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Address: Cambodia
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+855 97 516 5533
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Banteay Chhmar (the “Citadel of the Cat”) has been called the "second...

Banteay Chhmar (the “Citadel of the Cat”) has been called the "second Angkor Wat” and was constructed by King Jayavarman VII, who also built Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and Preah Khan. This remote and vast site is currently under restoration and visitors find a stunning interplay of temple and jungle.

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Very few people visit this temple.

This temple is in terrible shape, which I loved. Felt very Indiana Jones/Laura Croft while exploring. The Banteay Chhmar Community-Based Tourism (CBT) group is very helpful and we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 January 2017
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New York City, New York

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New York City, New York
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

This temple is in terrible shape, which I loved. Felt very Indiana Jones/Laura Croft while exploring. The Banteay Chhmar Community-Based Tourism (CBT) group is very helpful and we loved the simple homestay with the Sril Som family.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

We only spent 24hrs hear although i suspect that is long enough. We were allocated to stay in a gorgeous wooden home. V simple with zero command of English. We kept our driver from Battambang who was taking us on to Siem Reap the following day ($110 for the whole journey) One of the best things here was visiting the... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

The jungle has encroached on this very large site which needs much more restoration. But it is this partially recovered quality which is so attractive. It is worth getting a guide (from the CBT Homestay Centre?) as the carvings on the walls need interpretation and you need to be shown particular features.

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Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Secluded location that sees few tourists at this point in time, and well worth the time and effort getting there. Best to stay overnight at one of the local home stays so you can visit in the cooler part of the late afternoon, get your bearings, then return again early the next morning for sunrise. No doubt that in a... More 

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Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I visited Banteay Chhmar temple December of 2015 , this temple was very good and so amazing, i saw a lot of bas-relief on the walls of this temple. I hope one day, i will go there again with my family or friends. I would recommend this temple for tourists.

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Alnwick, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

We stayed at the CBT homestay for 2 nights. We have 3 young children and it was a great experience showing them rural Cambodia. Temples were fantastic and did not see another tourist whole time we were there. Our guide took time to show us other sites, like how they fish in the local lake and also picked fruit off... More 

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London
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

It took two and a half hours by car to go from Siem Reap to Banteay Chhmar. The temple is very quiet and has almost no tourists around, but you have to be really fit and healthy to climb over hundreds of collapsed rocks on the floor inside the temple. Remember that if you suddenly fall and have an accident... More 

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Cambodia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Very good place for visit. and the environment is good! with good view. I like most about this temple was how quiet.I went by taxi and arrived about 10 AM

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Ghent, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016

we visited Banteay Chhmar, using a guide of the Banteay Chhmar community based tourism. The know a lot about the tempel and about the rural live. Most of the temple are ruins, but there are beautiful reliëfs, statues and carvings. You can make a totaly program or the organisation can do. It is very well organised.

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Dear Stephen, Thank you very much for your command at the TripAdvisor. I hope see you again in the future. Thanks, Sophal More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

I got to visit Banteay Chhmar temple as I was making a day visit to a village nearby, what I like most about this temple was how quiet it was, there were almost no other people visiting when I was there, so it was a very spiritual feeling, most of the temple has collapsed, but there has been some reconstruction... More 

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