Kulen Mountain, Being Mealea & Tonle Sap Tour

EXPERIENCE: Cultural Immersion, Lifestyle on Tonle Sap Lake, Temples of Angkor

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Duration

10 hours

GROUP SIZE

Max 10

FREE CANCEL

Up to 24 hours

Price from
US$ 69
US$55
per person

OVERVIEW

Embark on a tour of Kulen Mountain, Beng Mealea, and Tonle Sap Lake, with transfer from Siem Reap. See waterfalls, the Reclining Buddha, 1000 Lingas River, and enjoy an in-depth exploration of atmospheric at Beng Mealea and then go on a boat ride to the floating village of Kampong Phluk.

discussion

Language

English

STARTS TIME

8:00 AM

DEPARTURE

Everyday

HOTEL PICK-UP

Included

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Experience the Siem Reap's Countryside
Immerse yourself in Khmer traditional with Cambodian lifestyle and learn how the local people make the traditional palm cake from the ripe palm fruit, and try its incredible taste.
Get Lost in the Titanic of Temples
Venture to the lost temple and photogenic of Beng Mealea, the titanic of temples, a slumbering giant lost for centuries in the forests of Cambodia.
Scenic Boad ride to Explore Kampong Phluk
Cruise down a narrow waterway to enter the medieval floating village of Kampong Phluk where the houses stand atop stilts and explore their local lifestyle.
The Best Tour Guide!
Learn about the historical facts of Khmer Empire from our decades-long and highly rated tour guide in Siem Reap.
The Birth Place of Khmer Empire
Immerse yourself in the history of the Khmer Empire at the sacred mountain of Phnom Kulen including one of the oldest Reclining Buddha Statues and The River of 1000 Shiva Lingas.

Itinerary

You will be picked you up from your hotel at between 7:50 AM to 8:10 AM and take you to purchase a ticket of Kulen Mountain. We will then head to Phnom Kulen National Park for approximately 1 hour. This journey takes you through rural Cambodian villages, where you may observe locals going about their everyday lives and admire beautiful landscapes such as rice paddies and traditional dwellings. Stop off at the Palm Sugar Village and witness how Cambodian people make their own sugar to supply their families and villages. Afterward, we continue to the hilltop of Phnom Kulen, and our knowledgeable local guide will take you to the most spectacular tourist attractions in the national park, including the largest and most beautiful waterfalls, the reclining Buddha sculpture, and the River of Thousand Linga, which was constructed in 802 AD.

In the afternoon, we will have lunch at the local restaurant before heading to Beng Melea, the mysterious 12th-century temple in the middle of the jungle. This temple is heavily overgrown with vegetation, trees, lianas, and mosses. This temple is surrounded by a rainforest due to it being abundant for over 300 years. When it is not fully restored, many local and international tourists fall in love with the area.

Continue to take a local boat from the ferry to explore the famous floating village of Kampong Phluk. There, you can see firsthand what everyday life is like for the many families who make their living primarily from fishing. Most families live on the lake shore in brightly colored houses on long poles, so the high water levels are not a problem during the rainy season. Explore the flooded mangrove forest surrounding the area, which is home to a variety of species, including crab-eating macaques and 3,000 inhabitants. We will then take you to visit a Buddhist monastery built on an artificial island. Drop you off at your hotel.

You will be picked you up from your hotel at between 7:50 AM to 8:10 AM and take you to purchase a ticket of Kulen Mountain. We will then head to Phnom Kulen National Park for approximately 1 hour. This journey takes you through rural Cambodian villages, where you may observe locals going about their everyday lives and admire beautiful landscapes such as rice paddies and traditional dwellings. Stop off at the Palm Sugar Village and witness how Cambodian people make their own sugar to supply their families and villages. Afterward, we continue to the hilltop of Phnom Kulen, and our knowledgeable local guide will take you to the most spectacular tourist attractions in the national park, including the largest and most beautiful waterfalls, the reclining Buddha sculpture, and the River of Thousand Linga, which was constructed in 802 AD.

In the afternoon, we will have lunch at the local restaurant before heading to Beng Melea, the mysterious 12th-century temple in the middle of the jungle. This temple is heavily overgrown with vegetation, trees, lianas, and mosses. This temple is surrounded by a rainforest due to it being abundant for over 300 years. When it is not fully restored, many local and international tourists fall in love with the area.

Continue to take a local boat from the ferry to explore the famous floating village of Kampong Phluk. There, you can see firsthand what everyday life is like for the many families who make their living primarily from fishing. Most families live on the lake shore in brightly colored houses on long poles, so the high water levels are not a problem during the rainy season. Explore the flooded mangrove forest surrounding the area, which is home to a variety of species, including crab-eating macaques and 3,000 inhabitants. We will then take you to visit a Buddhist monastery built on an artificial island. Drop you off at your hotel.

  • Professional English speaking tour guide
  • Transportation with an experienced (Van/Minibus)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Cool bottle of water and towels
  • Kulen Mountain Pass: US$20 per person
  • Beng Mealea Pass: US$37 per person (Valid Angkor pass is able to use for its visit)
  • Tonle Sap lake pass with a boat ride: US$15 per person

What to bring

  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • The end of March to the end of July is a crucial time in all the floating villages in Siem Reap, as the water levels start to recede and present a unique opportunity for tourists to experience a new perspective. Although the picturesque landscape of the floating community may lose some of its charm during this time, visitors have a chance to immerse themselves in the daily life of the villagers living in the dried season. While some boats may become stuck, and smaller canoes are unable to traverse the jungle forest, these challenges add to the thrill of the experience. The dry season in floating village of Kompong Phluk may not be the ideal time to visit for those seeking postcard-perfect photos, but it offers a chance to witness a facet of the village’s daily life that is not typically seen. As they say, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. We recommend visitors to embrace this rare chance to witness a different facet of this incredible destination and truly get a different taste of life in the village.
  • All admission fees are not included. If you have a valid Angkor pass, You can use it for visiting the Beng Mealea temple. Otherwise, you have to pay to buy another ticket.

a) 24 hour and more days before departure – free of charge

b) Less than 24 hours before departure – 100%

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