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Address: west of Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

A giant reservoir constructed during the Khmer Empire, measuring 8km long...

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.

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Great place to spend a day off!

Great place to spend a day off! I spent a Sunday afternoon with two of my local friends! Comfortable hammock bar with local food! The place is really characteristic where locals... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2016
Galeazzi M
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I went with local friends. This was a day to relax off the beaten track. We had a picnic lunch (food was good) that we shared with a million flies. The hammocks and relaxed setting was a nice change from Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. If you are on a limited time trip, then don't bother. Not the easiest location... More 

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Reviewed 2 April 2017

West Baray is a man made water reservoir constructed about 600 years back for the water needs for the Angkor inhabitants.Many locals come for a swim & as a family picnic spot but for a tourist there are many better places to relax in town. Lots of hammocks along the lake beach which one can take to lie down for... More 

Carrickmacross, Ireland
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

We took a boat out to the reconstruction of the temple in the middle of Baray lake. Its being funded by German Monet but with local expertise also. It is being reconstructed and it will something to see in future when finished

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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

This massive lake was man made about 1000 years ago. An impressive lake of water. I was intrigued by the hammocks available for the leisure seekers along the shore

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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6 reviews
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Great place to spend a day off! I spent a Sunday afternoon with two of my local friends! Comfortable hammock bar with local food! The place is really characteristic where locals jump and swim on the lake and having their lunch with the family.

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

This is a greet place for swimming and relax time with lunch and dinner. Nice food with grilled chicken, frog and fish. On high water is nice view.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Reviewed 7 August 2016

When I was a little boy, I was impressed by the size of the lake and the beauty of the beach. 20 years later, it looks like an abandoned place. Not much water as before. Nothing to do unless you want to tast local food. However, don't try to get sick. Local community needs to do something to improve the... More 

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Pilsen, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

About 20mins from the centre. Good place to relax, rent a hummock, get a beer or eat fish/frogs and other street food. Water is muddy and smells fishy so we didn't go in. Most people are locals. No one was paying too much attention to us.

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Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

Really nothing to see unless you are going to be here a long time. Maybe you can imagine what it was like centuries ago when it was a working baray.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 8 February 2016

West Baray lake, is what the locals have close to beach, Rows and rows of Hammocks are being erected along the lakeside on the sand with a tarp. Local come here during afternoon till the sunset for picnic and swim. This would truly be an experience where you can see ow locals have fun with their family. Go and hang... More 

Thank Shahul Hameed S

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