Phnom Kulen Waterfalls


What’s the best way to cool off in the thick of summer’s heat….chase away the humidity by jumping into the nice cool waterfalls of Phnom Kulen. This national park, whose name is translated into “Mountain of Lychees” is less than 2 hours travel time from the centre of Siem Reap (40km northeast from Angkor Temple complex). Ascending up the mountain and closer to the area, the roads got a little bit bumpier. So taking a four wheel drive is a good idea.

Understandably it’s a popular getaway for locals and tourists who don’t mind traveling out to experience nature. In rainy season, the water levels of the falls get really big and powerful. We were there mid June and the city had fairly low rainfall, but that didn’t stop everyone from jumping into the waters for a swim. I didn’t try it myself  (who would be taking pictures if I did!) but was told that in the waters, the little fish were happily nibbling away at any skin they could leech on to.

It’s a nice picnic spot for families as seen by the numerous folks gathered for shared meals.



The smaller waterfall at the beginning of the pathway that finally leads to the larger falls

It’s an easy walk down the footpath and steps before coming to the narrow pathway that leads to the pool.





The swing is the start of the way to the water and it can be quite relaxing to lounge there and look out towards the falls.


It’s not too difficult to see why this place just exuded a sense of calmness amidst the falling waters. Was a nice way to spend a few hours especially in the humid weather.




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