PHNOM KULEN56 KM from Siem Reap
Visiting Phnom Kulen National Park, under the locals known as ‘Kulen Mountain’ or ‘Mount Kulen’, is more of a challenge than other special attractions in and around Siem Reap. It needs some preparation and planning to get there, but if you do it right, you will be rewarded with a view at some of the most beautiful waterfalls and impressions.
What to do and see at Phnom Kulen?
Kulen Mountain gives you a beautiful view of the complete National Park. You can swim at the bottom of the impressive waterfall and visit some surrounding temples.
Mount Kulen is in the center of the Phnom Kulen National Park. It’s one of the most important places in Cambodia, because it was here where king Jayavarman II declared himself King of Kings. An act which is considered the foundation of the Khmer Empire.
Mount Kulen is a very popular place among the locals. Together with friends or families many Cambodians like to spend time in or around the waterfalls, enjoy a meal and drink a beer.
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How to get there?
The easiest way to get there is to book a tour. All tours have transportation included. If that’s not an option, you can hire a tuktuk, but it may cost you up to $35. Did you meet any locals, then they may want to take you there by motorbike.
How much will it cost?
A ticket at the entrance of the National Park you will cost you $20,-. Locals don’t have to pay. If you want to avoid waiting in line, you can spend $3 more and purchase your ticket online. (Recommended during the high season)
What you should not do!
If there is any place where you should really consider the way you are dressed, it’s Mount Kulen. There are more locals than tourists here, and especially ladies wearing bikini’s or sexy outfits will definitely stand out and frowned upon.
What you should do!
Take a dive under the waterfall and don’t forget to bring your camera. When you go back down there are some nice spots to take beautiful photo’s. Don’t miss them….
What you need to know
The way up to the mountain is a one way road and you can only use it to go up until 11 AM. Don’t be late!