Wat Banan Temple
A solitary environment and scenic view make the hike up Wat Banan totally worth it.
Located on top of a hill with about 400 steep steps, Wat Banan is a temple ruin that features mid 11th to 12th-century architecture in Battambang. Although it is not as famous nor majestic as Angkor Wat, the ruins of Wat Banan is still impressive and is said to be a prototype of Angkor Wat. The Magic Cave can also be found nearby, where legend has it that if a golden drop from the cave falls on your head, you will be blessed with the knowledge of the past, present, and future.
Wat Banan is at Kon Tey 2 commune, Ba Nan District, about 22 kilometres from Battambang town.
Opening Days and Hours
Wat Banan opens daily from 07:00 to 19:00 7.00. However, it is advisable to allot sufficient time for ascending and descending the flight of stairs before it gets dark.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to Wat Banan costs USD 2 per person.
How to Get There
The most convenient way to get to Wat Banan is via a tuk-tuk or motoride from Battambang city.
The attraction is best suited for people who are physically fit as you will need to hike up many steps. Most visitors to Wat Banan are small groups of friends, young couples, and backpackers.
Time to Spend
Most people spend about 2 to 3 hours exploring the site.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Wat Banan is not very well-known to international tourists, hence, it is never very crowded. The best time to visit is early in the morning before the temperature gets unbearably hot in the afternoon.
Food options are limited here, as there are only two or three stalls selling refreshments nearby.
You may want to visit Prassat Banan Vineyard for some wine tasting (10 minutes away via tuk-tuk) or Phnom Sampeau which is about a 15-minute tuk-tuk ride away.
Battambang offers a wide choice of accommodation options, including budget guesthouses.
Good to Know
Bring ample water and insect repellant. Some visitors also bring along isotonic drinks and energy bars to help replenish their energy while going up the stairs.