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Bakheng Hill at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Siem Reap Bakheng Hill
Bakheng Hill is located just opposite the main Angkor Wat temple here in Siem Reap. Usually this place is visited after everything else here and most tourist come here to see the famous Angkor Wat Sunset.

On my visit here in 2007, I saw elephants being used to ferry people at the entrance area. You are bound to see this as you head to the hill. These elephant rides were conducted by well trained elephants and keeping the tourist very happy. Did I try it? Nope.

Photo of Bakheng Hill Heading to Bakheng Hill

Bakheng Hill Sunset 

To view the sunset at Bakheng Hill, you start with a good old trek for about 500-700 meters uphill as seen in the picture above.

Again, take your time and go early instead of racing there the last minute. There will be lots of pot holes along the way up so be careful and wear some good trekking shoes.

Bakheng Hill TrekkingClimbing Bakheng hill to view the sunset

A reminder that this place is not a romantic place to bring your wife or girlfriend to view the sunset as there will be thousands of tourist cramming the viewing spot.

So, if you are not into sunsets, you should just give this place a miss. However if you enjoy taking pictures, then it would be alright to venture up here.

But then again, if you see the sky being very hazy, just forget this trip. I've searched google for some Bakheng Hill Sunsets and there are not many successful ones.

Siem Reap Bakheng Hill Dissapointed tourist leaving Bakheng Hill

In our case, we made it all the way up to Bakheng Hill but only to be dissapointed with the weather on that day. It was a very cloudy day while there was absolutely no sun in the sunset here.

So, it was just a trip up there watching sweaty foreign tourists, getting a good workout on the legs and not forgetting the extra loud mainland China tourist.

Well, if you are adventurous enough, you should try this place in the mornings as it is much more peaceful and quiet. There is another temple here which is great for some photography of Angkor Wat. 
I need to really make another trip back here again even if it is for just 2-3 days. Last I heard from a friend who visited this place in July 2010, much has changed while prices have increased.

The tour buses have conquered the area with mainstream tourism while they laid metal staircases to climb up the Angkor Wat Temple. I only hope they did not do much changes here at Bakheng Hill at Angkor Wat, Cambodia.


Traveling Ted said...

Since I viewed the Angkor sunrise, I felt I did not need to visit here for the sunset. Instead I went during the middle of the day and had this beautiful temple virtually to myself.

Malaysia Asia said...

Ted, you're spot on in doing that. Avoiding the crowd. It was crazy and seriously I wonder how it is now.

Christina said...

David, thanks for these tips. I've never been to Cambodia, but I am planning on going at one point, and I've always wanted to go to Angkor Wat. It's good to know when to go and when not :)

Malaysia Asia said...

Christina, thanks and I believe there have been much changes in the last 2-3 years. Therefore, I too need to re-visit Angkor Wat again, hopefully somewhere this year too. Maybe we'll bump into each other there?

maria said...

I watched the Sunrise from this wonderful Temple (in march2010), and yes it was corwed, but yes it was worth the experience!!!

Malaysia Asia said...

Hi Maria, glad you got a chance to see the sunset in Cambodia. I now need to make another trip here actually catch it.