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Banteay Chhmar and Banteay Top Temples Day Trip Excursion
1 Day (Tour Code: CAN06)

Tour Name: Banteay Chhmar and Banteay Top Temples Day Trip Excursion
1Day (Tour Code: CAN06)
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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.

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.
AM: Tour begins at 7:00AM pick up from your hotel
The trip takes about 4 hours each way. Drive a long the naitonal road #6 for 100K westward to Sisophon downtown of Banteay Meanchey province. Take the dirt road of Thmor Pouk district for 63K and abour one and a half an hour you 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.

PM: Enjoy  your lunch at local restaurant (on your own account)
After having lunch, make your way back to Siem Reap. Relax on your luxury A/C vehicle looking to nice view and people life style.
Trip to Banteay Chhmar Temple, a world monument site will make your memorable for a lifetime. Returning home to Siem Reap in late afternoon and arrives at around 4PM.
Tour Duration: Day Trip Excursion
Tour Operates: Everyday Departures
Tour Price: USD99 Per Person (Guaranteed to depart with minimum 02 people)

Tour Price Inclusive of:
- Tours and transfers as mentioned in itinerary by private luxury air-condition vehicles
- Local English speaking guides
- Entrance fee for mentioned visit

Tour Price Exclusive of:
- Accommodation, please Contact Us
- Services and meals not mentioned
- Cambodia visa
- International and additional domestic flights include taxes
- Drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips … and expenditure of a personal nature
- Travel insurance

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