta Keo. Next, visit the jungle temple Ta Prohm where scenes from the movie Tomb Raider were filmed. After a lunch break, visit the Buddhist temple of Banteay Kdei. Explore this incredible monument at your own leisure and then head to Phnom Bakheng in time to catch the beautiful sunset. Day Three Suggested pickup time for this day is 5:00 AM in order to catch sunrise at Angkor Wat. After the Chinese crowd leaves, you'll have some time to explore this incredible monument at your own leisure. Your experienced guide is committed to ensuring you get the very best out of your Angkor Wat experience and will share lots of interesting details with you. Then you can visit some of the other temples like Pre Rup and Banteay Samre. After lunch, there are few more temples to visit including East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean and Preah Khan. On the trip back to your hotel, you'll pass through some picturesque local villages and you may want to stop to take some photos.

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What people are saying about Phnom Kulen National Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 61 reviews

We were picked up from our hotel by jeep and drove out of town. Then we could decide whether we wanted to continue on the road or off-road. We decided to go off-road and rode cool trails! Then in the national park we looked at a mountain village with Buddha, had lunch (delicious) and bathed in front of the waterfall. Som, our guide, was very knowledgeable and spoke good English. Man comes back totally dusty, but it was an experience.

Great waterfall tour with informative guide. I was the only one on the tour, which was not a problem. Guide Chan was able to answer all my questions on a range of topics. Tour covered a variety of parts to visit, which keeps it interesting. Experienced driver was able to navigate road up to the mountain with ease. I found it to be a peaceful activity which can be enjoyed by those of all ages.

Our Tourguide Chenda was really good and we enjoyed the whole trip. He gave us a lot of information and also made pictures of us with our cameras. Really helpful. I can absolutely recommend this trip.

There were only 3 of us on the tour so it was really nice. The guide showed us everything in our own time and made it very interesting.

Waterfalls are beautiful our guide Jose was very good also once again full of I information and took us to good places to get photo.