Hundreds of endearing fruit bats hanging on tree branches make Wat Baydamram a very unique sight to behold.
Each temple in Battambang has its own uniqueness. For Wat Baydamram, it is due to the fact that the temple is an enormous Bodhi tree, making it home to many fruit bats. These bats are under the protection of the monks who live there.
Wat Baydamram is about 15 kilometres south of Battambang city.
Opening Days and Hours
Wat Baydamram opens daily from 07:00 to 19:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
It is free to enter the temple.
How to Get There
The most convenient way to get to Wat Baydamram is by catching a tuk-tuk or motoride from Battambang city.
The temple is great for anyone who wants to see a unique temple including small groups of friends, families with kids, backpackers, couples, and seniors.
Time to Spend
Most people spend about 2 hours exploring the temple grounds.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
As this temple is not very well-known amongst international visitors, it almost never gets crowded. The best time to visit is at sunset when the bats are active.
A few food stalls are available that sell refreshments nearby. A must-try is the shaved ice with different jellies.
You may want to visit Prassat Banan Vineyard, 10 minutes away by tuk-tuk, for wine tasting, and Wat Ek Phnom, which is about 15 minutes away by tuk-tuk.
Battambang offers a wide choice of accommodation options, such as budget guesthouses. Another option is to ask the monks if you can join them for one night to experience their highly disciplined lifestyle at the monastery.
Good to Know
If you want to get close to the tree where the bats live, you should bring an umbrella to shield you from any bat droppings.