Kbal Spean, Siem Reap

3.9
#2 of 21 in Parks in Siem Reap
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Waterfall
Carved into a terraced sandstone riverbed deep in the jungle, Kbal Spean features elaborate scenes from the Sanskrit epic Ramayana. Follow a 2 km (1.2 mi) uphill walk to the site, pausing to see a balancing rock and waterfalls en route. Once there, admire the exquisite carving of Vishnu cut into the bank, as well as intricate floral motives washed by the clear water cutting through the rock. Search for the pink sandstone's countless lingas, rendered in the 10th and 11th centuries to bless the waters, and look for board game-like carvings on the very bed. Wash your hands here for good luck. Hire a guide to explain the Hindu tradition to you, and bring plenty of water. Add Kbal Spean to your Siem Reap travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Siem Reap road trip planner.
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  • As one of only two sites in the world with this amount of carving on the river bed this place is not to be missed. There are over a thousand carved lingams on the river bed and Hindu mythological...  more »
  • A little out of Siam Reap but reachable in an hour. Lovely site with Hindu religious carvings on the sandstone river bed. Well worth the hike through the forest. When we visited it was very dry, no...  more »

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