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Wat Banan Temple, Battambang

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Perched atop a hill looking over the Sanker River, Wat Banan Temple provides a secluded encounter with an ancient Angkor temple. Climb up nearly 400 steep cobbled steps, reaching five monumental towers consecrated as a Buddhist shrine, thought to have been built sometime between the 10th and 13th centuries. Search for the few remaining carvings, best preserved on the central tower, depicting female spirits of the clouds and praying figures. On reaching the bottom of the hill, numerous food and drinks vendors greet you with welcome refreshments. A visit to Wat Banan Temple represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Battambang trip builder to plot your vacation.
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  • Wat Banan is located around 28km from Battambang. It can easily reached by hiring a tuk-tuk or a motor bike or you can rent a private car. Don't forget to bring a bottle of water before you climb as t...  more »
  • Other than the 340 something steps, the view on top is amazing! Just like all other temple. The staircase is really steep and long so if you're not ready for it..... The view is definitely still amazi...  more »
  • The temples were over 300 steps to the top but well worth the effort. Just beautiful had a wonderful lunch with a local vendor just yummy  more »
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  • There are a bunch of laterirte temples on a very steep hill. The temples have no sculptures or details whatsoever and are in ruins due to lack of conservation efforts. You have to climb around 360 very steep steps to reach the top, which is not worth what's up there to see. Felt it was more a couple's and students hangout place rather than a tourist destination.
  • Very steep hill! Nice to challenge yourself a bit 😉
  • It's a wonderful place to relax and eat good food. The price is also affordable.
  • Great food, affordable price, nice peaceful view by the lake.
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Where to stay in Battambang

Close to the banks of the river you'll find the main hotels of Battambang, some occupying modern buildings and others housed inside French colonial blocks. Hostels and rental apartments provide the budget-friendly options in town, with basic rooms and side-street locations. Look to the north and south of the city for luxury resorts making the most of the increase in space with a wealth of additional facilities.
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