Spend 2 days and 1 night on a wonderful private trip to visit Banteay Chhmar and Battambang. It is one of our professional services organized by a local driver. We depart from Siem Reap and explore the ancient temples of Banteay Chhmar, one of the most impressive temple complexes beyond the Angkor region in northwest of Cambodia, as well as roads less travellers and you have the opportunity to experience local life in a rural village. Then explore Battambang, it’s home to some of Indochina’s best preserved colonial era architecture and it is a province of the rice bowl of Cambodia. Your trip with us will be one of the most beautiful moments of your travel experiences.
Day 1: Siem Reap to Battambang – Banteay Chhmar – Phnom Sampeau Bat Caves
We begin the journey after breakfast in Siem Reap and drive northwest from Siem Reap towards the trading town of Svay Sisophon and turn to the impressive jungle temple of Banteay Chhmar. Located in Banteay Meanchey province and about 20 km east of the Thai border, the temples were built during the reign of Jayavarman VII in the late 12th or early 13th century. Upon arrival we view the magnificent sculptures of Lokesvara with 32 arms, called by the Khmer “lok sam-pee” or “Mr. 32”, as well as the magnificent dancers’ hall. One of the shrines in the temple once contained an image of Srindrakumara rajaputra (the crown prince), probably a son of Jayavarman VII.
We then leave the temple and travel to Svay Sisophon and continue south to Battambang. After check in your hotel, you can take some rest. We then drive to Phnom Sampeau, a sacred mountain dotted with interesting pagodas and stupas. There is also a moving memorial to the victims of the Khmer Rouge who were thrown into one of the many caves that dot this sacred mountain. After visiting this view on the hill and later you will see the most spectacular 7 million bats flying out of the cave. Wrinkle-lipped bats fly up to 50 km from their roosts each night to hunt insects. Bats eat 50-100% of their own weight every night before returning home. We then travel back to Battambang town for the night.
Overnight staying in Battambang
Day 2: Battambang Tour and Travel to Siem Reap
After breakfast then you check out, we discover the French colonial buildings in the heart of Battambang town. Visit Wat Domrey Sor, White Elephant temple, is one of the central Buddhist temples in Battambang, this temple was built in the late 18th century. Experience the bamboo train ride along the rail tracks offering great views of the surrounding countryside. Hilltop temple of Wat Banan, the mountaintop temple from the Angkor era is the best preserved of the Khmer temples in Battambang – Lok Ta Dambong Kra Nhoung Shrine (Black man Statue).
Phsar Prahok or Stinky Market, it is an interesting place where they make Fish Prahok, the traditional Khmer cuisine and its ingredients. This place has been selling prahok since the 1990s as it is located near a river which hosts various types of fish. Explore Wat Samrong Knong, it was built in the 19th century on the site of a pre-Angkorian temple complex. The Khmer Rouge used the temple compound as a prison. The complex is now home to the magnificent main pagoda and a hodgepodge of ancient ruins, glittering modern structures and memorials to those who perished here.
We visit Doun Teav village and learn how family makes hand-made rice paper for fresh and deep-fried spring rolls – We head to the ruins of Ek Phnom, it was built during the Bayon period 11th-century in year of 1027 in reign of king Suryavarman I (1002 – 1050) in the Angkor period in order to dedicate for the deities in Hinduism. Then our journey from Battambang to Siem Reap is around 3 hours.
Overnight stay in Siem Reap
End of service!
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