Hit the road to Siem Reap’s outskirts where stunning scenery and intriguing history stand side-by-side. Trace the origin of the Khmer Empire with a visit to Phnom Kulen. Walk along the shores of a riverbed filled with intricate carvings. Scramble over tree roots at the jungle-clad Beng Mealea temple.
Beng Mealea & Phnom Kulen - Full Day
Today’s tour will begin at 08:00. Depart for Beng Mealea from Siem Reap; an adventure like no other. Travel through the rice paddies and past villages to Phnom Kulen, an impressive sandstone plateau in this otherwise flat area.
The mountain is considered the birthplace of the Khmer empire and is thus a popular pilgrimage site for locals. Travel to the top and learn about the origins of the empire while venturing from temple to temple, many of which are hidden by nature. Continue to the unusual River of 1000 Lingas, a riverbed carved with Hindu gods and other religious symbols. Be amazed at this set of underwater carvings which are around 1000 years old.
Return to the base of the mountain and head deeper into the countryside to Beng Mealea. This pagoda laid abandoned for centuries and is swallowed by tree roots and other foliage. Trek through the jungle and discover this harmonious blend of nature and architecture. Climb over massive vines and through moss-covered arches to explore the temple’s carvings and inner chambers.
After concluding the Beng Mealea tour, head back towards Siem Reap. (L)
Lunch is included.
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