Why visit Banteay Chmar ?
The 12th century temple lies in the northwest of Cambodia, a beautiful rural area with less visited by tourists. Although it’s not as magnificent as the main temples at Angkor, Banteay Chhmar does offer wonderful ruins insight your lens which surrounded by the bush and the big trees alive. Your today visit will include the visit of Silk farm and stone carving village.
EARLY MORNING DEPARTURE: SIEM REAP – BANTEAY MEANCHEY – BANTEAY CHMAR
Today after your early breakfast, take the ride to Banteay Chhmar, it’s about 3 hours from Siem Reap.
Upon arrival and before the start of the visit to the temple, you are invited to visit the community base tourism at Banteay Chmar, “CBT”, and tour around with a local professional guide at the community and experience with some amazing activities and the ride on Ox cart around the area. Visit the temple and enjoy your lunch at the local house within the community.
For the overnight stay at the local house, organize by the local community “CBT”, pls click here
CBT, the Community-Base Tourism in Banteay Chhmar is a group of local villagers dedicated to preserving and protecting the cultural heritage of the area as well as creating a sustainable tourism industry in Banteay Chhmar. The CBT was originally started in 2007 with the aid of a French organization Agir Pour le Cambodge. In 2009, Global Heritage Fund (GHF) began work on documenting and conserving Banteay Chhmar Temple. They formed a partnership with the CBT. In addition to GHF, Heritage Watch is also working in cooperation with the CBT. Heritage Watch is helping in areas of educating the local population about the importance of protecting Khmer cultural heritage and the benefits to their livelihoods from tourism activities. They are also involved in an English-language and tour guide training program for the Banteay Chhmar tour guides.
On the way back REP, take a short stop at Preah Neth Preah, the place of best stone carving. Stop and the visit for about 20 minutes before continuing the trip to Puok and take another stop at Angkor Silk Farm, to see and learn about the process from the mulberry bushes cultivation to the production of silk fabrics and accessories. As the Silk Farm covers an area of 8 hectares, of which 5 are used for the mulberry trees plantation, you will enjoy the beautiful setting while learning about the fascinating process of silk-making.
During your visit, professional guide who works on site will give you more details on the mulberry trees, silkworm farming, cocoon unwinding, preparation of the silk threads, ikat technique (tie-dyeing of the threads) and silk weaving. We are sure that you will be impressed by the dexterity of the artisans with silk threads.
At the end of the visit, enjoy a large showroom where you can buy high-quality silk products that were made in the workshops you just visited. End of service.
Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, Lunch at the community
Accommodation: Your hotel in REP