Banteay Chhmar Community-Based Tourism: Cambodia Discovery Tour: The Mystery of the Banteay Chhmar Temple

Cambodia Discovery Tour: The Mystery of the Banteay Chhmar Temple

Banteay Chhmar Commune, Cambodia

Banteay Chhmar Community-Based T...

Social Enterprise

2 days/1 night
From$122 USDPer person

Banteay Chhmar CBT assists Cambodian families by establishing creative and educational ways to improve their overall quality of life and to honor the country's unique cultural heritage.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the historic Banteay Chhmar Temple, and support cultural preservation and local job creation.
  • Explore the local market and get to know the culture that has made Cambodia such an exotic and unusual place to visit through music, food, and family.
  • Capture the image of a majestic temple lost in time on a trek through the isolated remains of its legacy.

Tour revenue will be invested back into the community, creating job opportunities for locals and preserving their unique cultural heritage.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time

    12 PM

  • Duration

    2 days/1 night

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Professionals

  • Languages


  • Tour Participants

    1 to 35

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Comfortable shoes for walking, Hat, Mosquito repellent, Sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion, Water, Rainwear in the monsoon season (july – november)

  • Volunteer Opportunities


Tour Description

Come out and see the legendary Banteay Chhmar Temple, one of Cambodia’s most breathtaking national treasures! The temple dates all the way back to the 12th century and is located in a remote corner of northwestern Cambodia, recreating the spirit of mystic isolation that once existed. The tour begins with lunch prepared by a local women’s group under a straw hut. You will then be able to take a quantum leap back in time and explore the mangled temple ruins of Banteay Chhmar Temple and Ta Prohm Temple. The toppled remains, hidden passages and changing light create an ethereal setting that is guaranteed to satisfy your craving for adventure.

Additionally, you will be treated to the delightful Cambodian hospitality. Take an ox-cart tour through the village and stop at the local silk center. You will have the chance to meet and interact with the local villagers and learn about their livelihoods, where you can learn about the drastically different lifestyles certain people live. There will likely be chances for you to listen to soothing traditional music, make a scrumptious meal with a local family, go fishing, or join in one of the many festive Cambodian holidays and ceremonies. At night, enjoy a traditional dinner lit by wooden torches and be enveloped into the culture by staying in a homestay, which offers you a personal experience to see Cambodian village life up close. The Khmer people are very welcoming and generous so don’t be shy!

Tour Start Address

National Road No. 56A,, Banteay Chhmar Commune, Cambodia

How To Get There

Banteay Chhmar Community-Based Tourism is located along the road on the eastern side of the moat. The CBT can help with organizing transportation to Banteay Chhmar from Siem Reap, Poipet, Battambang, and Sisophon (the closest major city).

More About Banteay Chhmar Community-Based Tourism


To develop tourism that involves and is supported by all stakeholders in order promote sustainable economic, environmental, and community development.

Main Programs

  • Organizes temple tours, homestays, traditional meals and activities.

  • Manages the CBT Fund for social projects (community library, water safety and hygiene, waste management...).