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.