Tonle Bati

Attraction Tonle Bali, Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015

3 hours
07:00 AM - 05:00 PM
08:00 AM
11:00 AM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Tour
Kids
Free
Temple & Monument
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Tonle Bati is a small lake about 30 km south of Phnom Penh. It is a popular weekend destination fishing spot for both tourists and people who live locally.

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Why Tonle Bati is special ?

Tonle Bati is a small lake and popular picnic spot for the locals - bamboo picnic stands and mats by the water. On the road to Tonle Bati there are two Angkorian era temples, Ta Prohm and Yeay Peau. Both temples were built under Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century during the same period that Bayon and Angkor Thom in Siem Reap were constructed. Ta Prohm is the more extensive and impressive of the two, displaying a number of very well-preserved carvings. Yeay Peau is a single sandstone tower situated next to an active pagoda displaying some carvings. The area has been occupied and temples present since the pre-Angkorian Funan period and Ta Prohm was modified and extended as late as the 16th century. 


What to explore at Tonle Bati?

Tonle Bati is a popular lake and picnic area that has bamboo shacks built out over the water that people can rent out for eating and whiling away the day. It's generally a weekend get-away spot, which means it's nice and quiet during the week. Locals swim there, but the water does not look real inviting. 


There are all kinds of food and drink stands that sell everything you need for a picnic along the lake. Note that there are tours that follow you when you arrive on weekends and try to get you to go to their own place. It's best to pass right by them and find a spot on your own. Check prices beforehand on everything.


They are famous for handing you an outrageously high bill when you depart.Tonle Bati is a place of worship and features two ancient temples, Ta Promh and Yeay Peov, and a pagoda, Wat Tonle Bati, which was built in 1576.


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How to get to Tonle Bati?

If you travel from Phnom Penh to Takeo province throught Takhmau town of Kandal province, along national road No. 2 and which is about 35 Kilometers from the the south of Phnom Penh city, then you will reach a place called Tonle Bati Resort. You will notice big entrance gates on the right hand side of the road and there is also a banner that says "Tonle Bati Resort", From the entrance gates you will need to go a further 2 kilometers until you reach the resort.


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Selling points

  • “Nice Place for a Picnic"
  • " Quiet and Relaxed Place”
  • “A little Gem”
  • “A nice side trip”
  • “Very Nice Experience"
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Duration
2.0 days
Estimated
61.41 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Tips for you

  • There are all kinds of food and drink stands that sell everything you need for a picnic along the lake.
    Shopping
  • You can also rent a tube or small paddle boat, but the water is a bit dirty
    Things to do
  • There are also restaurants and shops and drink stands opened daily, but Tonle Bati is crowded only on weekends and public holidays.
    Food
  • Fresh seafood is brought alongside the hut by enterprising people in canoes.
    Food
  • Beware the kids offering free flowers as a precursor to photographs when dad arrives and charges $1
    Experience
  • Beware of aggressive begging children
    Safety
  • Travelers not encouraged to come here alone
    Safety
  • You can also visit a silk weaving village near Tonle Bati.
    Things nearby
  • It is an easy journey from Phnom Penh either by car, tuk tuk or moto, more adventurous travelers can take local bus service
    Transportation

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Unlike some reviewers we expect that Cambodian roads are potholed, traffic chaotic & sometimes terrifying & tuk tuks slow, but if you want to experience the real Cambodia pay an English speaking driver US$50 for an 8 hour adventure taking you from central Phnom. Penh to Mankong (Silk) Island, crossing the. Mekong River (with your tuk tuk) for $1 a head, then have an up close look at simple Cambodian rural life with stilt houses, weaving looms and spinning wheels underneath, emaciated bullocks being driven along the dusty roads to graze on rice stubble & buy exqyuisite woven silk from the ladies who actually weave the most beautiful designs & who happily chat & give you a glimpse into their very modest lives. After a bumpy ride here, we headed off to see the ruins of Ta Phrom temple(yes, $3 a head entry to pay for a small amount of preservation & ground care.... hardly a huge expense) and the beautiful buddhist btemple complex including a monastery & open sided 5 buddha temple next door on the shores of Tonle Bati lake.Young girls try to make a few rile by selling flowers & acting as unofficial guides but they are by no means beggars. Help them with their English & give them a few riel for their trouble before going somewhere to buy something else you don't need, these rural people live on less than $1.25 a day...Our final stop en route back to busy Phnom Penh was the very moving Choeung. Ek Genocidal Center (Killing Fields) where we used the excellent English audio guide to tour the area & memorial stupa at our own pace. That these horrors occurred in our lifetime is shocking but the way that the incredibly friendly & industrious Cambodian people have worked to recover the loss off all their teachers, academics, priests & monks, business people, administrators & lawyers etc etc in just 36 years is awe inspiring.This is 8 hours of dust in your face from unmade roads, jarring porholes & the occasional near death experience on the road, but also a glimpse into a wonderful cottage industry, their rural simplicity which will disappear soon, their proud architectural & religious history and an insight into one of the most shocking acts of genocide in modern history. We thought it was $50 (plus $2 ferry, plus $6 temple plus $12 Choeung Ek entry & audio guide plus $40 for 5 superb hand made pure silk scarves) very well spent.

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When we got here, swarm of children are already asking for money and selling stuff. You wouldn't be able to enjoy the view since the kids will follow you around asking you for money or selling you stuff even though you keep telling them no.

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My wife and I had an enjoyable day relaxing in one of the floating huts on the river. Owner of the hut (young girls) made us lunch which is delivered to you with cold drinks. Don’t know where it was cooked but enjoyable it plus we had some interesting and delightful conservations with the young girls. Some people were swimming but the water was dirty and didn’t look inviting at all. Driver then took us to the temples which we were instantly hassled by young children - beggars! Very annoying so we left. Trip was good except for the beggars at the temple

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Unlike some reviewers we expect that Cambodian roads are potholed, traffic chaotic & sometimes terrifying & tuk tuks slow, but if you want to experience the real Cambodia pay an English speaking driver US$50 for an 8 hour adventure taking you from central Phnom. Penh to Mankong (Silk) Island, crossing the. Mekong River (with your tuk tuk) for $1 a head, then have an up close look at simple Cambodian rural life with stilt houses, weaving looms and spinning wheels underneath, emaciated bullocks being driven along the dusty roads to graze on rice stubble & buy exqyuisite woven silk from the ladies who actually weave the most beautiful designs & who happily chat & give you a glimpse into their very modest lives. After a bumpy ride here, we headed off to see the ruins of Ta Phrom temple(yes, $3 a head entry to pay for a small amount of preservation & ground care.... hardly a huge expense) and the beautiful buddhist btemple complex including a monastery & open sided 5 buddha temple next door on the shores of Tonle Bati lake. Young girls try to make a few rile by selling flowers & acting as unofficial guides but they are by no means beggars. Help them with their English & give them a few riel for their trouble before going somewhere to buy something else you don't need, these rural people live on less than $1.25 a day... Our final stop en route back to busy Phnom Penh was the very moving Choeung. Ek Genocidal Center (Killing Fields) where we used the excellent English audio guide to tour the area & memorial stupa at our own pace. That these horrors occurred in our lifetime is shocking but the way that the incredibly friendly & industrious Cambodian people have worked to recover the loss off all their teachers, academics, priests & monks, business people, administrators & lawyers etc etc in just 36 years is awe inspiring. This is 8 hours of dust in your face from unmade roads, jarring porholes & the occasional near death experience on the road, but also a glimpse into a wonderful cottage industry, their rural simplicity which will disappear soon, their proud architectural & religious history and an insight into one of the most shocking acts of genocide in modern history. We thought it was $50 (plus $2 ferry, plus $6 temple plus $12 Choeung Ek entry & audio guide plus $40 for 5 superb hand made pure silk scarves) very well spent.

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