Phnom Kulen is one of the hidden gems of Siem Reap. Many tours will not take you here as it is located 50km out of Angkor. However, it is worth it. Travel Siem Reap right! The Phnom Kulen mountain range is located northwards from Angkor Wat. Its name means "mountain of the lychees". There is a sacred hilltop site on top of the range. Phnom Kulen is considered a holy mountain in Cambodia, of special religious significance to Hindus and Buddhists who come to the mountain in pilgrimage. It also has a major symbolic importance for Cambodians as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire, for it was at Phnom Kulen that King Jayavarma II proclaimed independence from Java in 804 AD. Jayavarman II initiated the cult of the king, a linga cult, in what is dated as 804 AD and declaring his independence from Java.
$90 U.S. for 2 people, extra person $20 U.S. extra charge.
Length of visit: 2 days, one night at the homestay
Bring climbing shoes as well as water shoes for the waterfall.