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Banteay Chhmar is a fascinating 12th and 13th century temple which, unusually, features heads of... read more

Reviewed April 5, 2018
Sue B
Wirral, United Kingdom
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Living a Childhood Dream!

As a child a dreamed of walking in the woods and discovering a long, lost temple. It took 60... read more

Reviewed March 14, 2018
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Banteay Chhmar (the “Citadel of the Cat”) has been called the "second Angkor Wat” and was constructed by King Jayavarman VII, who also built Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and Preah Khan. This remote and vast site is currently under restoration and visitors...more
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Nr56, Banteay Chhmar, Cambodia
+855 97 516 5533
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Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

Banteay Chhmar is a fascinating 12th and 13th century temple which, unusually, features heads of the Buddhist deity Avalokiteshvaras. The site is largely unrestored, due to the huge number of fallen stones on the site, but walls, corridors, temples and other buildings can be seen,...More

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Reviewed March 14, 2018

As a child a dreamed of walking in the woods and discovering a long, lost temple. It took 60 years, but that dream came real! I wondered through the huge, temple ruins and discovered hidden faces and elegant carvings. I stuck my head in every...More

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Sophal T, General Manager at Banteay Chhmar, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2018

Thank you very much for your mentioned our CBT and Banteay Chhmar temple site. Best regards, Sophal

Reviewed March 5, 2018

Check out the CBT. Wanted to go to Banteay Chhmar, plus other remote sights and organized my trip through the CBT. The main point being is that benefits go to the community rather than a business owner. Banteay is enchanting, and reminds me of the...More

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Reviewed January 28, 2018

The Banteay Chhmar temple complex was as large as Angkor Wat and constructed by the same ruler who built the Bayon temple in Angkor Tohm. The reliefs were some of the loveliest we saw on our trip. Much of the temple is in ruins and...More

1  Thank fleurdelacorte
Reviewed January 24, 2018

My wife and I recently visited Banteay Chmmar for three days and two nights. We were hosted by the Community Based Tourism program. I can't say enough good things about the experience. We spent two nights in the traditional Khmer home of Mr. Savit Sarin...More

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Sophal T, Manager at Banteay Chhmar, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2018

Thank you very much Jonh, for your mentions our project the Banteay Chhmar CBT, Thanks, Sophal

Reviewed January 5, 2018 via mobile

We came to Banteay Chhmar with our 12 and 10 dinner yo boys. The temples were amazing, we had then all to ourselves. Our local guide was great. Meals at the community office were great. Highlight was being part of the homestay,and the ocart ride...More

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Reviewed December 28, 2017 via mobile

It’s two hours north west of Siem Reap in a very rural province. No crowds. Very quiet. Very amazing bas relief sculptures on walls. Very authentic experience. Wear closed toe shoes because you’ll be climbing.

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Reviewed December 23, 2017

Our travel agent with Exotic Voyages arranged this trip for us. I was skeptical about taking the car ride and missing out on other things to do in Siem Reap. This was well worth the trip, and they made sure we saw everything in Siem...More

Thank Ruths4
Reviewed October 6, 2017 via mobile

I inspired by picture book bought when visiting National angor museum in Siem reap. I decided to visit this grandeur temple complex in Ocyober , end of rainy season again with 6 persons in my company. The website of global heritagefund UK provided the ingormation...More

1  Thank jajavalB
Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

Similar in style to Angkor Wat, it is a little smaller but much less crowded. The main temple has a giant mural and some Bayon heads. There are satellite temples in the cardinal directions. They can be difficult to find (look on Google maps) but...More

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Zuzanna S
December 26, 2017|
Response from jajavalB | Reviewed this property |
From bangkok to poipet , there are many vans operating with very good condition road but you have to hire taci from Poipet to Banteay chmar via sisophon. Transportation in Cambodia to Banteay Chmar can be arranged by CBT... More
Sreyroth L
March 3, 2015|
Response from Andrew M | Property representative |
Banteay Chhmar Temple is a very large temple complex. The temple is mostly collapsed and in its natural condition after 800 years. There are nine, smaller satellite temples around the main complex. Three of these temples... More