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Phnom Kulen

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The low-lying sandstone plateau of Phnom Kulen is 40 kilometres away from Siem Reap and the main Angkor Archaeological Park, taking around two hours by car or van. If offers both popular and less-popular ruins, some waterfalls and some terrific viewpoints.

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Sprinkled with many hard to reach crumbling ruins, the intrepid traveller can reach the less visited sites by moto. However, the key attractions are all easily accessible by road, which winds its way up to the top with some impressive viewpoints on the way up worth pausing for.

Count your lingas. Photo taken in or around Phnom Kulen, Angkor, Cambodia by Caroline Major.

Count your lingas. Photo: Caroline Major

The main draws are the cooling cascades of the waterfall, the reclining Buddha—the largest in Cambodia—at Wat Preah Ang Thom pagoda and the 1,000 linga river carvings. Phnom Kulen attracts locals and tourists alike since this sacred mountain is the birthplace of the Khmer Empire and an important religious site. Crowds can be particularly busy on public holidays ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)


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