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» Banteay Chhmar Guided Excursion 1d - 1 Day
(Tour Code: A1L)

Like Angkor Thom, the temple of Banteay Chhmar was accomplished during the reign of Jayavarman VII in the late 12th or early 13th century. One of the temple's shrines once held an image of Srindrakumararajaputra (the crown prince), a son of Jayavarman VII who died before him. The temple doors record Yasovarman I's failed invasion of Champa. The long Old Khmer inscription found at the site (K.227), and now on display in the National Museum, Phnom Penh, relates how Prince Srindrakumara was protected on two different occasions by four companions in arms, once against Rahu, and once on a military campaign...

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Tour Highlight
- Banteay Chmar
- Banteay Top.

Dress Code
The site is an active spiritual site for Buddhists and citizens who engage in daily worship, prayer and meditation. Revealing clothes such as shorts and skirts above the knees and showing bare shoulders are prohibited in sacred palaces. Respectful dress is strongly encouraged in Angkor due to the respects towards our community.
Cargo man short, cargo woman shorts and T-Shirt, cover knees and shoulders are recommended.

Currency
The official currency in Cambodia is Cambodian Riel. It trades at around 4,000 riel to one US dollar. The US dollar is Cambodia’s unofficial second currency; therefore, there is no need to change the money. In fact, it is best to carry US dollars with you while you are traveling in Siem Reap, Cambodia. There are ATM everywhere in Cambodia where you could pick up US dollars as well.

Tour Payment
The payment for the tour is in American dollars, USD.

Creating Unique Touring Experiences
Our expert travel team has planned your trip so that you can experience the very best of what Cambodia Vietnam, Laos and Thailand have to offer. We understand that many will have various needs and wants for each particular tour that may not be included in an itinerary. We will plan any tour to meet your particular demands. Please Send inquiry>>>

Feel free to contact us at
WhatsApp: +85512 971 645
Cell phone and WhatsApp: +1 (706) 254 5985
Email: poan45@gmail.com / info@angkorwat-services.com

Tour Name: Banteay Chhmar, Banteay Top Guided Tour Excursion
Tour Code: A1L
Tour Duration: 1 day
Tour Operates: all year round / on demand
Number of Pax: available upon request
Tour Price: available upon request

Pick-up and drop-off location
Can be anywhere upon request
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 AirBnB and residences in Siem Reap.

Pick-up and drop-off direction
Kindly provide your pick-up and drop-off styles for direction!

BANTEAY CHHMAR AND BANTEAY TOP TEMPLE
Banteay Chhmar – in the morning, you will be met and welcomed by our English speaking guide, picked up and transferred onward to Banteay Chhmar, is a commune in Thma Puok District in Banteay Meanchey province in northwest Cambodia. It is located 63 km north of Sisophon and about 20 km east of the Thai border. The commune of Banteay Chhmar contains 14 villages.

The massive temple of Banteay Chhmar, along with its satellite shrines and reservoir (baray), comprises one of the most important and least understood archaeological complexes from Cambodia's Angkor period.

History
Like Angkor Thom, the temple of Banteay Chhmar was accomplished during the reign of Jayavarman VII in the late 12th or early 13th century. One of the temple's shrines once held an image of Srindrakumararajaputra (the crown prince), a son of Jayavarman VII who died before him. The temple doors record Yasovarman I's failed invasion of Champa.

The long Old Khmer inscription found at the site (K.227), and now on display in the National Museum, Phnom Penh, relates how Prince Srindrakumara was protected on two different occasions by four companions in arms, once against Rahu, and once on a military campaign against Champa. Their four statues, with one of the prince, was placed in the central chapel.

Another bas-relief states Yasovarman II was attacked by Rahu, but "saved by a young prince."

The site
The complex resembles Angkor Thom and other structures attributed to Jayavarman VII. It is one of two sites outside Angkor with the enigmatic face-towers. Besides that, its outer gallery is carved with bas-reliefs depicting military engagements and daily life scenes very similar to the well-known ones in Bayon.

The complex is oriented to the east, where there's a dried baray (about 1.6 by 0.8 km), which had a temple on an artificial island (mebon) in its centre. There are three enclosures, as typical. The external one, largely ruined, was 1.9 by 1.7 km and surrounded by a moat. The middle enclosure, provided with a moat too, is 850 by 800 m. It contains the main temple, surrounded by a gallery with reliefs 250 by 200 m which constitutes the third inner enclosure.

Besides the main temple and the mebon there are other eight secondary temples. Four stelae detailing Jayavarman VII's genealogy were placed (though they remain unfinished) at each of the four corners of the third enclosure wall, mirroring the stelae that occupied the four corner-shrines (Prasat Chrung) of the king's capital at Angkor Thom.

Modern threats
Because of its remote location and its proximity to the Thai border, the complex has been subjected to severe looting, especially in the 1990s. In 1998, 2000 and 2002 the temple was listed by the World Monuments Fund as one of the top one hundred most endangered sites in the world.

For example, in 1998 a group of soldiers stole a 30-metre section of the southern wall. The bas-reliefs of Banteay Chhmar once displayed eight exceptional AvalokiteĊ›varas in the west gallery, but now only two remain. In January 1999 looters dismantled sections of the western gallery wall containing these bas-reliefs. They were intercepted by Thai police and 117 sandstone pieces of the wall were recovered. They are now on display in the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh.

Lunch at local restaurant (at your own costs)

Banteay Top (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.

Return to Siem Reap.
TOUR ENDS


INCLUDED
- Full tours and transfers by private luxury A/C vehicle
- English speaking guide
- Banteay Chhmar ticket.

EXCLUDED
- Meals not mentioned
- Accommodation
- Visa fees $30 (visa on arrival, please bring 1 of your recent passport-size photo to visit your Cambodia visa). Southeast Asian passport holders do not require a Cambodian visa
- Drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips and expenditure of a personal nature
- Personal travel insurance
- Any services not mentioned in itinerary.

Creating Unique Touring Experiences
Our expert travel team has planned your trip so that you can experience the very best of what Cambodia Vietnam, Laos and Thailand have to offer. We understand that many will have various needs and wants for each particular tour that may not be included in an itinerary. We will plan any tour to meet your particular demands. Please Send inquiry>>>

Feel free to contact us at
WhatsApp: +85512 971 645
Cell phone and WhatsApp: +1 (706) 254 5985
Email: poan45@gmail.com / info@angkorwat-services.com

PRICE
- private solo tour: USD195
- private tour for 2 persons: USD103 per person
- private tour for 3 persons: USD71 per person
- private tour for 4 persons: USD55 per person
- private tour for 5 persons: USD46 per person
- private tour for 6 persons: USD40 per person
- private tour for 7 persons: USD36 per person
- private tour for 8 persons: USD34 per person
- private tour for 9 persons: USD30 per person
- the more people, the better price.

INCLUDED
- Full tours and transfers by private luxury A/C vehicle
- English speaking guide
- Banteay Chhmar ticket.

EXCLUDED
- Meals not mentioned
- Accommodation
- Visa fees $30 (visa on arrival, please bring 1 of your recent passport-size photo to visit your Cambodia visa). Southeast Asian passport holders do not require a Cambodian visa
- Drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips and expenditure of a personal nature
- Personal travel insurance
- Any services not mentioned in itinerary.

Creating Unique Touring Experiences
Our expert travel team has planned your trip so that you can experience the very best of what Cambodia Vietnam, Laos and Thailand have to offer. We understand that many will have various needs and wants for each particular tour that may not be included in an itinerary. We will plan any tour to meet your particular demands. Please Send inquiry>>>

Feel free to contact us at
WhatsApp: +85512 971 645
Cell phone and WhatsApp: +1 (706) 254 5985
Email: poan45@gmail.com / info@angkorwat-services.com

Siem Reap - Svay Sisophon - Banteay Chhmar - Banteay Top - Siem Reap

Dr. Hermann von Treskow
E-mail: n/a
From: Germany

Posted Date: Sunday 26th of January 2014

Bei unserem ersten Besuch in Siem Reap und Angkor im Frühjahr 2009 hatte man uns Herrn Sophoan Rath, kurz Poan, als unseren individuellen Reiseführer zugeteilt.

Wir waren damals schnell von seinen Qualitäten als unser Führer durch die komplizierte Geschichte der Khmer-Reiche und durch die weitläufigen Tempelanlagen von Angkor überzeugt, die er uns lebendig und kenntnisreich nahe brachte.

Auch sein menschlich einnehmendes Wesen, seine unaufdringliche aber stets engagierte Art,uns als die ihm anvertrauten "Schützlinge" zu betreuen war uns ausnehmend symphatisch.
Es war daher keine Frage,wer unser "guide" bei unserem zweiten Besuch in Kambodscha in 2010 sein würde.

Poan holte uns vom Flughafen in Phnom Penh ab und zeigte uns diese Stadt in allen ihren Facetten - bevor wir mit ihm als unserem "guide and driver " auf dem Landweg nach Siem Reap aufbrachen.Die anschliessenden Tage dort waren angefüllt mit zahlreichen neuen Entdeckungen und Erlebnissen - zumeist abseits der großen Touristenströme.

Es folgten jeweils mehrtägige von Poan bestens organisierte und geführte Touren mit per SUV in 2011 nach Kampot und Kep, in 2012 nach Koh Kong und in die Kardamon Berge und schließlich in 2013 nach Mondulkiri und Sen Monorem.

Wir haben viele schöne Landschaften gesehen,zahlreiche liebenswerte Menschen getroffen und natürlich auch die einheimische Küche inklusive "fried spiders" probiert.

Aber auch die Schattenseiten des Landes ,seine grauenvolle Vergangenheit und die Probleme der Gegenwart blieben uns nicht verborgen.

An all dem hat Poan einen maßgablichen Anteil und wir verdanken ihm,dass wir
inzwischen Kambodscha wie nur wenige Touristen kennen und seine Menschen lieben gelernt haben.

Hermann & Tessy aus Aachen

Mr. Gigicalf
E-mail: n/a
From: United States

Posted Date: Thursday 1st of December 2011

A WONDERFUL GUIDE

Sophan Rath was our guide in Siem Reap for Angkor Wat and the surrounding areas and temples. We were with him for 5 days. He was very informative and answered all of our questions. He was always helpful and kind. He was very helpful to me as I have to walk slowly due to a bad leg. He was the best guide I've had in years. He took us to many more places then we had expected and gave us experiences that I do not believe another guide would do. He was so easy to be with and a truly wonderful person. He was fabulous! I highly recommend him!

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Mr. Wilbert Villena Gonzales
E-mail: n/a
From: Peru

Posted Date: Thursday 13th of January 2011

I have no words to express my greatest gratitude to Poan for the wonderful time I had exploring the most remote temples of the Khmer empire.

During the three-day tour I could get in touch not only with the architecture of Banteay Chhmar, Beng Mealea, Koh Ker and Preah Vihear, but also with people's beliefs and traditions, which, in the end, are what truly define the identity of Cambodia. Going up by foot to the temple of Preah Vihear is an experience that I highly recommend to anyone.

Thanks for everything Poan. You can be sure that I'll be back soon.

Mr. Richard Cyr
E-mail: n/a
From: United States

Posted Date: Monday 14th of December 2009

Dear Poan,

Cambodia is truly an amazing country, and you are truly the best guide to have accomponied and taught me so much about your country. On my first trip, you showed us Angkor Wat Temple and other sites near Siem Reap. One year later I made my second trip any you took me to areas that are less frequented by tourists.Visits to the Village of Kompong Khleang near Lake Tonle Sap and the memorable Preah Vihear Temple will always bring a smile to my face. What truly makes Cambodia so special is the genuine friendliness and caring of the Khmer people.

Good luck and good fortune to you.
Your friend, Richard

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