Known as Mahendraparvata at the time of the Khmer Empire, Phnom Kulen hit the headlines in 2013 as a ‘lost city’ revealed through the use of aerial LIDAR data. This was 21st century archaeology at its very best and several new sites were discovered as well as a much bigger urban settlement than was previously realised. Explore some of these newly accessible adventures in rural Cambodia.
On this experience you will set off by road from Siem Reap to Phnom Kulen, the sacred mountain that was the birthplace of the Khmer empire. It was here that Jayavarman II proclaimed independence from Java in 802AD, setting the stage for the glories of the Angkor-era that was to follow. This mountain plateau was known as Mahendraparvata and was an early capital of the Khmer empire.
02 bottles of mineral water per person while sightseeing and transfers
Included admission fee to visit the temples in Angkor Archaeological Park single-day ticket $37.00
Meals as specified in itinerary (1 lunch)
Private transportation by modern air-conditioned vehicle
Professional Licensed English Speaking guide
Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary including entrance fees
VAT and all taxes and service charge
What's Not Included
Drinks during meals
Meals that are not specified
Personal, travel and health insurance
ADULT: Age: 16 - 88
COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
Our guides and drivers are subject to temperature checks at the start of each day and shall wear a mask or face shield, and gloves when required. Travelers are encouraged to complete a temperature check before boarding any vehicle at the start of the day.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Suitable for all physical fitness levels
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks provided for travellers
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Not recommended for pregnant travelers
Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Regular temperature checks for staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
What To Expect
Phnom Kulen National Park
This morning you will travel to Phnom Kulen, the sacred mountain that was the birthplace of the Khmer empire. It was here that Jayavarman II proclaimed independence from Java in 802, setting the stage for the glories of the Angkor-era that was to follow. This mountain plateau was the capital of the Khmer empire before it relocated south to Hariharalaya, known today as Roluos. Wat Pre Ang Thom is a focus of pilgrimage for Khmers during religious festivals and the large Reclining Buddha carved into a huge sandstone boulder here offers spectacular views across the lush jungle. Nearby are impressive riverbed rock carvings, including innumerable Lingas and representations of Shiva and Vishnu. There is a classic waterfall further downstream which is the perfect place to cool off after exploring and nearby is a small, jungle-clad temple called Prasat Krau Romeas. You will be served a picnic lunch before descend the plateau back to Siem Reap.
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