Banteay Chhmar
Banteay Chhmar
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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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Steven Phich
Cambodia510 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Banteay Chhmar temple, the fourth largest temple complex in Cambodia and one of the biggest in the world, is a remarkable historical site. Commissioned by King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century, this temple complex holds immense cultural and architectural significance. However, due to its abandonment in nature for 800 years, it has suffered considerable damage, with only 10 towers and a few face towers still standing.

During my visit with my family in the dry season, the lack of greenery made the surroundings appear a bit dull. However, I can imagine that during the rainy season, the temple complex would be even more breathtaking with lush greenery.

Overall, Banteay Chhmar temple is a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and those interested in exploring ancient architecture. Despite the damages it has endured over the centuries, the remaining towers showcase the grandeur of its past. I recommend visiting during the rainy season to fully appreciate the beauty that nature adds to this magnificent site.
Written 9 February 2024
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Cornelia Lüthy
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Beautiful stay at Keuon Sreymom Homestay with Soh Peng and his family. Great food and locations for dinner, nice privat bedroom with fan and moskito net.
Written 19 December 2023
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CocoClem
Manchester, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We organised our visit through CBT (Banteay Chmaar Community Based Tourism) and it was one of the highlights of our Cambodia trip. We had a night in a homestay with a local family, visits to 2 temples, a tour round the village in an oxcart, a tractor ride through the cassava fields and a wonderful concert from a local band. It was such a privilege to get a glimpse of life here, so very different from our own. Our guide Aool was patient and generous in sharing his incredible life story with us. We thoroughly recommend this tour with CBT - all booked by email from home. They also arranged our travel from Battambang & back to Siem Reap with their delightful driver, Bunlo.
Written 22 November 2023
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Pining_ex_londoner
Appleton le Moors, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Our trip was organised by the Community Based Tourism organisation. It included 2 guided visits to temple complexes; lunch, dinner and breakfast cooked by the villagers; staying in a village home, a private concert under the stars. Oh and rides on an ox cart, Cambodian tractor and visit to a silk weaving project.
The welcome was genuinely warm, and we learned a lot. This initiative deserves to be better known. A great addition to the more standard phnom penh/siem reap circuit.
Written 14 November 2023
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tomsterBelgium
Belgium62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
After almost 1 month in Cambodia, this was our last stop. And it was one to never forget.
Everything was well arranged via the Community Based Tourism (using WhatsApp).
The village of Banteay Chhmar is very authentic for rural Cambodia, with super friendly and welcoming people. The homestay was a unique opportunity to live in a typical Khmer house (including the high temperature due to weather condition), with the locals.
Food was always prepared by the CBT.
Transport and tours were also easy to arrange and at fair price.
I highly recommend to visit this region and its temples to get a true Cambodia experience!
Written 13 April 2023
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Beth Hope-Cleverly
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We spent a night at a home stay with the Banteay Chhmar CBT and had a guided visit to their local temple and also a tour to two remote temples on the border with Thailand. The home stay was very comfortable; there was a socket near the bed, WiFi and the family were very welcoming. Vegetarian meals were tasty and freshly cooked. The transfers from Battambang and to Siem Reap were also taken care of with efficiency and smiles. Profits are used on initiatives to benefit the whole community. A unique and memorable experience, highly recommend.
Written 30 January 2023
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Ollsbolls61
Wollongong, Australia25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We took the opportunity to visit this quiet village with it's amazing temple complex. Also to stay with a lovely local family who are part of the local Community Based Tourism (CBT). Our host family were Mr Sopheng and his wife, Khoeun Sreymom. Mr Sopheng also acted as our guide on a day trip to some amazing temples right on the Thai border (complete with Cambodian and Thai border guards)!.
Food was prepared at the homestay and was delicious. Our host worked with our request for vegetarian food. It was excellent.
The homestay was in the village and there were plenty of hellos and waves from the friendly locals.
Our rooms were clean and comfortable and a fan was enough to keep us cool.
Importantly all money spent goes into the local community.
I cannot recommend this too highly. Great for a 1-3 night getaway.
There are a number of activities that you can get involved in.
If you can test yourself away from the big centres this is a really authentic experience. Give yourself a day to slow down to the local pace.
An amazing two days!
Written 4 October 2022
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EGLO
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We visited Banteay Chhmar with the local Community Tourist Organisation.
Incredibly well organised, we were picked up from our hotel in Siem Reap by our guide and driven to our homestay in Banteay Chhmar with interesting conversations on the way about rice production in Cambodia, the current political situation, the economic problems post Covid etc.
Our homestay was in a lovely all wooden building with a joyful smiling Grandma and a daughter in law who spoke a little bit of English. Basic accomodation but very welcoming.
Tours of 3 different temples, Banteay Chhmar being the most impressive, a magical dinner under a waning moon looking at the BC temple, serenaded by a local band playing traditional instruments, a tour of the local market, an ox cart ride, a visit to the local silk factory and all meals (delicious) all provided by the tourist organisation.
One of the best experiences we have ever had in SE Asia (this is our third extended trip).
Be sure to take plenty of small currency with you for tips.
Highly recommended.
Written 9 July 2022
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tianabeana
Singapore, Singapore20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Amazing experience! I recommend visiting Banteay Chhmar for two nights, and staying at a homestay organised by the community-based tourism programme. They can arrange transport from Battambang (3 hours drive) or Siem Reap (3.5 hours drive). We did a circuit of Siem Reap-Battambang-Banteay Chhmar-Siem Reap over 9 days, and would recommend that itinerary if you feel in the mood for exploration.

The homestay we stayed at was in a beautiful wooden house, and our homestay mum cooked delicious and hearty Khmer cuisine and was very friendly and kind to us. The community-based tourism programme is organised and run by the people of Banteay Chhmar, and so benefits the local community, and for the traveller, provides a rare glimpse of traditional life in the Cambodian countryside.

Our first night we enjoyed the traditional music performance, which was something very special, and the next day, the village tour gave us the opportunity to see the variety of produce cultivated in the region, visit the silk weaving workshop, as well as see some beautiful outlying temples. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful in sharing with us an insider perspective of life in Banteay Chhmar.

The main temple complex of Banteay Chhmar is mystical and memorable, with dramatic bas reliefs of the battles between the Khmer and the Cham. Whereas at Angkor Wat and Bayon, the Buddhist images have been chiselled away under subsequent Hindu rulers, Banteay Chhmar holds rare and beautiful sculptures of the Avalokiteshvara. The many face-towers, deep vegetation, and remote location give a sense of mystery.

As a practical recommendation, make sure to bring sufficient cash to make payment as well as for tips, including small bills (< USD$5 bills or equivalent in Cambodian riels). Also, if travelling in the dry season, make sure to carry and drink plenty of water (about 1L per person). For the adventurous traveller who is keen to go off the beaten track, a visit to Banteay Chhmar can be the highlight of your trip!
Written 13 March 2022
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Adrian M
Phnom Penh, Cambodia12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We booked 2 nights in a lovely homestay through the Banteay Chhmar Community based Tourism Organisation (CBT). Communication (E-Mail and phone) and support was excellent. We got picked up by taxi in Siem Reap and brought to the guest family. We had a very interesting tour through the Temple and a visit to a Khmer Loeu Village by motorbike. We enjoyed experiencing live in a small Cambodian village with friendly people including very tasty Khmer food. Very nice and interesting experience!
Written 25 December 2021
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