The road to Banteay Chhmar
Now, the road from Sisophon to Banteay Chhmar is quite good. It has recently been graded. By share or private taxi it should only take a little more than an hour from Sisophon. It is also easy for tour buses and mini-vans coming from Siem Reap. However, we do caution you to take extra care if coming by moto as the dust can cause blind spots. And, we recommend against hiring a tuk-tuk from Sisophon as this is not a very comfortable way to travel.
Visitors should visit the temple in the morning or evening hours because the temperature can be very hot (about 37C) during the middle of the day. This is also a more ‘magical’ time with some fantastic lighting and shadows. Also, you should bring one or two bottles of drinking water when you visit the temple. You can always ask one of our tour guides for any suggestions or help.
Cambodia CBT Meeting
CBT/CBET members and friends gathered for a meeting in Phnom Penh on February 27. We discussed and contributed news about visitor surveys, action plans, capacity-building, and dealing with challenges such as legislative rules – what should the Cambodian Ecotourism Law look like? A speaker from the Department of Tourism presented a draft law. We all hope to foster a better relationship between all the CBTs, the government and the private sector. Cambodia has much to offer the visitor in terms of authentic and responsible tourism experiences.
We recently formed a partnership between the Banteay Chhmar CBT and Korea Travelers’ Map tour agency. This partnership will support the first community library in Banteay Chhmar. We will start the building process (in the CBT building) in March as well as beginning to purchase library books and materials. We welcome all kinds of books and other educational materials for the library. Thank you for your support. Please see our Support Us page for more information.