Homestay with Locals in Banteay Chhmar, Cambodia
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Travel Guide to Cambodia
With Siem Reap and the famous Angkor temples that were built here between the 9th and 15th centuries, Cambodia has one of the greatest tourist attractions anywhere in the world.
Covering some 400sqks, the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Archiological Park is home to scores of temples, canals, bridges and gateways. The most famous temple is Angkor Wat, built during the first half of the 12th century and today receives more than 2 million visitors a year. Best seen at dawn before the crowds arrive and as the sun turns the east face pink, it is a truly incredible site. Ta Prohm is famous for the temple strangling trees that seem to devour the ancient structures and my own favourite is the beautiful Angkor Thom, or Bayon Temple, with its serene collection of exquisitely carved faces. With so much to see you’ll need at least two if not three days here.
But where in the past people thought that the temples of Siem Reap were all Cambodia had to offer, now things are changing. For a start there are many more wonderful Angkorian and pre-Angkorian temples to see such as at Preah Vihear, on the border with Thailand, Banteay Chhmar and at Sambor Prei Kuk on the road to Phnom Penh. And in Battambang, the provincial capital of Battambang Province, is an atmospheric and quite town, which is home to an array of temples, both old and new, and the famous bamboo train, on which our clients can take a stunning ride through the countryside.
And if you want to get further off the beaten track on your own private adventure, why not travel up to Phnom Kulem, otherwise known as the Sacred Mountains. Here you can visit waterfalls, a local village and school and trek through the jungle to find remote and fascinating temples, like the stone elephant deep in the jungle. Here you can stay in an amazing camp, put up especially for you, and have night of glamping amongst nature as the only travellers for miles around.
At some stage on your journey through Cambodia, you are bound to pass through here, the nation’s capital, Phnom Penh.
Whilst Phnom Penh my not have the plethora of obvious tourist attractions some of the other capital cities of the region possess, it is still an interesting place and definitely deserves a day or two exploring. Sitting at the confluence of the Tonlé Sap and Mekong Rivers, packed with great restaurant and bars, there are plenty of places to explore including the Wat Phnom, the city’s first pagoda, the old French Quarter and the towns busy market. There are also some great places to stay the most famous of which is Raffles Hotel.
Heading south from Phnom Penh you’ll come to Kep. Under French rule, Kep – known at the time as Kep-Sur-Mer – was Cambodia’s most prestigious beach town. Established in 1908 it became a thriving resort for the French and following independence for the Cambodian elite. Although the beach is nothing much to shout about, its architecture, its cuisine and its sleepy, laid-back atmosphere make it is a lovely place to discover.
The most important thing about Kep today is its famous crab market, which is a fascinating place to visit as the catch comes in. It’s also a good place to grab lunch.
From here you can head into the Cardamom Mountains for some more trekking and adventure activities, or for some R&R and some more great food further down to the beach town of Sihanoukville.
With increased economic growth has come a huge improvement in the country’s infrastructure. Roads are in good condition, fine restaurants offer great cuisine and impressive hotels are springing up all over the country.
In Siem Reap and Phnom Penh the choices are endless. In Kep you have the absolutely wonderful and architecturally significant Knai Bang Chatt. In Koh Kong province, close the Thai Border, is the stunning 4 Rivers Resort – a unique floating luxury camp, exquisitely positioned at a bend in the Tatai River offering some of the most original accommodation anywhere in Southeast Asia. And if you really want to push the boat out on the private island of Song Saa you have one of the most amazing resorts in the region.
Added to that great guides can be found and the country is totally safe.
So almost three decades after Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge tore the country apart, Cambodia is finally immerging as one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting travel destinations.
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Cambodia កម្ពុជា, or Kampuchea : authoritatively known as the Kingdom of Cambodia Khmer: ព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា is a nation situated in the southern bit of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is 181,035 square kilometers (69,898 square miles) in range, flanked by Thailand toward the northwest, Laos toward the upper east, Vietnam toward the east, and the Gulf of Thailand toward the southwest.More infom about Cambodia or Khmer please visit at :
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5.Eastern of Cambodia,
7.Kompong Som provinces,
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16.Preah Vihear province,
17.Kampong Thom Province,
18.Koh kong Conservation corridor,
21.the southern islands,
23.Stung Treng province,
31.Bokor hill Station,
32.Koh Rong Sanloem,
36.Preah Khan of Kompong Svay,
37.Sambor Prei Kuk,
39.Angkor Borei & phnom Da,
41.Kirirom National park,
42.Northern Cardamon Mountains,
45.Floating Village of chong kneas,
48.Virakchey National park,
49.Tatai River & Waterfall,
50.Ream National park
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Close-up of Mysterious Carved Face at Prasat Bayon - Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Prasat Bayon - Siem Reap, Cambodia. From Wiki: [Angkor Wat is a Hindu, then subsequently Buddhist temple complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. The modern name, Angkor Wat, means Temple City or City of Temples.] It is a major tourist destination with an annual increase of nearly 20% year-on-year more than 2 million visitors enjoyed the world's biggest religious structure this year alone.
The Bayon was the last state temple to be built at Angkor, and the only Angkorian state temple to be built primarily as a Mahayana Buddhist shrine dedicated to the Buddha, though a great number of minor and local deities were also encompassed as representatives of the various districts and cities of the realm. It was the centrepiece of Jayavarman VII's massive program of monumental construction and public works, which was also responsible for the walls and naga-bridges of Angkor Thom and the temples of Preah Khan, Ta Prohm and Banteay Kdei.
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PHNOM PENH AIRBNB TOUR & FOOD HAUL | Cambodia | Vlog 029
We are back in Phnom Penh for our final stop in Cambodia after a pretty awful 4 days in Sihanoukville - check out our previous video for why you should avoid it!
After a fairly smooth (and empty!) 6 hour bus journey with Giant Ibis we arrive back in the capital and check in to our first AirBnb in Asia. We do a full room tour and discover some strange things before heading out to the supermarket for the first time. As it turns out, it's incredibly expensive - the highlight being a pot of Ben & Jerry's for a massive $16 USD! We round off the day with a pretty mediocre Thai meal at De Map...including a pad Thai with...no noodles!?
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Banteay Chhmar (Khmer: បន្ទាយឆ្មារ) is a commune (khum) in Thma Puok District in Banteay Meanchey province in northwest Cambodia. It is located 63 km north of Sisophon and about 20 km east of the Thai border. The commune of Banteay Chhmar contains 14 villages.
The massive temple of Banteay Chhmar, along with its satellite shrines and reservoir (baray), comprises one of the most important and least understood archaeological complexes from Cambodia's Angkor period.
Like Angkor Thom, the temple of Banteay Chhmar was accomplished during the reign of Jayavarman VII in the late 12th or early 13th century. One of the temple's shrines once held an image of Srindrakumara rajaputra (the crown prince), probably a son of Jayavarman VII. The long Old Khmer inscription found at the site (K.227), and now on display in the National Museum, Phnom Penh, relates how this prince or a king (samtac) was protected on two different occasions by four royal servants, all of whom lost their lives in his defense. The inscription lists the names of these officials and informs us that their respective images were once placed in the four corners of the shrine.
The complex resembles Angkor Thom and other structures attributed to Jayavarman VII. It is one of two sites outside Angkor with the enigmatic face-towers. Besides that, its outer gallery is carved with bas-reliefs depicting military engagements and daily life scenes very similar to the well-known ones in Bayon.
The complex is oriented to the east, where there's a dried baray (about 1.6 by 0.8 km), which had a temple on an artificial island (mebon) in its centre. There are three enclosures, as typical. The external one, largely ruined, was 1.9 by 1.7 km and surrounded by a moat. The middle enclosure, provided with a moat too, is 850 by 800 m. It contains the main temple, surrounded by a gallery with reliefs 250 by 200&nbps;m which constitutes the third inner enclosure.
Besides the main temple and the mebon there are other eight secondary temples. Four stelae detailing Jayavarman VII's genealogy were placed (though they remain unfinished) at each of the four corners of the third enclosure wall, mirroring the stelae that occupied the four corner-shrines (Prasat Chrung) of the king's capital at Angkor Thom.
Because of its remote location and its proximity to the Thai border, the complex has been subjected to severe looting, especially in the 1990s. In 1998, 2000 and 2002 the temple was listed by the World Monuments Fund as one of the hundred most endangered sites in all countries.
As example, in 1998 a group of soldiers stole a 30-meters section from the southern wall. The bas-reliefs of Banteay Chhmar once displayed eight exceptional Avalokiteśvaras in the west gallery, but now only two of these images remain: in January 1999 some looters dismantled sections of the western gallery wall containing these wonderful bas-reliefs. The truck that transported them was intercepted by Thai police by chance, and the 117 sandstone pieces of the wall were recovered. At present, these are on display in the National Museum of Cambodia at Phnom Penh. However, there has been no serious investigation of that theft.
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