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Banteay Chhmar

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  • Banteay Chhmar temple
    4.5 stars

    For so long lost in the forests, scarcely known to even those who lived nearby, the immense temple complex of Banteay Chhmar is a must for adventurous souls who love the beautiful things in life. You can hire a local guide from the Community Based Tourism ... read more

  • Banteay Top
    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 ... read more

  • Pol Pot Baray
    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 ... read more

  • Silk-weaving centre
    3.5 stars

    Soieries du Mekong was set up in 2001 to provide local employment in order to stem the tide of rural exodus. Its principal aim is to support local women, though men are also among the 100 locals who are now employed in the production of beautiful, richly coloured silk scarves and kramas that are ... read more

  • Satellite temples
    3.5 stars

    There are nine satellite temples surrounding Banteay Chhmar in total, though you’ll need a guide to find them as they’re unsignposted, on difficult to follow trails and surrounded by jungle. If you’re on your own though, these two are easily found. Prasat Ta Prohm to the south of Banteay ... read more

  • Community Based Tourism activities
    4 stars

    The CBT programme has a number of activities that you can take part in such as enjoying locally-prepared meals within the temple grounds, or taking a cooking class. Alternatively, take a trip around the local village on an oxcart, or kuyon (tractor), or take part in rice flattening, where rice is ... read more

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