Phnom Bakheng
Phnom Bakheng
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Phnom Bakheng served as the temple mountain of the first city of Angkor. Elephants can take you from the bottom to the top of Phnom Bakheng Mountain.
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  • HMKaren
    Los Angeles, California895 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Climb the hill to climb the temple---unbelievable sunset!!
    You have to do this one! It's part of the Angkor Thom area, so it's included with the Angkor ticket. Give yourself maybe half an hour (?) to walk up the hill. There is at least one small temple to see (from a distance) along the way, and there are places to stop to sit if you want. Once you reach the top of the hill, climbing the temple takes no time at all. Go for sunset, the view is spectacular!! But get there with plenty of time to get a good viewing spot, lots and lots of people are up there with you. Gorgeous, and a photo op you do NOT want to miss.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 February 2024
  • RamboNWAlberta
    Spruce Grove, Canada673 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views, sunset opportunities
    This was last stop on full day tour. We hiked to the top which takes about 15-20 minutes. Two platforms on way up for viewing. Temple up top is open to climb, mist crowd up here for sunsets. The views here are great, full view of Angkor Wat in the distance was nice and great photos! We enjoyed the site, stayed for sunset which was great. We actually moved down during sunset to get photos at lower two platforms. Very good views and pics from there as well.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 April 2024
  • Aethelred
    Cambridge, Massachusetts1,272 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunset
    All reviews are right, once again: Sunsets from the top of the pyramid are spectacular, but because of that, they are a mass event - can't be helped. Still worth it, and if you're tall, you can still make great pix. Zoom pix of Angkor Wat (on the other side of the sunset) are spectacular too but these days, they just look like drone shots. I think it's one of the best sunset spots in SR and I would recommend.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 April 2024
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Aethelred
Cambridge, MA1,272 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
All reviews are right, once again: Sunsets from the top of the pyramid are spectacular, but because of that, they are a mass event - can't be helped. Still worth it, and if you're tall, you can still make great pix. Zoom pix of Angkor Wat (on the other side of the sunset) are spectacular too but these days, they just look like drone shots. I think it's one of the best sunset spots in SR and I would recommend.
Written 20 April 2024
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RamboNWAlberta
Spruce Grove, Canada673 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This was last stop on full day tour. We hiked to the top which takes about 15-20 minutes. Two platforms on way up for viewing.

Temple up top is open to climb, mist crowd up here for sunsets. The views here are great, full view of Angkor Wat in the distance was nice and great photos!

We enjoyed the site, stayed for sunset which was great. We actually moved down during sunset to get photos at lower two platforms. Very good views and pics from there as well.
Written 6 April 2024
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HMKaren
Los Angeles, CA895 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
You have to do this one! It's part of the Angkor Thom area, so it's included with the Angkor ticket. Give yourself maybe half an hour (?) to walk up the hill. There is at least one small temple to see (from a distance) along the way, and there are places to stop to sit if you want. Once you reach the top of the hill, climbing the temple takes no time at all. Go for sunset, the view is spectacular!! But get there with plenty of time to get a good viewing spot, lots and lots of people are up there with you. Gorgeous, and a photo op you do NOT want to miss.
Written 11 February 2024
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Bangkokgirl2018
Phoenix, AZ166 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Two Elephants lost their lives here. Walking lazy tourist's up the mountain.
No water! They both had heat exhaustion..ridden into the ground.
Do not ride Elephants anywhere please! Do your homework.
Written 9 January 2024
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scubacol11
Rotherham, UK1,978 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
This temple is very popular for sunset and sunrise and gets very crowded at those times. It is a big climb up a large hill to get to the top and the track is not the best, I went late morning and there were very few others there, you still get a very good view over the park from the top.
Written 22 November 2023
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,665 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The word is out that Phnom Bakheng temple, the highest in Angkor Archeological Park, is THE place to be at sunset. So, it’s a given you won’t be alone here! It’s uphill to the temple, just take your time. When you arrive, there is a steep set of stairs to the top; fortunately, there are handrails. Great spot for a birds-eye view of Angkor Wat in the distance (note you will need a zoom lens to capture a close-up photo). There are also beautiful sunset views over West Baray. Don’t go if weather is questionable, allow yourself plenty of time ahead of sunset, and be prepared for crowds.
Written 28 January 2023
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Leannie
Hanoi, Vietnam1,432 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We cycled here from the town centre and locked our bikes up around a tree at what appeared to be the entrance, it wasn't very obvious or signposted from the road at all, we asked at the temple check guide opposite who directed us to it.
We sort of expected to just walk around a corner and be presented with a temple, what a mistake, be prepared to get the steps in climbing an upwards path to the temple. Along the way are a few vantage points and they had some great views of other temples, the bay and jungle. When we arrived at the temple we walked round the front and climbed the narrow steps, we had the temple to ourselves around midday which I was pleased as the thought of climbing the narrow steps with lots of other people did not appeal. There are handrails either side but the issue is they are in the sun and so almost impossible to grip!
The views from the top are stunning and well worth the climb, from all sides the views were impressive.
Written 23 January 2023
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Ruchi Sharma
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Phnom Bakheng is said to be the oldest temple of the ancient city of Angkor Thomp. It was built 2 centuries before Angkor Wat temple (889-910 AD). A small hike leads to the temple which is located on a 60m high hill. Best time to start this hike is 4PM if you don't want to miss breathtaking sunset views.
Since the temple is ancient and structure doesn't support more than a certain number of people,it is advisable to come early else you might end up staying in queue at the foot of the temple, from where narrow steep stairs take you to the temple top.
Written 22 August 2022
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skyisblu
Montreal, Canada2,538 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Phnom Bakheng, what is know as the "sunset temple" due to its high vantage point above the rest of the area, and its unobstructed view of the hazy orange sunset. We follow groups of monks in similarly tinted hazy orange robes upwards, taking the slowly-climbing dirt path that winds its way around the mountain. The views as you climb are more and more impressive, especially when catching glimpses of hot air balloons in the distance, but the throng of people standing in line to access the top of the temple is not what we expected! There is a limited number of people allowed up at any given time, and the hope of us getting up there to see that last glimmering rays of the sun is slim at best. Every terrace and bench and area with a somewhat unobstructed view of the sunset is teeming with people, cameras at the ready. I like a good sunset as much as the next person, but not like this. We watch is happen as we descend back down the mountain.

Conclusion: The hike is good, the views better, but if you are coming for the sunset, come EARLY!
Written 2 June 2020
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada5,082 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We hired a guide months before actually arriving in Siem Reap and WOW did it pay off. Plus it was a great price for just the 2 of us to be gone 10+ hours. We were doing 2 circuits in one day. Ya we are a bit crazy but we did not have much time in Siem Reap. I chatted with Virak Kao to book the prefect trip for us. He was a delight to deal with.

Our Tour Guide Mr. Khemarin picked us up at our hotel managed to keep away from the crowds almost the day. I was shocked how quiet most places were. We decide to skip the sunrise over Angkor Wat and go straight up the Mountain to Bakheng Hill temple. So glad we did. It was so quiet and peaceful. Plus it was about a 15min hike up and honestly, I did not want to do that later in the day when it is much hotter out. We spent about 30mins on the top before taking the elephant trail back down. The Elephant Trail is much shorter routine but a little more steep and rocky. But we enjoyed it!

The temple and grounds were lovely. The view over the jungle is incredible. You can even see the top of Angkor Wat!
If you have the time you should really make your way up to this Temple.

Mr. Khemarin was the prefect guide for us. He was so knowledgeable and shared stories of life in Cambodia. Also, he was a great photographer! So creative!

Don't forget to have your shoulders and knees covered!
Written 20 May 2020
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