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Lush green Kulen Mountain with hidden temples and refreshing waterfalls in Cambodia: A must-see sight
The last week of April this year, I happened to visit the Kulen Mountain, considered by the tribals and Khmers as the most sacred mountain in Cambodia which is also called Phnom Kulen by the locals and considered a pious location because of the ancient temples hidden in the tree-clad lush mountain.

The area has have been protected now as a part of the national park and for the foreigners, the entry is paid. The protected forest stretches over an area of 25 by 10 km and is covered by a chain of small mountain plateaus, rivulets and waterfalls.

Located 40 kilometres northeast of famous Angkor Wat temple complex, Phnom Kulen is about two-hour drive from Siem Reap town and the most convenient way to get there is by car, jeep or van.

The view of Cambodia's lush forests, rivers, waterfalls and more than fifty Angkorian ancient temples which are made of bricks and volcanic stones enthrall you.

The waterfalls of Phnom Kulen, which are very many, are a must-see sight. Even if you trek around and explore, you would find one or the other waterfall to cool off.

At some waterfalls, dresses are available to dress like fairies and click photos with the water fall as a backdrop. On Sundays and holidays, many locals come to the temples for pilgrimage and also have picnics around the rivers, lakes and waterfalls. You can also find shops selling craft items and local snacks. At the food stalls you can have soft drinks and lunch.

Most tourists go to the Reclining Buddha Temple and the pagoda where you will find people and monks praying. Some locals come to the temple and play folk instruments to sing devotional songs. 

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