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Phnom Bakheng
Phnom Bakheng

Phnom Bakheng

Daily 5am-6pm
Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The basics

Entrance to Bakheng (and Phnom Bakheng) is included when you book an Angkor Pass. Passes vary in duration—such as 1-day, 3-day, or 7-day options, depending on how long you will be staying in Siem Reap. Most Phnom Bakheng tours visit for sunset, which can mean arriving in mid-afternoon as numbers are limited. The views over Angkor Wat, under 1-mile (1.5-kilometers) away, are spectacular, and one popular one-day tour option begins with sunrise at Angkor Wat, visits Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm, and wraps up with sunset from Phnom Bakheng.

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2-Day Angkor Wat Small, Big Circuit and Banteay Srei Tour
2-Day Angkor Wat Small, Big Circuit and Banteay Srei Tour
$127.00 per adult
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So easy, fun and great to see to many temples it really took the stress out of us having to organise it and know which temples were best to see etc. Guide was so knowledgeable and gave a real insight into the history and life in Cambodia !
jameshowse9, Jan 2020

Things to know before you go

  • Phnom Bakheng is a great choice for photographers and Instagrammers.

  • Bring a long lens if you want to capture detailed shots of Angkor Wat.

  • Phnom Bakheng is not wheelchair-accessible.
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How to get there

Phnom Bakheng is about a 5-mile (8-kilometer) drive north of downtown Siem Reap, about 1 mile (1.5 kilometers) north of the Angkor Wat temple complex. There’s no public transport in Siem Reap and car hire is expensive, so most travelers join a tour or hire a private driver.

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Trip ideas

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When to get there

Phnom Bakheng typically opens early, in plenty of time for sunrise, and closes soon after sunset. Sunsets are extremely popular and numbers are limited, so some travelers opt to enjoy the views at sunrise. Morning, after sunrise, is a beautiful and peaceful time to visit.

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The Many Towers of Phnom Bakheng

Yasovarman I built Phnom Bakheng to reflect Hindu beliefs about the universe. The seven levels of Phnom Bakheng represent the seven Hindu heavens, while there are a total of 108 towers around and below the central sanctuary on the top level—108 is a sacred number in Hinduism. Five levels of the temple have 12 towers each, which likely represent the zodiac.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Phnom Bakheng?
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What else should I know about attractions in Angkor Wat?
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As well as visiting the Phnom Bakheng, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: