Meet a driver at your hotel in Siem Reap for the scenic trip to Phnom Kulen Mountain, passing a landscape of tropical forest and rural communities in your air-conditioned vehicle.
The first stop of the day is a hilltop temple, where a massive reclining Buddha carved directly into a sandstone boulder can be found. Next, head to the River of a Thousand Lingas, exploring a riverbank adorned with ancient carvings of phalluses and Hindu gods.
Cool off at another sacred site, Phnom Kulen Waterfalls, which tumble into a wide basin that’s ideal for a midday swim or wade. Throughout the day, the guide helps bring the ancient sites to life by explaining their significance and symbolism, and you have time to purchase lunch at a local restaurant before the return trip to Siem Reap.