Now one of Cambodia’s top-listed sites for inscription to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, be among the first to say you have seen this magnificent temple complex before everyone else does.

What to experience ?

Banteay Chhmar is a complex of temple ruins from a very large 12th century Angkorian temple complex, located in the north west of Cambodia in Banteay Meanchey Province.

Banteay Chhmar, community based tourism, Cambodia

Banteay Chhmar, Cambodia

Banteay Chhmar also offers numerous activities beyond just seeing the temple. While seeing Banteay Chhmar Temple is certainly the highlight of any trip, the Community-Based Tourism group can plan a range of activities for your interests and needs.

For those considering gastronomy aspects of their trip, the community can provide meals both in their restaurant or arrange picnics in one of the temples or, even along the baray (reservoir) for you.

Other activities include learning about the lives of the local people including planting and harvesting rice, growing fruits and vegetables or visit one of the local handicraft makers. They have a Tourism Event Calendar so check it out to see what will be happening during your time there.

Whatever your interests are and the amount of time that you can spend at Banteay Chhmar, the community will make your stay an enjoyable and memorable one.


Banteay Chhmar, community based tourism, Cambodia

Ox-cart at Banteay Chhmar

How does it help ?

Banteay Chhmar Community-Based Tourism is a group of local villagers dedicated to preserving and protecting the cultural heritage of the area as well as creating a sustainable tourism industry in Banteay Chhmar. Tourism activities were initiated by the community to provide a long-term, sustainable and low-impact way to improve the livelihoods of the community that will help to protect the cultural heritage and environment.

Homestay at Banteay Chhmar community based tourism site, CambodiaCurrently, over 70 villagers are directly involved in the CBT as tour guides, cooks, homestay owners, musicians and in other areas.

A local savings fund was started from the beginning of the project in 2007, where a portion of the fund is also shared with the Banteay Chhmar Commune Council. A small percentage of money is collected and saved from various tourist activities with money also collected from the sanitation project. The money is used for both community projects such as cleaning the moats and upgrades to the CBT facilities.

Contact details

Tath Sophal
Global Heritage Fund
Community Based Tourism Coordinator
Phone: (+855) 12 237 605 / (+855) 97 723 7605
Email: /




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