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West Baray Lake

west of Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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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. 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.
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good47%
  • Average20%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“man made lake” (4 reviews)
“picnic lunch” (2 reviews)
“local food” (3 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
west of Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Reviewed March 30, 2015

I'm a little hesitant to review Baray as it is really so 'Local' but I'll do it anyway as it shouldn't be missed if you fancy an alternative to the temples. I lived in Siem Reap for 6 months and the place is perfect for...More

Thank Chris O
Reviewed March 29, 2015

Visit this place by Tutuk, is not difficult, it is not far from National Highway (few Km from crossing from the way too the S.R. Airport), but in dry period little bit dusty way. First You will see the big embankment and an old concrete...More

1  Thank Michael P
Reviewed February 26, 2015

I hire a bicycle for $1 a day and cycle to the lake. It is easy to find along the airport road past the airport turn off then 2k further on turn right down a small road. It is a ten minute ride to the...More

2  Thank Dorsetbruce
Reviewed February 16, 2015

If the guides or guide books are true, then this has to be one of the largest man-make lakes ever dug out from solid earth. Not much to see or do around the lake unless you're into fresh-water fish angling but it's good to chill...More

Thank Azahar A
Reviewed January 19, 2015

nothing much to see just a large mass of water for irrigation & fishing. Complete waste of time rather spend that time seeing the temples.

1  Thank Mitamanick
Reviewed January 18, 2015

Not exactly a spring fed lake but refreshing on an hot day and only a 10 km bike ride! Many shaded "restaurants" and snacks available. No crocs visible.

Thank 843RIchardE999
Reviewed January 8, 2015

Some of my best memories are at West Baray. It's often overlooked by most backpackers, as it is more of a local hangout. No better place to relax with a couple of friends.

1  Thank CraigReynolds
Reviewed December 6, 2014

Terrible with a lots of people, terrific with the nice lake and view. If someone want to swim please go this place.

1  Thank Sopheak P
Reviewed November 17, 2014 via mobile

We had a trip with Polo (+855(0)16702988, +855(0)12929185, polosopharith@gmail.com) to this beautiful place. He tought and told us things about his culture and past. Also he provided us really good and cheap food. This is a place where you can see how combodian living is....More

1  Thank Öner D
Reviewed October 24, 2014

Check it out, Incredible undertaking by the ancient Khemer's, and foresight of the King Jyirathaman. Catch a boat to the island temple and glimpse Ankhor Wat to the East, great at sunrise. Watch the kids frolic in the water, eat and relax in a hammock...More

Thank myfriendhue
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