Battambang & Banteay Chhmar Discovery

Additional Info

  • Country: Cambodia
  • Holiday Style: Classic
  • Durations: 4 days
  • Destination: Banteay Chhmar
  • Tour Code: BBC-4D

Visit the Royal Mountain of Oudong outside of Phnom Penh before exploring Angkorian temples, pagodas and the Battambang bamboo train. Discover the remote Banteay Chhmar temple, visit a Community Tourism project and enjoy an overnight local home-stay. Continue to Sieam Reap and the magestic Angkor temples.

Experiencing a holiday in Cambodia and you will discover the allure of an unspoilt and little explored country which for many travelers with a sense of adventure is irresistible. Witness the Khmer way of living firsthand while staying overnight at a local home-stay.

Battambang & Banteay Chhmar Discovery 4D3N

Tour Itinerary
  • Day 1: Phnom Penh to Battambang


    Leave Phnom Penh behind and stop at Kompong Luong, a silversmith village, where you can see silversmiths designing silver objects – from delicate chicken and fish boxes to large fruit-shaped bowls. Continue your trip to the small riverside town of Kompong Chhnang which is famous for its pottery. Also this area is popular for the sugar palm tree, try tasty sugar palm wine and delicious sweets.

    As you pass through Pursat you see many large stone carvings in differing stages of completion. On arrival in Battambang, check-in to your accommodation before having dinner at a local restaurant.

    Meals included: D
    Overnight in Battambang
  • Day 2: Battambang temples, traditional village life & bamboo train


    This morning you visit the striking hilltop pagoda of Phnom Sampeau. This massive limestone outcrop is dissected by a number of caves whereby some contain unexpected reminders of Cambodia's history. After lunch you will drive to the village of Ksach Puoy on the banks of the Sangker River. As well as being home to many well preserved traditional Khmer wooden stilted homes, this area grows a variety of tropical fruits as well as vegetables along the fertile river banks. Learn more about traditional agriculture and taste juicy oranges, sweet pineapples, and many other fruit. The peaceful pagoda of Wat Kor is also worth visiting. Not far from Ksach Puoy is Cambodia's first vineyard – Prasat Phnom Banan Vineyard – you can pop in if you like, find out about the wine production and try several types of wine. A few kilometers further south you arrive at the well preserved 11th century mountaintop Angkorian temple of Phnom Banan. After climbing the 350+ steps you are treated to a peaceful setting with superb views across the surrounding countryside. The last and probably most memorable stop of today is the bamboo train station. Originally, the bamboo train was set up by the villagers to facilitate the transportation of goods. Nowadays it is the most popular tourist attraction in Battambang. The train in it is very basic and consists of one bamboo platform on 4 wheels which is activated by a small motor. Sitting on the platform, you travel to the next station through beautiful landscape and rice paddies. On arrival, stop at the village, visit the brick factory and enjoy a refreshing drink before returning to the bamboo train station. Your bamboo train adventure takes about an hour and you will travel 7 kilometers (4 miles) in total.

    Meals included: B, L
    Overnight in Battambang
  • Day 3: Banteay Chhmar & traditional home-stay


    After breakfast you will visit Battambang Museum before heading 120 kilometers north (75 miles), to the province of Banteay Meanchey. There, you explore the ancient temple of Banteay Chhmar (Fortress of the Cat or Narrow Fortress), a large temple that is rarely visited by tourists due to its remoteness, thus it makes a refreshing change from the crowds at Angkor Wat. A low key community tourism project has recently been established in the village to help these poor people supplement their income. On arrival the local community welcomes you and you can enjoy a traditionally prepared Khmer lunch. Afterwards you get introduced to your host family and visit their home where you will spend the night. The accommodation is basic, traditional wooden stilted houses, with no electricity (outdoor western style toilets and washing facilities have been built and mosquito nets are provided). After freshening-up, a community guide leads you to Banteay Chhmar temple. Clambering over piles of stones and in between large shady trees, you will discover the remains of fallen towers and walls. This is a peaceful temple and having it to yourself as the sun sets across the baray is an extremely memorable moment. A local Khmer dinner will be served in the grounds of the temple by torch light - a unique experience! Enjoying dinner together with the local community is the perfect opportunity to discuss village life in Cambodia. As the night wears on you will return to your home-stay and fall asleep to the sounds of the countryside.

    Meals included: B, L, D
  • Day 4: Village life and silk weaving


    Awake to delightful views of rural Cambodia and rice paddies stretching off into the distance. If you wish you can return to the temple and bask in the solitude of a lonely temple sunrise. After breakfast there is the opportunity to learn more about the typical village life as you experience an ox-cart ride, visit the rice fields, drop-in on the village bee-keeper, stroll around the grounds of the village pagoda, and visit a local organization that is helping to revive the silk weaving industry. Depending on the time of year you may also wish to assist your host family with their farm activities. Have a picnic lunch while overlooking a large lake where you can spot various birdlife. Afterwards bid farewell to Banteay Chhmar's local community and head off towards Siem Reap. However, before travelling too far you stop off at Banteay Top, another wonderful and remote ancient temple. Close to Siem Reap you reach the village of Puok which is home to the Artisans d'Angkor Silk Farm. Witness the entire silk production process and get the opportunity to purchase wonderful Cambodian souvenirs at the on-site boutique. On arrival in Siem Reap you get dropped-off at your hotel

    Meals included: B, L
  • What's included?


    Inclusions:
    • All sightseeing tour and transfer services as detailed in the above itinerary
    • All accommodation based on two sharing a room
    • Private air conditioned vehicles
    English speaking local guide
    • All entrance fees for attractions included in the above itinerary
    • Daily drinking water and cool face towels whilst sightseeing
    • All meals as detailed in the above itinerary (B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner)

    Exclusions:
    • Services not detailed in the above itinerary
    • International flights to / from Cambodia
    • Cambodian Visa fees
    • Accommodation before / after the tour
    • Drinks with included meals
    • Expenditure of a personal nature
    • Discretionary tips
    • Travel insurance
    • Any payment / money transfer charges 

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