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Phnom Banan, Battambang

| 03 Apr 2013


Phnom Banan, Battambang
Around 20kms south of Battambang
US$4 - includes access to other temples in the Battambang area for 1 day.

Our rating
03 Apr 2013

Phnom Banan is an Angkorian ruin about 25 kilometres south of Battambang through scenic countryside along the Sangker River.

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Phnom Banan is one of two popularly visited Angkor era ruins not far from Battambang. The journey to the temple along the Sangker River through pretty rural scenery is a highlight of a visit.

The 11th century temple, consisting of 5 towers, is at the top of a small mountain and is accessed from an original staircase that covers the 105 metre climb.

The temple is modest and the design will be familiar to anyone that's visited the temples of Angkor at Siem Reap. The opportunity to see a temple without crowds makes outlying temples worth visiting. The views across Battambang province from Phnom Banan are also impressive.

Travel tips
Try and visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon for the best light. Wat Sampeou can easily be visited from Phnom Banan or vice versa. The 4 dollar entrance fee covers admission for a single day to Phnom Banan, Wat Sampeau and Ek Phnom.
Mark Bowyer
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