Pol Pot Baray

A lake dug by hand

Photo of Pol Pot Baray, , Banteay Chhmar

What we say: 3.5 stars

Dug by hand during under the forceful direction of the Khmer Rouge, the picturesque baray is now an essential resource for the local population, used for fishing, bathing, rice production and as a general source of water. The only sounds you’ll hear in such a rural setting are the songs of exotic birds; ironic that something with such a brutal history behind it can be so beautiful. Just three kilometres to the north of Banteay Chhmar, the baray is reachable by moto or you could cycle here.

Last updated: 9th September, 2015

About the author:
Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.
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