Discover banteay Chhmar Temple, Battambang, Phnom Penh
Tour Code: REP5D008
Day1: Siem Reap to Battambang via Banteay Chhmar temple [-L-D]
We leave Siem Reap after breakfast and travel west towards the trading town of Svay Sisophon. We then head deeper into Banteay Meanchey province to the incredible jungle temple of Banteay Chhmar, famous for its signature faces of Jayavarman VII. After travelling through some beautiful stretches of Cambodian countryside, we start at the enigmatic temple of Banteay Top. Here the central tower has collapsed, only to be rebuilt and resembles a precarious tower of building blocks. The interior includes original wooden supports, a rarity in this tropical climate. We continue to the main temple of Banteay Chhmar for a thorough exploration. We see the magnificent carvings of Lokesvara with 32 arms, nicknamed lok sam-pee (Mr 32) by Khmers, as well as the beautiful Hall of Dancers, similar to the famous Preah Khan. After clambering about among this sleeping giant, we continue to explore the outer complex, including the outer gate of Ta Prohm, like a smaller cousin of the impressive Angkor Thom gates and protected by a moat. After a picnic lunch around Banteay Chhmar, we travel south through Sisophon once more before continuing to Battambang, a historic riverside city on the banks of the Sangker River.We spend the night in a comfortable local hotel.
Day2: Battambang –Wat Ko & ride Bamboo Train [B-L-D]
After breakfast, we travel to Wat Ko district to visit a local village and learn about rural life in Cambodia. We learn about the rice harvest, fruit farming and how the sugar palm is used. After our village visit, we board the bamboo train to travel back towards Battambang. These 'local trains' are bamboo platforms with wheels and they fly along the rail tracks offering great views of the surrounding countryside. We then continue to Phnom Sampeau, a sacred mountain dotted with interesting pagodas and stupas. There is also a moving memorial to Khmer Rouge victims who were thrown into one of the many caves that pepper this holy mountain.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Day3: Battambang –Cambodia countryside [B-L-D]
After breakfast, we travel to Wat Koh district to visit a local village and learn about rural life in Cambodia as well as visiting one of the ancient houses that have been preserved. We learn about the rice harvest, fruit farming and how the sugar palm is used. We then travel to the hilltop temple of Wat Banan. Arriving at the temple, we ascend to the summit and are rewarded with striking views of the surrounding plains. There are five towers here;leading some ambitious Battambang residents to claim it may have been the inspiration behind Angkor Wat. After lunch in town, we make a brief visit to Battambang’s provincial museum and take a ride past a few of the city’s former French colonial buildings before we head out towards the ruined and atmospheric 11th century temple of Wat Ek Phnom, passing through the rice paper making village of Pheam Ek. A sunset visit to the ruined temple completes our day in Battambang.
Day4: Battambang – Phnom Penh via Oudong [B-L-D]
We leave Battambang after breakfast and travel southeast towards Pursat province. We pass through typical Cambodian landscapes of endless ricefields dotted with sugar palms. We explore the sacred hills here, which include historic pagodas and several stupas containing the remains of Cambodia's former kings. After an extensive visit to this historic place, we continue to the busy riverside town of Kompong Chhnang where we stop to enjoy a local lunch. There may also be the opportunity to visit a local pottery village, as Kompong Chhnang is famous for producing undecorated items for the Cambodian home. We then drive to the former Cambodian capital of Udong. We explore the sacred hills here, which include historic pagodas and several stupas containing the remains of Cambodia's former kings. Later we continue to the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. We check into our hotel and soak up the atmosphere of this quixotic riverside capital.
Day 5: Phnm Penh Departure [B--]
After breakfast, free at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
Day1: Siem Reap to Battambang via Banteay Chhmar temple
Day2: Battambang –Wat Ko & ride Bamboo Train
Day3: Battambang –Cambodia countryside
Day4: Battambang – Phnom Penh via Oudong
Day 5: Phnm Penh Departure
- All transfers and transport as per the program:
1pax -2pax: comfortable car 4 seats with air-conditioning
3pax -6pax: comfortable Van 15 seats with air-conditioning
- All accommodation as per program (based on double/Twin sharing room)
- All meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
-English speaking station guide as mention on the itinerary.
-All Entrance fee mentioned in itinerary
-Fresh water & Tissue
- Air tickets both domestic and international
- Personal expenses
- All drinks
- Visa fees and/or visa authorization
-Early Check in/Late Check Out
- Other expenses that not mentioned on the itinerary
- Any peak season surcharge (normally New Year period)