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Hiking up Phnom Kulen

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    Sarah Rhodes

    If you like hiking and are feeling energetic then the walk from the bottom of Kulen Mountain to the top is really pleasant. Note that an entrance ticket to Phnom Kulen is required. The ticket costs 20usd if bought at the entrance gate to the mountain. Alternatively you can try to get it cheaper at City Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap town.)

    Here’s how to hike up Kulen Mountain:

    There is a large road to the right of the main street leading to the entrance gate of Phnom Kulen National Park, turn here and follow it along about 1km give or take until you see the entrance gate to Wat Prohm Bram Bey, turn in here and then you will see a set of stairs at the front.

    At Wat Prohm Bram Bey, there are a few different avenues you can choose, they all join back up together.

    The next break in the path is at Wat Preah Cup, here there is a pagoda, a spring and swimming pool and a spirit temple, if you pass the pagoda and follow the stairs on its right side.

    When you’re finished exploring Wat Preah Cup follow the other stairs that would have been to the left when you first got to the pagoda. These stairs will take you all the way through to a dirt path through the jungle, then you keep following the jungle path for about another hour – sometimes the path splits, but it’s usually easy to tell which way to go, or the two paths re-meet around a tree or the like. Eventually you will emerge in a small village, you keep walking through the village and will emerge at the bridge near Kbal Spean. Expect to be asked for your entrance ticket at this point.

    From here it’s an easy walk to Wat Preah Ang Thom, Kbal Spean or the Phnom Kulen waterfalls.

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