Depart early by private helicopter to the remote sprawling archaeological site of Banteay Chhmar, ‘Citadel of the Cat’. A national treasure, this temple complex is rarely visited due to its distant location which gives visitors a sense of first-time discovery. The remoteness of the site makes visitors few and far between: you may find that you have this temple to yourself.
Unlike many other Angkor temples Banteay Chhmar has never been restored and has succumbed to severe looting over the years, being listed several times as one of the hundred most endangered sites in the world by the World Monuments Fund. Experts have claimed that the temple rivaled Angkor Wat in size and magnificence and it has been estimated that it took about 20,000 laborers and about 30 years to build it. Highlights of Banteay Chhmar include the exceptional bas-reliefs on the walls, although many are much damaged due to vandalism or theft.
The Global Heritage Fund is currently working on putting life-size jigsaw puzzle pieces back together. The beautiful complex is surrounded by a water-filled moat, occupying an area of nine hectares. Depending on your timings you may also visit one of the spectacular satellite sites consisting of crumbling ruins in the grips of nature, hidden in the countryside.
Optional - You will be accompanied on your excursion by an expert archeologist, Mr Po-utai, arguably one of the top Cambodian archaeologists in the world today.
Upon arrival you will find a light safari-style breakfast laid out near the temple to welcome you.
For an enhanced guest experience. Available on iPhone and Android.Download the app