We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: west of Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description:

A giant reservoir constructed during the Khmer Empire, measuring 8km long...

A giant reservoir constructed during the Khmer Empire, measuring 8km long by 2.1km wide (or almost 2,300 Wembley Stadium football pitches). Its purpose at the time it was constructed is still not clear, and the original hypothesis, that it was used for irrigation, no longer holds much water. In the centre, is an island with the West Mebon temple. A great spot for walks, or a short boat ride out to the island. You can also hire hammocks for about a dollar, and picnic on the freshly prepared food sold from about a dozen stalls.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$65.00*
and up
Bike tour in Siem Reap countryside
More Info
US$130.00*
and up
Siem Reap Countryside Bike and Kayak Day Trip

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 63 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 12
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Great place to spend a day off!

Great place to spend a day off! I spent a Sunday afternoon with two of my local friends! Comfortable hammock bar with local food! The place is really characteristic where locals... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2016
Galeazzi M
,
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Add Photo Write a Review

63 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 47: English reviews
Newdelhi india
Level Contributor
862 reviews
672 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 780 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

West Baray is a man made water reservoir constructed about 600 years back for the water needs for the Angkor inhabitants.Many locals come for a swim & as a family picnic spot but for a tourist there are many better places to relax in town. Lots of hammocks along the lake beach which one can take to lie down for... More 

Helpful?
Thank MARGDARSHI
Carrickmacross, Ireland
Level Contributor
104 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

We took a boat out to the reconstruction of the temple in the middle of Baray lake. Its being funded by German Monet but with local expertise also. It is being reconstructed and it will something to see in future when finished

Helpful?
Thank Dave P
Shanghai, China
Level Contributor
119 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

This massive lake was man made about 1000 years ago. An impressive lake of water. I was intrigued by the hammocks available for the leisure seekers along the shore

Helpful?
Thank Chris P
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Great place to spend a day off! I spent a Sunday afternoon with two of my local friends! Comfortable hammock bar with local food! The place is really characteristic where locals jump and swim on the lake and having their lunch with the family.

Helpful?
Thank Galeazzi M
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 27 September 2016

This is a greet place for swimming and relax time with lunch and dinner. Nice food with grilled chicken, frog and fish. On high water is nice view.

Helpful?
Thank sounbunsin61
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

When I was a little boy, I was impressed by the size of the lake and the beauty of the beach. 20 years later, it looks like an abandoned place. Not much water as before. Nothing to do unless you want to tast local food. However, don't try to get sick. Local community needs to do something to improve the... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Nouhin
Pilsen, Czech Republic
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

About 20mins from the centre. Good place to relax, rent a hummock, get a beer or eat fish/frogs and other street food. Water is muddy and smells fishy so we didn't go in. Most people are locals. No one was paying too much attention to us.

Helpful?
1 Thank AdelPilsen
Level Contributor
50 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

Really nothing to see unless you are going to be here a long time. Maybe you can imagine what it was like centuries ago when it was a working baray.

Helpful?
Thank charlesg330
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level Contributor
499 reviews
370 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2016

West Baray lake, is what the locals have close to beach, Rows and rows of Hammocks are being erected along the lakeside on the sand with a tarp. Local come here during afternoon till the sunset for picnic and swim. This would truly be an experience where you can see ow locals have fun with their family. Go and hang... More 

Helpful?
Thank Shahul Hameed S
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level Contributor
17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2016

A really quiet place and relatively clean, making it good for an afternoon break. I am told that it is famous among local tourists, and this is visible through the long stretch of stalls selling everything that could go on a barbecue... corn, sweet potatoes, chicken, ducks, all sorts of fish, seafood… not forgetting the snakes, various insects, frogs and... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Aniza Intan N

Travellers who viewed West Baray Lake also viewed

Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province
Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province
 
Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province
Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
 

Been to West Baray Lake? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of West Baray Lake and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from West Baray Lake staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?