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Banteay Chhmar

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  • Banteay Chhmar temple
    4.5 stars

    Banteay Chhmar means Temple of Cats, but it is unclear why it was so named. Built in the late 12th century during the reign of Jayavarman VII, who dedicated it to his eldest son (who had perished fighting the Chams). it is the fourth largest temple in modern-day Cambodia after Preah Khan (in ... read more

  • Banteay Top
    4 stars

    Expect a lot of attention from curious locals as they rarely see Western tourists. Expect stunning golden rice fields, simple wooden houses, and picturesque scenery along the way. Interestingly, one tower at Banteay Top has a tree growing out of its peak. The temple and surrounding areas are ... read more

  • Prasat Samnang Tasok
    3.5 stars

    You'll cross a small stream by means of a wooden makeshift bridge that looks like it could crack at any moment. Unlike many of the temples surrounding Banteay Chhmar, Prasat Samnang Tasok is in relatively good condition with visible Bayon-style towers and ancient carvings. With its peaceful ... read more

  • Pol Pot Baray
    3.5 stars

    In addition to being picturesque, the lake is vital to the locals 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. ... read more

  • Silk-weaving centre
    3.5 stars

    The centre employs 70 locals and an English-speaking guide will give you a tour of the entire operation from the beginning of the manufacturing process to the end. At the end of your tour you'll be presented with a collection of items available for sale, at which point you'll probably feel inclined ... read more

  • Other satellite temples
    3.5 stars

    If you're an ancient temple enthusiast, you might find visiting some of them to be quite an adventure (though stay on marked paths as landmines might be present). When we tried, Prasat Chinchem Trey was out of the question because the road was flooded, Prasat Yeay Chou was surrounded by such thick ... read more


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