Photo: Classic Khmer artistry.

Things to see and do

Banteay Chhmar temple
Banteay Chhmar

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 programme for $10, and we thoroughly recommend doing ... Read more about Banteay Chhmar temple .

Banteay Top

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 ... Read more about Banteay Top .

Pol Pot Baray

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 birds; ironic that something with such a brutal history behind it can be so beautiful. Just three ... Read more about Pol Pot Baray .

Silk-weaving centre

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 spun, dyed and woven here. The scarves and other accessories can be bought at the workshop -- they ... Read more about Silk-weaving centre .

Satellite temples

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 Chhmar presents a tranquil scene. Set within a sacred lake, which is a meadow during the dry ... Read more about Satellite temples .

Community Based Tourism activities

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 set aside at the beginning of the rice harvest to be specially prepared for consumption during ... Read more about Community Based Tourism activities .

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Banteay Chhmar? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Cambodia.

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