Siem Reap, Phnom Kulen and Banteay Srei
Siem Reap, Cambodia
A 1.5 hour drive north of Siem Reap will bring you to Phnom Kulen mountain range, which provides Siem Reap with water and dominates the skyline of the flat plains surrounding it.
Although the highest peak of the mountain range lies at only 487m, Phnom Kulen has much to offer visitors. The Cambodian people regard the site as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire.
Visit the River of One Thousand Lingas and the magnificent waterfall close to it. Take a refreshing dip in the stream and pool of the waterfall before returning to Siem Reap. On the way back, enjoy lunch in the garden of a local restaurant near Kbal Spean. Afterwards, visit the jewel of the Khmer art, Banteay Srei temple. Its red sand-stone walls are decorated with elaborate carvings in an amazing state of preservation. If available, make a final stop at the small but intriguing Landmine Museum of Mr. Aki Ra. Since Cambodia’s freedom from war, Mr. Aki Ra has dedicated himself to help the Cambodian people by clearing the mines which have been left behind. Any form of donation is appreciated in order to help him continue his work. (It is advised to wear sturdy shoes when visiting Phnom Kulen).