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Banteay Chhmar Temple

Banteay Meanchey Province is situated in northwestern Cambodia, a charming province that offers a wide selection of natural and historical attractions, including ancient temple complexes, wildlife reserves, and a crane sanctuary. Adventurous travellers will find the province presents plenty of opportunities to sample authentic Khmer culture and take in the stunning natural beauty Cambodia has to offer. Banteay Meanchey’s capital is Serei Sophon (also known as Sisophon) and the main attraction in this province is the 12th century temple of Banteay Chhmar.

 

To see this temple will departure from Siem Reap in early morning, drive 1 and half hours by 105km through Sisophon town, then continue with 1 hour drive to Banteay Chhmar temple, is a historical site located in Tma Puok district along National Road 69A, about 59km north of the Sisophon town. 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.

 

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.

 

There are other temples in Banteay Meanchey province besides the Banteay Chhmar temple, including Banteay Toap, Preah Chhor and Pram temples. These temples, however, have not been conserved. Today, Banteay Chhmar temple is an important site in Banteay Meanchey province in the development of international tourism. On the way back will bring you to see Ang Trapaing Thmor, Crane Sanctuary is a protected area of Cambodia on the site of a large Khmer Rouge irrigation project built during the 1970. The sanctuary was gazette on 1 January 1999 and covers an area of 10,250 hectares. The reserve was set aside to protect the rare Eastern Sarus Crane (Grus antigone sharpii). Prior to the discovery of the crane at Trapaing Thmor, there were thought to be fewer than 1,000 of the birds left alive in the world.

 

The Crane sanctuary is located in north western Cambodia, not far from the border with Thailand. The entire 10,000 hectares of the protected area is contained within Phnom Srok District of Banteay Meanchey Province. Phnom Srok district shares a border with Siem Reap and Oddar Meanchey Provinces. Ridding from the north clockwise, Phnom Srok borders with Banteay Ampil and Chong Kal districts of Oddar Meanchey province to the north. The eastern border of the district is shared with Srei Snam and Kralanh districts of Siem Reap province.

 

To the south the district shares a border with Preah Net Preah District of Banteay Meanchey. The western border of the district joins with Svay Chek and Thmor Pouk districts also of Banteay Meanchey. The sanctuary can be accessed by road from Sisophon (70 km) or Siem Reap (city) (90 km) via National Highway 6 initially then via smaller unsealed district roads to Ang Trapaing Thmor. We may take a break for lunch there with real Khmer food restaurant, then drive you back to Siem Reap city end of service.

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