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Phnom Bakheng, Siem Reap
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The world-famous sunsets at Phnom Bakheng draw as many visitors as the historical temple itself. This temple mountain--a typical Angkor design representing Mt. Meru, birthplace of the Hindu gods--was the first of its kind in the city. It dates back to the 9th century, when it was built by King Yasovarman and dedicated to Shiva. The temple sits on a five-level base and has five towers, with 104 towers distributed evenly around the lower levels. Early morning remains the least-crowded time to visit the attraction; expect lots of visitors during the day, and especially during the spectacular sunsets. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Siem Reap holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Phnom Bakheng and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The temple is located on a high hill close to Angkor Thom and offers great views over the surrounding countryside. However it is most famous for the beautiful sunset view from the top. The base of the...  more »
  • What a bad attraction, completely obsolete. Incomprehensible that this attraction still on Tripadvisor. Next week we go to Siem Reap and we will never visit, let alone such an attraction on elephants. TripAdvisor. This wan attraction like to delete.
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  • Sunset on Bakheng is quite amazing. You can see the panoramic view of Siem Reap on top of the temple. There's a limit of 300 ppl to be on the top of the temple during the sunset hours, my friend and i...  more »
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  • Phnom Bakheng is a place that you can enjoy watching sunset with a very appealing green view around this mountain. You need to walk from the gate where is at the ground to the top of mountain, and the route is quite comfortable for people. Instead of walking, you also can use to ride on elephants by paying some fees to the local there. However, you need to wear appropriate clothes if you wish to go up to the mountain. For example, women cannot wear shorts or mini-skirt to climb the mountain because it is a holy place. Walking on the road along the forest, you will reach to the top of mountain. There is a temple up there as well that you can have a photo taken.
  • The place is famous for its sunset scenery. It is a good place to see the sunset but if you were expecting to a sun set over the temple region then you might be a bit disappointed. The sunset is towards the other side of the temple region. Also, there is a limit to the patrons allowed up in the temple so be really early or else you might miss it. The limit is 300 so I'll recommend getting there before 4 to have a chance. Check the weather too. Don't fret though since it's a bit overrated. Also, it's a hike up and you'll need to walk back down in the dark after the sunset.
  • If you still have energy left in you after a long day of exploring temples after temples, then climb on top of a hill to the west of Angkor Wat to the highest temple in the region, Phnom Bakheng. Built more than 200 years before Angkor Wat, Phnom Bakheng can be a challenge to get to. You first have to walk up a winding path up the hill. Alternatively, you can always hire an elephant ride to get you up there. It'll set you back USD20 though. At the top, you have to climb further stairs to enjoy a great vista of the Angkor region, if weather permits.
  • Enjoy sunset view from the hilltop temple
  • If you travel to Siem Reap you should necessarily visit the temples at here, this temple bears a long history, you have to mount the stone steps was relatively high, on top you will comprehend the sheer mountainous landscape pretty. The entire ruins collected insight, the path, planting fresh flowers