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Explore the Ancient Ruins of Banteay Chhmar

September 9, 2010 by Khiri Travel |

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Khiri Travel launches a homestay programme to the rarely visited ruins of Banteay Chhmar in western Cambodia.

The temple ruins of Banteay Chhmar cover 12 square kilometres of remote western Cambodia, an area larger than the temples in and around Angkor.

The vast complex of Banteay Chhmar was the religious centre of a Khmer settlement. Little is known about its origins but construction seemingly began in the 12th century.

The ruins today are in state of collapse and invaded by the ever-encroaching forest, making exploration a real adventure.

The Global Heritage Fund is leading a major effort to preserve Banteay Chhmar for future generations. The site is among Cambodia’s top-listed locations for nomination to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

This unique homestay programme will enable you to explore this great Khmer architectural masterpiece and enjoy the hospitality of the people of Cambodia.

Below is a sample programme that starts and ends in Siem Reap. Banteay Chhmar can also be conveniently visited on a two-day/one night overland trip starting in Bangkok and ending in Siem Reap or vice versa.

Day 1 – Siem Reap – Banteay Chhmar

Meals: L D

Your guide and driver pick you up at your hotel in Siem Reap. Drive to Krolanh where we will turn right and follow the road to Samrong. We pass a beautiful ancient Angkorian bridge, Spean Sreng, along the way. Continue to Banteay Chhmar. After arrival you will enjoy a delicious Cambodian lunch and settle in your homestay. Meet your hosts for the night.

In the afternoon you will explore the temple ruins of Banteay Chhmar on foot.

After this you can make a relaxing oxcart ride and visit a silk weaving centre as well as a vegetable garden. Return to your homestay.

Dinner will be served close to the temple, romantically lit by torches (when the weather permits).

Overnight in a village homestay.

Day 2 – Banteay Chhmar – Siem Reap

Meals: B L

Breakfast in your homestay followed by a walk to the local market. You will get on a Koyun, a local motorized vehicle, and travel to Banteay Top through a typical rural Cambodian landscape with oxcarts, buffaloes and villagers working the fields. Visit the small sanctuary Banteay Top where we will have a picnic lunch. Return to Banteay Chhmar.

Pick up your luggage and drive back to Sisopon and onwards to Siem Reap. Drop off at your hotel in Siem Reap.

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