BANTEAY CHHMAR CTC-BC-01
Tour Code: CTC-BC-01
Drive by "pajero" (4x4 landrover) 160 km northeastwards via the city of Sisophon to the huge Banteay Chhmar temple complex.
Study the fantastic bas reliefs with scenes depicting historic battles against the Chams.
The reliefs are very beautiful in the late afternoon, with the best sunlight.
The reliefs of "thousand armed" Bodhisattva Akalokiteshvara are world famous and can only be found "in situ" in Banteay Chhmar!
These highlights deserve to be visited and complete your Cambodian experience!
In the late afternoon, visit nearby Banteay Thorp, set admist rice paddies.
Read what one of our clients writes: ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
► Trip to Banteay Chhmar:
Dear Mr. Meng, We had an excellent trip - Mr. Pheap was reliable, helpful and courteous, and drove very safely - as he always does. He also seems to know the Banteay Chhmar & Battambang area well. While Banteay Chhmar is a ruin rather than a complete building, it is still a large, explorable site with many superb carvings on the outer walls. I'd say the carvings are as good as you will find at Angkor Wat. There's plenty of adventurous climbing to be done over the fallen stones in the interior of the site - reminded me of Beng Malea. It is also located within a forest, so has a pleasant, green environment. We also visited Banteay Top, a short distance from Banteay Chhmar - it's a much smaller, mostly ruined but very atmospheric Angkor temple and a place where you are almost guaranteed to be the only visitor. There's a tree growing out of the top of one tower that is around 40 metres high - very good for photographs! The road from Siem Reap to Sisophon is good, but the road from Sisophon to Banteay Chhmar is a dirt road, quite badly rutted in parts. It takes at least 2 hours to travel from Sisophon to Banteay Chhmar. I think driving it in a normal car would be difficult. Battambang is a large, fairly quiet town - not much happens after 7 p.m. It does have a large river running through the centre, with some nice colonial buildings on either side. The Governor's residence is especially worth seeing. In the surrounding area are a winery, more Angkorian temples (at Phnom Banan) and some excellent hilltop viewpoints. All of the roads that we travelled on in the Battambang area were good. We look forward to booking our next trip with you and Mr. Pheap soon! Jonathan
Accomodation is not included, as this is only a daytour.