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Banteay Srei Temple and Kbal Spean Mountain Waterfall Day Trip Excursion
1 Day (Tour Code: CAN02)

Tour Name: Banteay Srei Temple and Kbal Spean Mountain Waterfall Day Trip Excursion
1Day (Tour Code: CAN02)
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The linga-cult was a sect of Hinduism centered on the god Shiva, who was worshipped in the form of a linga (i.e. a phallic symbol). Most of the Hindu temples at Angkor housed stone lingas, which were cared for and worshiped. Water that passed over lingas became sacred, even magical. There is an interesting application of this belief at the ‘rivers of 1000 lingas’ at Phnom Kulen and Kbal Spean where lingas were carved into the riverbed in order to ‘fertilize’ the waters that fed the rice paddies below. In your visit to the temples you will see countless linga stands (carved, square, table-like blocks of stone) but very few lingas as most have been lost to time, stolen, or moved to the Angkor conservatory in Siem Reap and the National Museum in Phnom Penh.

A river of 1000 lingams is at Kbal Spean Mountain. There are several thousands of Lingams carved on the river bed. Entrance to the area closes at 3:00 pm. Combined with a visit to Banteay Srey and allow to visit Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, and Bayon. Take the road straight passed Banteay Srey about 12km to get there. Enjoy one hour hiking up to top on foot path sandy and rock throughout the jungle. Some huge Spong Trees intertwine the rock. Enjoy with sound from the birds and wild life animals. SPEAN MOUNTAIN

The carving of vestiges began with the reign of King Suryavarman I and ended with the reign of King Udayadityavarman II; these two kings ruled between the 11th and 12th centuries. The 1,000 lingas, but not other sculptures, are attributed to a minister of Suryavarman I during the 11th century, and these were carved by hermits who lived in the area. Inscriptions at the site testify to the fact that most of the sculpting was done during the reign of Udayadityavarman II. It is also mentioned that King Udayadityavarman II consecrated a golden ling here in 1059 AD. It is believed that the Siem Reap River flowing into Angkor is blessed by the sacred lingas over which it flows.
The archaeological site was discovered in 1969 by Jean Boulbet, an ethnologist, but further exploration was cut off due to the Cambodian Civil War. The site regained prominence for safe visits from 1989.

Several huge barays (water reservoirs) were constructed during the Angkorian era. Take a look at the temple map to get a feel for their enormity. For example, the Western Baray measures 8km x 2.3km. The barays seemed to have served not only an agricultural function but political and religious roles as well. The Barays irrigated the rice fields were symbols of the king’s power, and represented the sacred waters that surrounded Mr. Meru of Hindu mythology. Some writers have gone so far as to argue that the barays were wholly political/religious structures not used for any agricultural function, but this is a controversial theory.
Starting point can be from picking you up from your hotel or from picking you up at airport arriving via an early morning flight. 
At 07h30am begins to drive straight Northward through Angkor Archaeological Park passing few temples, and Banteay Srei Temple. Continue driving to Kbal Spean. Upon arrivel, our expert guide will take you hiking up through jungle a long a path sandy and climb up rock, trees intertwine some huge natural rock of about one hour, you get to the river which known as the River of Thousands Lingams. Get to see several thousand lingams carved on the river bed. The water that flow passes over the lingams believed to become sacred to fertile the rice paddy and people. You will also see a nice carving of god Vishnu reclining on a serpent called Anonta floats himself on a cosmic sea awaiting to a reborn of god Brahma to creating a new world. A long with some carvings of god Shiva riding on sacred bull, Nandy. Bhrama with four faces lies in the river bed. You finally get to see waterfall sprinkling on you giving blessing. Look at the view of many valleys and refresh yourself.

At noon, Lunch box set up at the foot of the mountain.
After lunch, make your way back to Banteay Srei, a small pink color sandstone temple known as a jewel and consider as a birth places of Khmer classical art style and architecture. Continue your way back to combine visit to Banteay Samre Temple, a copy art style of Angkor Wat Temple or/and visit to Ta Prohm, the one is still overgrown by strangler fig and silk cotton trees, the most picturesque and romantic appeal. You will also see the 10th century Pre Rup Temple.

A visit to Kbal Spean, a River of One thousand lingams will make you remember Cambodia with its glorious past and people for a lifetime.

Tour Duration: Day Trip
Tour Operates: Everyday Departures
Tour Price: USD65 Per Person (Guaranteed to depart with minimum 02 people)

Tour Price Inclusive of:
- Tours and transfers as mentioned in itinerary by private luxury air-condition vehicles
- Local English speaking guides
- One day Angkor pass for mentioned visit

Tour Price Exclusive of:
- Accommodation, please Contact Us
- Services and meals not mentioned
- Cambodia visa
- International and additional domestic flights include taxes
- Drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips … and expenditure of a personal nature
- Travel insurance

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