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Banteay Chhmar and Banteay Torp 1D
Tour Duration: day tour.
Tour Operates: all year round / on demand.
Number of Pax: upon the size of your private party (private tour only).
Tour Price: available upon request.

Pick-up location: available upon request.
- a hotel in Siem Reap.
- upon arrival in Siem Reap airport.
- upon arrival in Siem Reap bus station.
- upon arrival in boat pier in Chong Kneah floating village.
- any residences in Siem Reap.
Pick-up time: available upon request.

Drop-off at your available location:
- a hotel in Siem Reap.
- Siem Reap airport.
- Siem Reap bus station.
- pier for speed boat in Chong Kneah, Tonle Sap Great Lake.
- any residences in Siem Reap.
Drop-off time: available upon request.

The temple complex of Banteay Chhmar was constructed by Cambodia’s most prolific builder, Jayavarman VII (reign 1181–1219), on the site of a 9th-century temple. There is debate over its origins, with some scholars suggesting it was built in tribute to Jayavarman VII’s son Indravarman and the Cambodian generals responsible for defeating the Chams, while others propose it was intended as a funerary temple for the king’s grandmother.

Originally enclosed by a 9km-long wall, the temple housed one of the largest and most impressive Buddhist monasteries of the Angkorian period. Today, it is one of the few temples to feature the enigmatic, Bayon-style visages of Avalokiteshvara, with their mysterious – and world famous – smiles.

On the temple’s east side, a huge bas-relief on a partly-toppled wall dramatically depicts naval warfare between the Khmers (on the left) and the Chams (on the right), with the dead – some being devoured by crocodiles – at the bottom. Further south (to the left) are scenes of land warfare with infantry and elephants. There are more martial bas-reliefs along the exterior of the temple’s south walls.

The once-grand entry gallery is now a jumble of fallen sandstone blocks, though elsewhere a few intersecting galleries have withstood the ravages of time, as have some almost-hidden 12th-century inscriptions. All the remaining apsaras (nymphs) have been decapitated by looters.

Banteay Chhmar was deservedly renowned for its intricate carvings, including scenes of daily life in the Angkorian period similar to those at Bayon. Unique to Banteay Chhmar was a sequence of eight multi-armed Avalokiteshvaras on the outside of the southern section of the temple’s western ramparts, but six of these were hacked out and trucked into Thailand in a brazen act of looting in 1998. Still, the two that remain–one with 22arms, the other with 32 – are spectacular.

- (Fortress of the Army), set among rice paddies southeast of Banteay Chhmar, may only be a small temple but there’s something special about the atmosphere here. Constructed around the same time as Banteay Chhmar, it may be a tribute to the army of Jayavarman VII, which confirmed Khmer dominance over the region by conclusively defeating the Chams. One of the damaged towers looks decidedly precarious, like a bony finger pointing skyward. The turn-off from NH69, marked by a stone plinth with gold inscription, is 9km south of Banteay Chhmar.

It takes one day to visit those temples from Siem Reap.

In the morning, you will be met and welcomed by our English speaking guide, then pick up and take a drive along the naitonal road #6 for 100K westward to Sisophon downtown of Banteay Meanchey province, one hour drive. Take another road of Thmor Pouk district for 63K most likely one hour drive to get to Banteay Chhmar temple. The road is now paved smoothly from Siem Reap to Sisophon and dried dirt road from Sisophon to Banteay Chhmar temple and is safe. Enjoy the scenery landscape and simple lives a long the way.

You will spend time as much as you want to explore the temple.

Lunch at local restaurant.
Return to Siem Reap in late afternoon, then it's time for shopping at the Artisans d'Angkor, where you can observe young Cambodians being trained in the making of traditional crafts.

Return and drop off at your available location:

- a hotel in Siem Reap.
- Siem Reap airport.
- Siem Reap bus station.
- pier for speed boat in Chong Kneah, Tonle Sap Great Lake.
- any residences in Siem Reap.

- Guide fee + transportation fee = (upon request).

- Tours and transfers as mentioned in itinerary by private luxury air-condition vehicles.
- Local English speaking guides.

- Banteay Chmmar entrance ticket USD5 per pax.
- Accommodation, please contact us!
- Meals as mentioned in itinerary.
- Visa fees $30 (issued on arrival, please bring 1 photo passport size to visit your Cambodia visa), but it is free for Asian nation travelers.
- Drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips and expenditure of a personal nature.
- Personal travel insurance.
- Any services not mentioned in itinerary.

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