West Baray Lake

Attraction west of Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
06:00 AM - 06:00 PM
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Nature
Kids
0.00 USD

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A giant reservoir constructed during the Khmer Empire, measuring 8km long by 2.1km wide (or almost 2,300 Wembley Stadium football pitches). Its purpose at the time it was constructed is still not clear, and the original hypothesis, that it was used for irrigation, no longer holds much water.

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Why West Baray Lake is special ?

A giant reservoir constructed during the Khmer Empire, measuring 8km long by 2.1km wide (or almost 2,300 Wembley Stadium football pitches). Its purpose at the time it was constructed is still not clear, and the original hypothesis, that it was used for irrigation, no longer holds much water. In the centre, is an island with the West Mebon temple. A great spot for walks, or a short boat ride out to the island. You can also hire hammocks for about a dollar, and picnic on the freshly prepared food sold from about a dozen stalls.

What to explore at West Baray Lake?

The secret though is to climb down one of the steep stairs and find yourselves a "cabana" with some hammocks. There are people serving fresh food and cold drinks from the water and it's a great place to spend some hours to relax. When you order drinks, they'll give you a bucket full with ice and drinks of your choice. Afterwards you only pay for what you've used. For local specialty, you can easily find some small stalls sell grilled fish and chicken are served simply with rice and mild green papaya salad.

Selling points

  • Nice place to hang out
  • The mother of all man-made lakes
  • A relaxing way to spend time in Siem Reap
  • Manmade marvel, hidden gem
  • Nice place to cool off on a hot day
  • A fun slice of real Cambodia life
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
457.90 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
25 places

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west of Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Tips for you

  • You should go there about 4.00 pm to see sunse
    Timming
  • On Saturdays and Sundays it is packed with locals - on weekdays it's more quiet and easier to find a free "cabana".
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  • There's no admission charge, food & drinks are very affordable
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  • It's near the airport.
    Location
  • It's also a nice place to get a bargain for clothing as well.
    Experience

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After visit Angkor Wat temple, we went through to west baray lake so beautiful lake and water very clean and cool. We swam about 20munites after going to get lunch with Khmer foods. Very fantastic lake for Cambodian.

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