Cambodia Day 3 – Kbal Spean

18 Apr

This post is part of our adventures in Cambodia.  For more posts from our trip, click here.

After our trip to the ladies temple we headed back to our car and went to the next site.  This site was different from the rest as there was no temple – instead it was a mountain hike to the source of the rivers which flow throughout the entire country of Cambodia.  Kbal Spean is a place full of stories and it would have been helpful to have purchased the book at the previous temple to hear them all, but we decided to move forward.

Ready to explore

Ready to explore

Because Banteay Srei had been so crowded, Kbal Spean felt out and out deserted.  This was a place off the beaten tourist path.  After the first 15 minutes of the hike we found out why – the hike was a hike – in some places so steep you needed a hand hold and in others very slippery as you descended.  I can’t imagine trying to climb that hill in the rainy season – even in the dry, dry weather we lost our footing several times.

Looking up

Looking up

After getting to the top (eventually), we saw some carvings and esoteric statues, but in general – it felt deserted – like some place you stumbled on in a dream.  We rested a long time at the top, taking in the calm water and laughing at a baby that a French couple next to us had carried all the way up.

The carving at the top of the mountain - Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma

The carving at the top of the mountain – Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma

More carvings - likely over 700 years old

More carvings – likely over 700 years old

On the way down we followed one of the local “guides” who showed us a beautiful water fall and other pathways where there were butterflies and more carvings in the river.  It was a direct contrast to the previous temple and I could understand why they believed these waters were powerful – to grant fertility and life and good health to those who worshipped at the river.

Climbing back down - via the waterfall route!

Climbing back down – via the waterfall route!

A final look

A final look

Enjoy the photos and the calm natural feel that I can sense when looking back through them.

In that vein I would like to send a birthday wishes to my sister and hope that those good things will follow her not only on her birthday, but always!  Happy Birthday!

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6 Responses to “Cambodia Day 3 – Kbal Spean”

  1. Lizzy April 18, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    This reminds me sooo much of my trip to Cambodia. I have photo so similar to your waterfall picture! Looks like you had a fantastic time.

    • gkm2011 April 18, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

      Thanks – if you went to Kbal Spean it was one of my favorite parts. Glad that you stopped by and took the time to comment. We had a wonderful time.

      • Lizzy April 18, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

        I think it must have been Kbal Spean based on your pictures but for some reason the name isn’t ringing any bells!

  2. Naomi Baltuck April 19, 2013 at 1:36 am #

    Great photos! What an adventure.

    • gkm2011 April 19, 2013 at 8:18 am #

      My favorite is the last one. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Anne April 23, 2013 at 4:38 am #

    Thanks for the bday shout out! We are still reading (just via email 🙂 )!

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