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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  • August 6, 2017
    In order to watch the 6 o'clock sunsets, we arrived at Phnom Bakheng before 4 o'clock in the afternoon. Here are a number of considerations limit the number of climbers at 300 people, to nearly 5 points, saturated the number on the mountain, mountain staff will not release, so watch the sunrise to arrive early. Tour guide said watching the sunrise in winter than in summer, and good sunny than cloudy Sunrise, Sunrise luck are also important factors. Although clouds and light rain on the day, but the result is not important, important is we have witnessed a process of Angkor at sunset.
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  • August 5, 2017
    It is the most popular spot for local and international tourists because they watch the most beautiful view around the mountain and include sunrise and sunset also and please do not forget to visit du...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    Don't encourage the elephant ride. Just avoid it. It is just a mere 10 minutes hike up the hill. Get there early, pack some drinks and food. Spend about an hour waiting for the sunset. It is breathtak...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    A good spot for some sunset pics but get there early as the place is packed by 5.30 pm. Be in position by 5 pm otherwise you may need to wait on numbers to leave before being allowed up onto the temple at the top. Apparently, it’s 300 maximum allowed up on the structure at any one time.
  • June 2, 2017
    Don't tell anyone but this is the ultimate sun rise temple. 20 minutes hike through the jungle in the dark feels spooky but as the path is wide there is no chance to lost the way. I was the only person at the temple from 5:00am to 6:30am - when the first guard arrived long before any other visitors. As the temple is on the top of the hill From Here you can see horizon in all directions: Dawn fogs raising from the jungle and clouds forming at the top of the distant mountains, descending down along the slopes, Angkor Wat domes, sky reflecting in thesurrounding wetlands.
  • February 8, 2017
    Will be so picturesque after the restoration works are complete. Currently the stones of a completelly disassembled shrine are of interest. They lay down on the ground all numbered and looking like new. The stairway straight up to the mountain is closed off, so you can choose either the elephant path or a shaded circular route. The elephant path is best for a quicker descent.
  • June 15, 2017
    Beautiful spot for sunset. Make sure you are early though as only 300 people are allowed up there at anyone time.
  • September 26, 2016
    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.

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