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. Put Phnom Bakheng into our Siem Reap online holiday planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Siem Reap.
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  • It was one of the kingdoms of Angkor Dynasty, and the temple was good. But if it's not a tour, and you want to see the sunset, you can give up. There is a limit to the number of sunsets on the mountain, and it's basically not going to go after 4 o'clock. The people up there are going to watch the sunset, so unless you're very patient and willing to wait there for 3 hours just for a glimpse of the sunset, I suggest I go in the morning. In addition, there is an elephant sitting on the mountain suggested not to go, because it will promote the abuse of animals, those elephants look very pathetic. Economic well-off can choose to give some to mine victims.
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  • We went here for sunset. Bad idea. Well, the sunset itself is nice. But it is a long walk up there in the heat. And only 300 people are allowed on the temple at a time. It means you have to climb arou...  more »
  • Not too difficult to access, the temple is under renovation but can be accessed at the top of the temple or the view and beautiful... We can see the Western Baray, Siem Reap and Angkor Wat, especially... Very popular for the sunset, we went there in the morning around 10: 00 and we were only 4 people!
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  • Nice place with tons of tourists. Tuktuk is around 7 US from the city come before 5pm and bring enough water as it is really hot on the stones. Only 300 people are allowed on top and the Chinese are crazy....so be earlier than them... Women only with covered shoulders and knees. Men covered shoulders and knees. There are many controls. It's nice though...but really stuffed with people.
  • The sunset here is definitely overrated, you have to queue for hours and it goes down behind some trees, Angkor Wat is on the opposite side. There are other, nicer temples to visit. The view over the landscape was nice, though.
  • Nice view over the landscape, but the sunset is overrated. Most of the people do not realize actually the view to Angkor Wat on the oposite side. With a 400mm objective and good weather conditions you are able to shoot nice photos from Angkor Wat residing in the jungle. They restrict the entrance to 300 people at a time. You will be safe to enter when coming around 4pm. It is a pity that tourists are still riding elephants! It is an easy 15 min walk to go to the top...
  • The temple is full of security guard who keep control and arrange the amount of people to climb up the temple make sure there is not over weight, because the temple is too old already and under renovation. I tell you, you have to go early if not you can not climb up the temple. Because there are lots of people, very crowded...you have to wait in queue.
  • It was amazing, it is a testament to men ingeniosity. To think that these temples were built so long ago and they are still standing, it is also a testament to the faith (Buddhism and Hinduism); Kampuchea (Cambodia) has been influenced by both. Individuals from India, China, Taiwan, Thailand, are still visiting, it is a holy sight for them.

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