As you may know, Southeast Asia has experienced a very severe monsoon season this year. Cambodia has not been spared from tragedy and damage. Hundreds have died and thousands of hectares of rice fields have been damaged.
Fortunately, Banteay Chhmar has escaped damage. The temple, commune and surrounding villages are all in good condition. Unfortunately, the road from Sisophon (Svay) to Banteay Chhmar has not been so lucky. It has been severely damaged in several places. It is passable, but conditions can change daily because of any recent rains. We expect and hope the rains to stop soon.
Visitors are urged to contact us if you have any questions about travel to Banteay Chhmar. There is also an alternate route through Oddar Meanchey which may be in better condition, but is much longer (150 km vs. 65 km from Sisophon). Again, if you contact us we can give you the latest travel news. Think of it as a great adventure.
On a happier note, on October 27, hundreds of schoolchildren and villagers gathered to clean the temple moat. This is an annual event and is done to prepare the moat for the Water Festival and boat racing (November 9-11).
We hope to forget all the bad weather and enjoy a few days of fun with our friends and families. Please join us. We are sure you will enjoy the hospitality and activities during this special Khmer celebration.