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“A nice place to chill”
Review of West Baray Lake

West Baray Lake
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Bike tour in Siem Reap countryside
Ranked #99 of 180 things to do in Siem Reap
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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 22 August 2014

The West Baray is a reservoir from Angkorian times and is still operational today. The waters of the Baray also serve as irrigation for rice crops in ancient times. The tall dykes have steps leading all the way down where local folks have stalls selling food, renting rubber tubes as well as deck chairs. A temple, East Mebon is in the center of this Baray. We bought some crickets here to sample while enjoying the view. A must visit if you have the time.

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Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

We took a tuk tuk in the morning and our driver recommended a trip out to the lakes, about 30mins outside of Siem Reap, well worth it even if we did feel a little touched buying a bag of rice for the school, 35kg. Our guide recommended not giving money to any one direct because parents get their children asking for money and take it from them anyway.

A great trip out, a boat ride through the floating village and a beer in a lookout. Thoroughly enjoyed it. The tuk tuk guy then took us some where nice for lunch as well.

Can't complain about the advice and the transport, 5 hours and US$15.

2  Thank Peter M
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

The largest of the barays or reservoirs of Angkor (and until recently, the only extant reservoir), the West Baray is a must-see.

If one uses a remorque-moto, the first sign that one is near is a sharp incline upward. This means that one is going up the earthen dikes that hold the waters of this baray.

And then there it is - it is hard to believe that all of this expanse of water is man-made.The breeze was cool, the entire place peaceful. I wanted to go to the West Mebon as reviews said that it was a peaceful and tranquil place, but I was disappointed when I was told that it was not allowed to dock there. It is possible to rent a boat to view the place, but landing isn't allowed. The price mentioned - 20 USD - was too much for a ride that won't get me to the West Mebon so I declined.

Along the shores of this man-made reservoir were all sorts of stalls and houses, some on stilts.

Perhaps on my next visit, the West Mebon would be accessible and I will spend more time to unwind on the West Baray.

Highly recommended!

Thank Ermaximum
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

15 minutes NW of Siem Reap, very near to the airport, this man-made lake is a beautiful place to visit just for sunset or for the whole day.
Depending on the seasonal changes in water levels you may clamber along rickety wooden walkways to relax with a picnic on traditional mats and hammocks, or stroll along broad expanses of sand, swim in warm (though muddy) freshwater or take a boat to the island (which is undergoing "development") . Local grilled fish and chicken are served simply with rice and mild green papaya salad from dozens of small stalls.
Note the modest dress code in the water: women always fully dressed, and many men choose not to go bare-cheasted as well.

If you are short of time, head to the lake for sunset. It's only a few minutes drive from Angkor Wat.

Thank Yamkaidow
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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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