Banteay Top

Banteay Chhmar's fortress

Photo of Banteay Top, , Banteay Chhmar

What we say: 4 stars

Banteay Top is a secluded, ruined temple beside a very pretty village and large pond to the south of the Banteay Chhmar complex. About five kilometres southeast of Banteay Chhmar, turn left when you see the carved gateway that signifies a pagoda, the follow the road until you reach a village and then continue along a beautifully scenic causeway overlooking a large pond. Banteay Top is along here down a road to the right. The temple has five large sanctuaries that look incredibly fragile despite their size. The temple doesn’t look large, but satellite images show it at the centre of an area 800 metres long and 500 metres wide. It’s probably not such a good idea to go clambering within the temple confines -- it's all very precarious -- but you can still get some lovely shots from the sidelines.

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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