Wat Banan Temple
Wat Banan Temple
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Wat Banan temple away from Battambang city about 25km. It’s a 358-stone-step climb up Phnom Banan to reach Prasat Banan, but the incredible views across surrounding countryside from the top are worth it. Udayadityavarman II, son of Suryavarman I, built Prasat Banan in the 11th century; some locals claim the five-tower layout here was the inspiration for Angkor Wat, although this seems optimistic.
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David
Oxford, UK1,252 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
Although you need to climb a big staircase to reach it, the summit is worth the climb (beware the false summit!)
The breeze drowns out many sounds making this place quite pacific. There are lots of a particular genus of wildflower across the summit.

There is a bunker of some kind at the summit. I wonder what it's particular history is. Def not temple era!
Written August 11, 2022
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AnnieMay
Phnom Penh, Cambodia1 contribution
Jan 2021
Wat Banan Temple is for those who likes a serene quiet environment away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The Hill itself is pretty much the highest terrain in the area overlooking the flat rice fields. Don't forget to explore the hidden caves. Some even speculated that the caves in Banan reaches all the way to Thailand? Can not confirm. You will need full energy climbing those stairs, but at the top the scene is amazing!
Written December 21, 2021
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Alex H
Port St. Mary, UK855 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
This temple was part of our day tour through our Royal Hotel in Battambang.
It is $2.00 each entry, and this is very reasonable. You can spend a good 45mins here easily (we spent longer in total).
There are hundreds of steps to climb up, and when you get to the top you are rewarded with magnificent views of Battambang and also the temple itself. The temple is very old and has an ancient feel to it, and makes for some great pictures. The stairs are worth it.
At the bottom of the stairs there are a few shops and street style restaurants which we ate at and had a good meal.
All in all I would recommend including Wat Banan as part of your itinerary of Battambang.
Written March 2, 2020
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e j
34 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
The temple and the base surrounding area are tranquil, a contrast to some other destinations. I experienced this temple with tour guide Kamnat, of AKD Tours. Not known to me until we arrived, Kamnat has specific personal knowledge of this exact spot. He tended to family cows at the base of the hill in his youth, and attended a nearby pagoda. Wow. Ask him some questions. Nearby, I enjoyed some bamboo sticky rice, a must try. This destination is some distance from the town center. But for me, that Tuk Tuk ride in the country with Kamnat, with stops along the way that I spontaneously requested, was fantastic, with real life charm.
Written March 31, 2022
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About Cambodia Travel & Tours
Siem Reap, Cambodia479 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
It is surrounding by jungle with peaceful and beautiful views around the temple and it is very impressive but you have to walk up to the temple on the top with 568 steps up and down, it is good stort to go up by stairs case. It is not crowded and not so many tourists .
Written March 27, 2019
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Angkor Best Driver
Siem Reap, Cambodia638 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
My wife and i went to visit in battambang province , we interesting the banan temple and amazing cave under banan mountain , inside the cave has got the few natural statues in the cave , we very happy and enjoy the best trip to battambang , when you go to visit in battambang province , please forget to visit the cave at banan temple mountain ,
Written February 7, 2015
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matchesbroome
Wheelers Hill, Australia206 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
We didn't know if there would be much to do in Battambang after the excitement of the Temples in Siem Reap and the boat trip across Tonle Sap. On arrival we met a young guy called Happy, and he was happy to drive us around all day in his tuktuk. After a ride on the Bamboo Train, and numerous stops in the countryside at a winery, an orange orchard, a fruit bat colony and a lychee farm, we arrived at the base of Banan Hill just in time for lunch and enjoyed an amazing roadside meal at one of the many eateries and several icy cold waters, as we contemplated the three hundred and whatever it is stairs. We engaged the services of three young girls with their bamboo fans, who then fanned us the entire climb.
The climb is worth it. Not only do you get to work off the excess calories of all the Angkor Lagers around the pool the previous evening, the 360 degree view of the surrounding plain is quite spectacular, as too are the crumbling temples and Prickly Pear Cacti.
The young girls waited and fanned us on the way back down, all for a couple of dollars and a cold drink.
We continued on to Phnom Sampeau, just down the road, where Happy arranged two moto drivers to take us to the top of this mountain, which holds a very sad past.
Our day finished as the sun was setting, we stood watching in the air as millions of bats erupted out of the side of Phnom Sampeau , out of a cave system we had just been in minutes before.
The sheer number of bats is inexplicable. They snake their way out of the cave like a giant serpent rising into the air.
We hadn't heard too much about Battambang, but have some of our fondest memories from Cambodia on that particular day visiting the local temples and learning a lot about Cambodia's history.
There certainly wasn't the crowds associated with the Siem Reap attractions. When we climbed Wat Banan, we encountered 6 foreigners, at Phnom Sampeau maybe 100.
You can find Happy Tours on Facebook and he will gladly take you to these places for a very very nominal fee. His knowledge of Cambodian history, politics and religion is immense and he speaks very good English.
Written January 8, 2015
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Shirin Yee
Malaysia298 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
It’s beautiful view on top that you could see lake, flat lands, crops, paddy fields... but first need to climb the long long long and steep stairs. Worth the climb. If you’re using maps.me, don’t follow the car route as it will bring you to the jungle, just change to walking route. On the way up I’m keep thinking how those ancient ppl actually built all these stairs and how many ppl had sacrificed for this. Unbelievable incredible amazing structure that’s still standing.
Written January 26, 2019
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cambodiashuttle
Siem Reap Province, Cambodia22 contributions
Aug 2018
one great great and fun temple for young people is about 100 meter high from surround. with a lots of stars. I do recommend elderly as a bit quit tall. I do love laterise build with old eyes of buiding and top view and nature birder sound was great.
Written August 27, 2018
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Alice S
Lund, Sweden602 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
We didn't have much planned for the day in battambang. We rented a motorbike and went to a few different places the wat banan temple included. If you go by your self, take the turn by the modern newer temple and you'll avoid the ticket booth. The locals doesn't pay anything and it's not like it's the western tourists that trash the place down with junk. We went that way by accident and didn't realise until we were leaving that you had to pay as a foreigner.

It's quite a climb but the temple is nice. 30 minutes were enough for us. The temple site is nice and quiet for sure a nice visit.
Written June 4, 2015
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