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“Beautiful”
Review of Wat Banan Temple

Wat Banan Temple
Ranked #4 of 52 things to do in Battambang
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Owner description: We'll start in the morning, whenever you want. I will pick you up from the hotel. After a short briefing, I first let you see how the people are making rice noodles. After that, we are going to see how the old lady is rolling the cigarettes. After that, we are going to see how the people are making rice papers for spring rolls. After that we are going to Ek Phnom temple. After the temple, we are taking the countryside road, and I stop for a while to explain you about how the people are living around that villages. After that we are going to see how the people are making the Cambodian cheese. After that, we are taking the countryside again to see how the people are making the bamboo sticky rice (cake). Lunch time :you can have it on the way at the countryside or come to have lunch in the city. It's up to you. Then we continue our trip to the Bamboo train and on the bamboo train you can see the (countryside and small villages). And after that we are going back to the hotel . Included: Pick up and drop off, free information, petrol, tuktuk or motorbike. Not included: entrance fees, lunch
Paris, France
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

A beautiful trip with a motodoc through the countryside, to go to Wat Banan Temple. The temple is on the top of a little montain, near the killing caves, and the light is beautiful, especially with the sunset ... You can go and the top by foot or with the motobike. Ang just after the sunset, there is this amazing bat flight for more than one hour ... !

Visited January 2013
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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“ok for Battambang sights but difficult after Angkor Wat”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

spend 1-2 hours here... if you've come from Siem Reap this one can't compare but its good exercise scaling the 353 stairs

Visited January 2013
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Bangkok
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568 reviews
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“The climb is worth it”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

Be prepared to climb 320 steps to the top of the hill. Once there, you will forget your shallow breathing as these Khmer ruins are quite spectacular. They are very similar to some of the temples at Angkor Wat, but as they sit alone, they offer a very different perspective. SOme great scenery from the top and great opportunities for pics.

Visited December 2012
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Worth the climb”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

Don't forget to bring a bottle of water before you climb as there are 358 steps with a sharp incline to conquer to reach the temple. But don't be put off as you can have rest stops and the top is worth the climb. Wat Banan is made up of four temple towers with an extra one is the centre. Built from sandstone and laterite, the original temple dates back to 1050 and began as a Hindu temple. It was rebuilt as a Buddhist temple using the same stones in1219.
When you get back down, just round the corner is a small cave worth exploring. It's about 10 minutes' walk on a path occasionally lined with little thorny plants. The cave is cool -- a nice retreat from the heat outside -- and dark so bring a torch light. You may be crouching and stumbling around and suddenly a beam of light shoots down from an opening in the ceiling. It's lovely.

Visited November 2012
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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“You need to be fairly fit to get to the top!”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

It was a very long way up those steps!!!!!!! If you have health problems, particularly asthma, breathing problems or heart problems, you may want to give this one a miss

Visited October 2012
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