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.
By Nicky Sullivan
Last updated on 9th September, 2015.