Bakheng Hill (Phnom Bakheng)

Located 400 meters south of Angkor Thom, Bakheng Hill is a popular tourist spot to view the sunset of Angkor Wat.

To view the sunset you have to trek about 500 or more meters upwards (or rent an elephant for the ride), so wear comfortable shoes for the climbing. Along the way, you'll be greeted by traditional music by local bands. Usually, in good weather, you can get a fantastic sight of Angkor Wat for photography. The golden hues of the setting sun on this vista and the panoramic view of Angkor are an unforgettable sight.

On top of the hill, there is a temple ruins Phnom Bakheng constructed at the end of the 9th century and dedicated to Shiva, the Great God. The temple is a pyramid-like construction with six tires, representing Meru Mountain, home to many Hindu gods. From the hilltop location, you can also catch a view of the Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.

Only a couple of people are allowed to stay here long for conservation concerns, that's why we suggest an early start. You could try a sunrise here as well to escape the crowds of tourists. Other highlights in Siem Reap are Banteay Srei, Ta Keo and Prasat Kravan.

Since Cambodia is bordered by Vietnam, it's suggested to see them at one time. Sample this 14-Day Best of Vietnam& Cambodia Tour.

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