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

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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 October 2016
Galeazzi M
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

A really quiet place and relatively clean, making it good for an afternoon break. I am told that it is famous among local tourists, and this is visible through the long stretch of stalls selling everything that could go on a barbecue... corn, sweet potatoes, chicken, ducks, all sorts of fish, seafood… not forgetting the snakes, various insects, frogs and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015

West Baray is a man made lake with beautiful views both at sunrise and sunset. You can rent a place on the beach with mats and hammocks. Very quiet and relaxing. There are vendors near by, so food is available.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015 via mobile

Definitely worth the visit. Having based myself in Siem reap for 2 months, coming out here was a regular weekend getaway from the heat to relax. I wouldn't go to the main tourist area though, when you arrive at the lake continue to the left and you will find much quieter areas to eat and relax! A quick dip in... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

Interesting to see the lake and those who make their homes there. Longer drive to get there along a long, rough and at times bumpy road in a tuk tuk but something different in the area and if you have the right perspective, an interesting times spent doing something different.

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