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“Nice place to cool off on a hot day”
Review of West Baray

West Baray
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US$65.00*
and up
Bike tour in Siem Reap countryside
Ranked #102 of 191 things to do in Siem Reap
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 30 October 2013

Now that there has been a lot of rain the lake is looking clear and tranquil. When you've looked at all the stalls go down the steps to the hammocks which are under cover and right on the water's edge. Go for a swim and then have a snooze. The hammocks are really comfortable, however, there is a charge for them.
If you like doing your own thing hire a mountain bike in town and take the airport road which is not too bad in the morning but gets really hectic in the afternoon. To return to Siem Reap don't take the track past all the stalls as it is a very long way and very rough and sandy, instead turn right at the top of the hill. You will have about 5 km on a road which turns into a track at times with absolutely no-one. Once you get to the pagoda the road gets better and you can see buffalo and cows and rice fields. Once you get to the end of the dirt road turn left and you're on your way back into Siem Reap. Stop for some food at one of the local restaurants and you will have had a wonderful but tiring day.
Beware though, traffic in Cambodia is very different to Western traffic and you should not go on your own on a track. The whole trip is about 26 km.

Thank loltraveller2013
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Quit, tranquil. Cheap local food. Breeze and lake (the water might seem dirty to some people, but I swam and still like the lake).

Thank RyanThang
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

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.

Thank Savon168
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

you should go there about 4.00 pm to see sunset, go the road to near Pagoda, no body, quiet, cow and bufalo back home, it magic

4  Thank Manonmv10
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

I go there with my Khmer friends, its a place they go for escape us tourist, joking.. it has not much to offer tourists, unless you want to step out side of the western way of doing things n sample the khmer way. they have traditional cooked food there and swimming in the shallow lake.

2  Thank gekpeter
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