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Address: Cambodia
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+855 97 516 5533
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

Banteay Chhmar (the “Citadel of the Cat”) has been called the "second...

Banteay Chhmar (the “Citadel of the Cat”) has been called the "second Angkor Wat” and was constructed by King Jayavarman VII, who also built Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and Preah Khan. This remote and vast site is currently under restoration and visitors find a stunning interplay of temple and jungle.

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A small version of Angkor wat that you can have to yourself.

I went by taxi and arrived about 10 AM. There were 2 other tourists there but they went a different way. I walked around the outer wall and climbed piles of stones inside. It... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 February 2016

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2016

I went by taxi and arrived about 10 AM. There were 2 other tourists there but they went a different way. I walked around the outer wall and climbed piles of stones inside. It seemed safe enough, no stones fell over. When I was leaving I saw one other guy. The main entrance wall (East side) has lots of well... More 

1 Thank bormanator
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

It was a disapointing experience overall. We came mostly for the homestay experience and our expectations were high, since most of the reviews are very good. We were welcomed by Sokuon. He brought us to our homestay, but did not make any presentation. Basically: here is your room, and here the bathroom. Our hosts did not seem to speak english... More 

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47 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015

Was there in 2013. Rode bikes to the temples--no one else was there. The home stay was a little uncomfortable (maybe their was no late night electricity so the fan didn't work--not sure), so take mossie repellent. If you are vegetarian, bring tofu or other substitute. The information hut was very informative.

Thank WakeoftheFlood
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47 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015

Like other reviewers we did a home stay here. The accommodation was basic but fine with both lunch & dinner organised also (basic, yet flavoursome & plentiful). Our luck was in as our pre-booked visit just happened to coincide with the annual Water Festival when the population swells as villagers from outlying provinces converge on Banteay Chhmar to watch wooden... More 

1 Thank Goose568
Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2015

I visited Banteay Chmar and stayed 3 days with the CBT organised "tour" and it was fantastic ! it was my second trip to Cambodia, so I gave myself some advanced sight seeing (after Angkor and Pnomh Penh). Visiting very nice temples almost alone, some with preserved wood pieces (first time I saw that in Cambodia). I made great pictures... More 

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Toulouse, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2015

Loved this home stay. No tourists at all. Had whole temples to ourselves. This was a special moment, experience true rural Cambodian life without all the tourists. Highly recommend. Off the beaten track, and supports a fantastic cause.

1 Thank helyerbeth
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22 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015 via mobile

I came to visit this temple as part of a home visit on an Intrepid Tour. I was a bit nervous about doing a home stay never having done one before but it was absolutely amazing! As this village is out of the way we had the temples to ourselves and explored at our leisure. The food here was by... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2015

Another wonderful Khmer temple site (see review Wat Phu in Laos) -- the site is larger but more overgrown and ruined than Wat Phu. Some wall bas relief are clear (see pics) but overall difficult to navigate throughout the site, given the amount of natural destruction. We traveled to the site through Thailand - it is about a 2 hour... More 

Thank Travel715
Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

( 13rd Sep 2015 )) yesterday i went to visit the banteay chhmar temple with my group . we was very happy when we reach at banteay chmar temple because the beauty of the temple , we would like to recommend dear tourist and khmer people get to know about banteay chhmar temple , this temple just 65km nouth of... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2015 via mobile

Wonderful ruins but truly miles from anywhere. Bring a picnic as local food places pretty rough (and your own loo roll)! Lovely cool and shady ruins to climb over - sadly much of the artwork has been pillaged

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